Nestled in my Spotify release radar suggestions this week was the latest Darla Jade track, “Backseat Driver.” I was pretty excited to check it out, as it has been a while since I’ve noticed anything from her. I have to say, her synth-pop style is still going strong, and she’s definitely setting the bar high with her amazing musical talent. In fact, it’s awesome seeing her blowing away the competition with her superb, synthy musical offerings.

Bearing in mind, that she’s been working hard to make a name for herself in the music industry as an independent artist, it looks like all her hard work is finally starting to pay off. In her music, she’s been really focused on developing her unique brand of synth-pop. In addition to airplay on Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music, she continues smashing live festival performances. Listening to “Backseat Driver” it’s clear that both her music and her personal brand have gone up a gear. (Pun intended)

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The track was written in collaboration with Imad Salhi and George Gleeson in Rome last year…

“It’s about feeling out of control and struggling with trust, Darla said.

At first, I must admit, I had a bit of a shaky moment with “Backseat Driver.” The opening kick drum had me worried that I was in for yet another rendition of the classic “Take On Me” by A-ha bassline. My fears dispelled quickly when I realized I was mislead in my assumptions. There is definitely an 80s vibe to the track. Yet the bassline and synths take on a life of their own, creating a unique and mesmerizing sound. The layers of shimmer, chugging bass, and even guitar shreds all come together in perfect harmony. Overall, “Backseat Driver” is a true gem that any music lover would be remiss to pass up.

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