GM Baby- Pains Of Life

January 15th, 2004

‘Pains Of Life’ the EP by the thoughtfully named GM Baby is five tracks of emotive subject matter and innovative production. The vocals showcase comfortable and capable talent and the artwork stresses the musician’s expressive and artistic ability. Track one is titled ‘Pussy Cat’ which opens with the beautiful high to low scale of some kind of trumpet. Then in comes a female vocalist who’s garage chorus esc sounds are surprisingly quick in having you warm to them. Then its the turn of the emcee, an energetic presence who clearly has things on his chest. Words about high times (weed) are appreciated as part of retrospectively, a collection of songs which are entirely serious and purposeful. Track two ‘Pains Of Life’ is the stand out track. The production boasts an appetizing and repetitive baseline which works well alongside the politically charged verses which sounds concern over the war of Iraq, a dislike for Tony Blair and the suggestion that he’s the terrorist. At the halfway point is ‘L.O.V.E’ a track which ‘Light My Ass On Fire’ by Busta Rhymes and The Neptunes could have been as good as if they weren’t as repetitive and excessive with the familiar pounding percussion as they disgracing were. GM Baby are obviously more caring of their art and don’t merely chuck together any old thing lying around the studio for the hell of it. They’re intelligent. Track four is ‘Bling Bling’ (If my incorrect track list serves me correct). Here background vocals serve well in providing a finished article which is layered with enticing and attention seeking scratches and samples. ‘Happiness, lets make a plan. Early retirement to tropical land’ sees the lyricist imagining a place much better than here. Something all listeners who have sense should be able to dig. The final track ‘Revolutions’ features Supar Nouar and starts with an atmospheric and chilling series of guitar strings. Then in comes a deep (in both senses) base line and the harmonic hook of the now lovable female voice. ‘Too many people on the streets are poor’ just one of many painful social observations. All in all this album is as solid as it could be. It’s worth the effort in hunting down to purchase and deserves the credit and attention it is sadly unlikely to achieve. This SHOULD in this opinion, be the future direction of independent urban music in the UK.