Teaming up with DJs ‘Banx & Ranx’ the song opens with a stripped back version of the infectious chorus – listeners can grasp Ella’s beautiful vocals, which leads up to a small indication of her singing talents throughout.
The verses contain influences from Caribbean and Jamaican sounds mixed with a heavy bass, creating a tune that inevitable makes you want to dance. This style of sound has been used by artists such as Mabel in her recent singles ‘Fine Line’ and ‘Finders Keepers’. However, even with these sounds, the songs production still remains true to pop and allows for her vocals to flow seamlessly.
When adding a feature to any song it can often to an oversight or more of an add on that doesn’t quite make sense. However, the production of the track is perfectly suited so that Yxng Bane’s voice flows effortlessly into the track. Their duet vocals on the final bridge of the song create the harmony that fans have most desperately wanted to see since Ella released her last single ‘Ego’, which was a childish take on the sound fans were used to from the artist. It’s refreshing to see Ella comfortable with her sound.
‘Answerphone’ itself is a simple pop song which shows maturity, not only within the production of sound, but within the music business but also from the growth of the artist herself.
Words: Jake Frain