Monday, June 22nd, 2020

Chloe x Halle – Do It

Do it.


Leah Isobel: No matter how much music I listen to or how old I get, it never stops being thrilling to see young, talented artists level the fuck up. Chloe and Halle Bailey’s debut record showed so much promise, but was a little too precocious and heady for its own good. But like many a pop record about doing things before it, “Do It” works because it focuses on immediate, physical pleasures: looking good, dancing with your friends, curving dudes, and singing flawless harmonies. 

David Moore: The squishy bass plays well against the airiness of the vocals, which evoke an earlier era of feather-light performances that are nonetheless commanding — Cassie, Natasha, Christina Milian. Like a lot of Chloe x Halle, it feels out of time, carved into a little tucked-away corner of the pop mainstream, ghost music for phantom clubs.

Alfred Soto: Turns out whispery vocals over trap beats is cool as hell, and Chloe x Halle are the duo for it. Desperation as a wink-wink performance. A breathy kiss of a single. 

Tobi Tella: “Keeping it cute” really is the best way to describe this: more mature and fun without getting rid of the duo’s best qualities. Is it a little bit basic? Sure, but just because a certain lane of music — light R&B about nothing in particular — is overdone doesn’t make it inherently bad.

Nina Lea: On first listen, I found “Do It” pretty underwhelming–it seemed to have slightly less of both the inventiveness of other tracks on Ungodly Hour and the youthful sparkle of “Happy Without Me.” But it’s slowly grown on me, radiating a sense of clear self-possession and a soaring openness usually absent from songs about going to the club.

Nortey Dowuona: A smooth, frosted synth is sprayed over the loopy, lurching bass and shivering percussion, which is paved over with heavy bass synths as Chloe and Halle glide across it. They twirl together as they leap atop the bass synth mixer and lean back and float right up. Then slick drum programming slides down over the synths and melts them while Chloe and Halle float down and walk away.

Wayne Weizhen Zhang: “Do,” “crew,” “cool,” “boo”, “you”, “mood,” “cute, “ooh”: individually, they’re short, punchy words, but together, they culminate in a fluffy cloud of assonance so dreamlike you could practically float away. The rest of the song is just as clever and aurally pleasing: “Do It” is one of the best “good vibes only” anthem released thus far in 2020. 

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