Talk about heavy-electronic-reggae. DJ Snake recently released his album and No Option is one of the tracks on the album. He decided to feature our very own “African Giant” as is the case with most international acts. No Option is a mix of old school reggae with heavy electronic beats. It does sound great to hear Burna Boy sing pure reggae instead of the popular variations of reggae and fusions he usually sings.
You can listen to the song below
No Option starts with the plain old but lovely reggae beats. Oh, what a fresh breath of something new in the Nigerian music scene. Right from the very beginning of the song, the beats were fused with electronic beats subtly. However, as the song progressed, the electronic beat became more prominent.
The vocals of the song were befitting for the song. We could mostly hear what Burna Boy was singing with little difficulties. Sharp, precise tonguing is needed to make this much sparkle, and close attention must be paid to the vocal dynamics of the song.
The freshness of sound, absence of musical clichés, colourful work, use of the Jamaican Patois, the crisp and intense combination of traditional reggae beats and the more recent electronic beats. There were splashes of percussive colour, a deep woody bassoon solo fused with strong Ambient dubs leads to a warm, mellow four-part horn chorale, a tender, expressive melody by the oboe.
At a point in time, it seemed like the instrumentals were too loud and they were just preventing us from hearing what Burna Boy was singing very well.