Portland's sensual serenader Reva DeVito and Bay Area producer B.Bravo have joined forces to funkify electro-soul with their new project Umii. This Time EP, out via Fresh Selects, includes jazzy slow jams and grooving synth concoctions for one rounded introduction to this West Coast power duo.
"This Time (Intro)" builds slowly with wavy keyboard hums and sparkling synths until we reach the funky lead single "Dangerous," which premiered on EARMILK earlier this month. DeVito's voice flows effortlessly over the quick strums of the electric guitar to start the EP off on a high note. "Make Your Move" and "Feelin' It" follow to keep us dancing with more techno vibes and signature B.Bravo snappy, cascading synths.
Umii doesn't lose any momentum as we reach the middle of the project – or one could say they "Don't Let Up." With hard drum hits and siren sounding whistles, "Don't Let Up" showcases the powerful buoyancy of Devito's voice and Umii's sonic versatility. During the last three tracks, "Masquerade," "The One," and "Not Alone," we hear Devito's R&B influences shine through the silky smooth beats. Each of the songs seem to confront different risks, urges, or even blockades that come along with dating. "Dangerous" bounces with the feelings of meeting someone new, "Masquerade" aches with the pain of hidden secrets, and "The One" burns with the desperation to make a relationship work. It's an evocative story set within ear-tickling, enchanting melodies.
Groove and get real with Umii's debut This Time EP.