Reviews: Jenny Bapst – Just 4 Play
Jenny Bapst has stepped out of the cookie cutter music factory and forged her own sound. All she needs is a spotlight. Her freshman EP, “Just 4 Play,” recently hit the airwaves and it’s just a matter of time before this native of Paris garners shine from Istanbul to Albuquerque. Jenny’s music reflects her multi-cultural background as well as the music of the many lands she traveled as a top model. She wraps her agile falsetto in layers of lush synths and deep grooves representing all genres, most notably pop, R &B and reggae. That description might suggest a frenzied hodgepodge, but “Just 4 Play” is a smorgasbord of international sounds; fun, provocative lyrics; and solid vocals.
“Party Life” is a hypnotic dance tune punctuated by Spanish castanets and Middle Eastern drumbeats. “Wrong but Right” mixes pounding French electro with lush, tropical reggae beats. You can hear the fun and confusion in Jenny’s expressive voice as our pop chanteuse warbles naughty lyrics about a girls’ night out that is hijacked by eye candy flirtatiously voiced by Hal Linton. By far, the best cut is “Greater Love.” “Greater Love” could easily translate onto the pulpit with its strong gospel vibe and lyrics about loyalty, love and strength. It’s actually a love song that showcases the smokey, soulful quality of Ms Bapst’s voice as well as her impeccable timing and sincerity. “Dance All Night” is a bouncy pop dance ditty with a catchy beat and crazy hook. “Tea and Biscuit” is a sexy, funny musical dichotomy. Seductive vocals deliver lyrics chock full of double entendre and lust while exotic instrumentation suggests teatime in Khartoum. Mademoiselle’s sweet voice never loses its innocence to the racy lyrics of the edgy, S&M song, “Bad Girl. Jenny never misses a techno beat and clever use of vocal reverb lets you know she is the bad girl in charge of “Bad Girl.”
Ms Bapst is urban chic with a French accent. Every song is not perfect, but collectively they are pretty close. Silky vocals ebb and flow in harmony with Latin, Jazz, R&B, Rock and Metal beats and it’s all delivered hot, fresh, original and authentic. High quality production, perfectly sequenced tracks and a wide variety of musical styles and international instrumentation make “Just 4 Play” intriguing and extraordinary. Polished, well-produced and well-packaged, this EP can easily translate to a live performance without sacrificing listening pleasure. No gimmicks. No effect-drenched muzak. Jenny’s voice leads the music, and as she shifts from breezy and flowing to dark and edgy she sparkles. Her originality separates her from the pack. “Just 4 Play” is just foreplay. Ms. Bapst will be back with more. In the meantime, check out her first EP at WWW.JENNYBAPST.COM.