Stacey Jackson – Flipside (2021)

If you are in the mood for a single that is both retro and empowering, Stacey Jackson has what you need. ‘Flipside’ is an anthem of empowerment, with a further message hidden in its depths. As an older woman in the public eye, Jackson draws on the obstacles she has faced, and pours her determination and self-assertion into each word.

This burst of 80s style pop reinforces the message that Jackson has staying power, not only to listeners, but to herself as well. Coming to the music world later in life, Jackson launched her debut single at age 40 and it was a chart success. Since then, she has recorded four albums and a single, with legendary rapper Snoop Dogg. With this single, she is letting all of us know that she is not going anywhere, but up.

‘Flipside’ grabs your attention with ambient atmospherics that gains an 80s retro beat, which rises from the depths of the soundscape. There is a lively dance feeling woven between the retro tones that pounds in your chest. It is impossible for this melody to not make you want to move in some way. It is a great balance between retro synths and a modern beat that pumps you up. The empowerment of the vocals is first felt in the melody, as the light and colours of the music replace your blood with glittering strength.

As the melody pumps you up with the blend of retro synth and modern dance beats, the vocals add another layer of retro flow. Jackson’s vocals shimmer against the music and echo into the synths. The chorus is lively and uplifting as she drops the worries of the past and pushes forward with a renewed feeling of strength in herself. Every word has been chosen to empower you and get you to feel strong in the face of adversity. The vocal delivery drives the message home, while being entirely too catchy for its own good. If you were to blare this song from your speakers, you are going to sing along to the chorus. The happiness and positive vibes that fill the vocals are wonderful and just what a lot of people need right now.

Stacey Jackson has you bouncing around to her retro sound, while feeling the colourful empowerment of ‘Flipside’. The melody blends modern beats with retro synths to get you moving to the rhythm. Jackson’s vocals shimmer through the single, while urging you to sing along and fill yourself with the strengthening power she provides.

Find out more about Stacey Jackson on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify.

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