Cal Maro has hand-crafted and delivered this sultry slow jam for our listening enjoyment. He has taken baby-making music spanning several decades and re-invented it into modern terms; deepening our perception of soul. Retro-futuristic elements make this vision accessible.
Cal Maro breaks down the track's production process:
"'Bad' is a pop song, but undressing. It was originally a faster song, like a set the night type of energy, but the iteration that hit right was when we slowed it down and let the energy speak for itself. It's a strut. It's tequila in the system. It's the moment you're so shook, you know things are out of your control. But you're past the point of nervousness or doubt; you're feeling yourself. You're ready for it, and you're showing out because you know it's too good both ways for things to not come through."
Quoting influences such as D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, and James Blake, Maro's true love resides in soul and R&B. This impact is apparent; head-nodding grooves, yearning vocals, and a sexy transition around 2:26, switching it up to an even slower vibe. I wish the second wave of this song was longer, but I'm hoping it's showcased in future releases.
Cal Maro started the journey of this project in 2015, and each song he creates boasts a different stylistic approach. Innovation is key in a saturated genre and he has made himself stand out with genre-bending fusions. Cheers!