Chuck Ramos
Chuck Ramos
10 Jul 2020

The infectious sound of Yes Please return with their new album, Updog. Formed by Apob and Matt Miggz, the duo are known for their fun-loving sound created by Pop production and memorable hooks. Their latest release furthers the duo’s energetic sound while implementing dashes of heavier production and experimental vocal outings that toe the line between Hip Hop and blissed-out R&B. The 11-track project features the group’s previously released singles, “Bikini Bottom,” “All The Time,” “Half Nelson,” “White Knuckles” and “Susie,” while bolstering five previously unheard tracks that help texturize the kind of dynamic sound that embodies Updog.

Opened by the project’s melodic “Life of The Party,” Yes Please sets a firm precedent for the kind of sounds that will proceed the introductory record. Booming production accompanied by Matt Miggz’s sterling vocals assists in setting an upbeat attitude while simultaneously priming listeners for the project’s proceeding, previously released songs, “Bikini Bottom and “All The Time.” Progressing past the aforementioned singles emerges “Cool Off,” a reeled-in sticky slow jam that is characterized by its reverberating bass-lines and haunting vocals. Although the first half of the album’s fourth track feels like a surrogate interlude, “Cool Off” evolves into an entirely different song filled with melodic crooning and an inescapable bop.

The project progresses with the funky and enthusiastic bass lines of “Turn It Around,” exemplifying the duo’s malleability as a tandem. Naturally pressing forward with the guitar striking libido of “Half Nelson” and then into the electronic sensibilities of “Dip Lo” featuring Ro Ransom, Yes Please manages to touch on different genres, styles, and moods throughout the project’s varied identity. Their seamless ability to do this makes the final stretch of the project simultaneously unexpected but overall anxiety-inducing, warranting the question, “where will they take us next?”

In closing Yes Please rounds out its last four records with the previously released, “White Knuckles and “Susie” before the familiar-sounding chords of “Tylenol.” What begins like a 90s reminiscent guitar-led ballad quickly turns into a bass-rattling sway before culminating into the powerful exclamation of “Broke Baby.” Yes Please leave an incredibly impressionable mark as an exciting duo with a boundless sonic profile. This is a 30-minute exhibition you are going to want to revisit several times as it caters to several different moods, settings, and feelings.  

Listen to Updog by Yes Please below.