With the plethora of romantic gestures that take place every February 14 in the form of cards, flowers, and chocolates, it all can feel inauthentic and a bit contrived. There are always Valentine’s related songs that come out as well, trying to cash in on the romantic holiday. Fortunately, there are artists like Remy Banks to offer a more realistic depiction of love and romance in our current times. The Queens-based artist released his single “like me…” on the 14 of February, but it’s not like any Valentine’s Day song you’ve ever heard.
K-Nite 13 produced the track, cultivating a late-night vibe with some gentle yet throbbing bass, sustained string pads, and faraway horn lines. Banks raps over the unhurried yet funky beat about wanting to meet up with a girl late night at the Queens staple Dani’s House of Pizza. The single artwork even features a paper plate and half-eaten slice from the restaurant with a heart-shaped pepperoni at the center. “like me…” is brief and unassuming, but it provides what most of us will probably feel is a more genuine depiction of modern day romance than what appears on most Valentine’s cards. The track also shows that Banks and K-Nite 13 make a formidable duo that will hopefully continue collaborating in the future.