‘I Feel Alright’ with Bonzai’s new positive banger
BONZAI is running strong, with a feature on the massive Mura Masa debut album alongside Tom Tripp, Damon Albarn and Christine and The Queens, as well as a rapidly blowing up career on her own. She’s in control of her voice and her sound. She’s off-kilter RnB that’s blending together the hey-day of the 90s with a sounds of the future. It’s her ability to roam between the familiar and not so much, that keeps her fresh and it is absolutely evident on her new positive banger and music video, ‘I Feel Alright’.
‘I Feel Alright’ may sound a touch more conventional that some of Bonzai’s latest outputs, but it’s message is quite clear and it is how it is conveyed that is so exciting. Using organic percussion, beeping synths and a dancehall sample to round out the beat – it’s a grooving tune that very much does put you into a good mood. Honestly, try listening to the track and not wanting to say ‘I Feel Alright’. Mura Masa as always brings the slick production which is interesting after his collaborations latest album that very much blurred the lines of pop. His songs get played not because he makes radio hits but because he is Mura Masa and they become radio hits. The combination of Bonzai’s impossible cool, both vocally, lyrically and stylistically lifts up Mura Masa’s production into quite simply a pop sensation. Bonzai and Mura Masa are a pairing for the ages.
The video clip itself shows off Bonzai’s natural charm, she’s adventuring through the forest with bright well-dressed friends, culminating with one big party around a bonfire. The video focuses on the coquettish and endearing Bonzai. She’s got attitude as her three large bright red braids tumble around her head like ropes. She’s got style, it’s effortless but obviously well-constructed. It’d be silly to think that Bonzai doesn’t have it all thought out. The entire video evidently states Bonzai is goddamn cool and you should make sure you are on board now.
Bonzai is only 20 and she’s making waves, she knows who to collaborate with and she’s got a vision for herself as an artist. If her slew of EPs, singles and collabs isn’t enough – just wait for whatever the rest of the year promises. No one releases a pop banger without a plan and Bonzai seems like a gal with a plan.