DMK: Ain't This What Y'all Been Waiting For (Album Review)
The answer is YES. I haven’t felt this moved by a songful group of ladies since Danity Kane came and went... AND I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THEM! The fact that this group is homegrown is all the better. I’ve been seeing DMK (@dmkofficial) floating around the net for awhile now but I've finally caught their wave. Making the cut at only 6 tracks, DMK has managed to accomplish a lot with a little, and I was absolutely blown away. With aspirations of their music being heard worldwide, I took a moment to appreciate some local talent and dissect the dynamic sound of this literal triple-threat formation.
The album opens with the song “I Bet,” a song that loosely samples “Put Ya Hands Where My Eyes Can See” by Busta Rhymes, but recreates it with an insanely catchy R&B bop. The three songstresses exhibit their vocal talent through a series of rhythmic runs and lyrics like “You been spending all your time... runnin’ // Closin’ every door I... open // Ignorin’ every word I said and it’s so sad ‘cause I betchu wanted LOVE.” By the time the chorus comes around, you’ve already been swallowed in a sea of R&B bliss and their harmonization only further entraps you. These ladies obviously have a lot of love to give and though these fellas missed out on what seems to be amazing affection. Their inability to acknowledge the roses while they could still smell them has actually graced us— the listeners— the opportunity to hear such raw emotion. DMK: 1, Fellas: 0.
Delving further into the album you run into “Taste,” which immediately catches your attention with its sampling of Cameo’s “Candy.” Damoli (@damoli_dmk), Kourtney (@kourtney_dmk) and Melanee (@melanee_dmk) harmonize perfectly on this sexually-charged selection— letting fellas know that they better not waste a drop if they’re ever so lucky to “Taste” it. You’ll be hooked once you listen because each songstress offers a different element of R&B goodness that is honestly missing in today's music. Another tasteful offering this album contains is “Sexuation,” a slow-building sensual joint that will certainly put you in the mood for a sexual soiree. Containing descriptive lyrics like “Boy Ima pull up on you // come show me like I had no clue // I’ll leave right out when we through // I know they can’t do what I do” we get the day-dreamy imagery of two lovers entangled in a passionate but mutual situationship— both competing to one-up their partner. It’s a pretty cool joint and the fact these ladies are tasteful and soulfully talented in the art of sensual story-telling makes it 10x better.
I can’t give you ALL the gems on this album, just a few standout joints that caught my attention. The rest of the album you’re going to just have to view for yourself. Overall, this project doesn’t disappoint. Coming in at a short-yet-sweet six tracks total, the title makes sure to live up to its name. This album is exactly what we’ve been waiting for. So R&B lovers unite! DMK is showing no signs of letting up, and with more music on the way, we’ll be waiting for that, too.
Stay True. Stay Fresh. Stay Laced.