No stranger to the music scene as a producer and bassist for Melbourne’s Billy Davis, and fellow member of notable music collective Bad Opera comes ‘One Stop Shop’, the debut single from Melbourne beat-maker Tentendo, which features a mysterious uncredited Melbourne artist on the vocals (see if you can guess who?).
From origins studying bass guitar and music performance, Tentendo (otherwise known as Caleb Williams) swapped physical musicianship for production following a wrist injury. The result is ‘One Stop Shop’, a hip-hop influenced alternative R&B glitch pop track with enough sampling and layers to keep you up for days.
Kicking off with a savaging high-pitched vocal sample (almost mimicking a dramatic string arrangement) is a bopping electronic genre-bending display of well-produced glitch hop. As the song progresses and the momentum builds, we are dealt elements of synth-infused Funktronica, Jazz Fusion and Wonky, before diving into a soulful, beat-lite chorus of harmonising melodies. Needless to say, there is a lot going on here, but it all fits together sturdily, working like a completed musical jigsaw puzzle. The finished product is sleek, and quite frankly great. Every little sample, synth, vocal lick or beat have been perfected right down to the finest detail.
‘One Stop Shop’ is a gem among the Alternative R&B that is shaping the sound of the 2010s in music and is a planted seed of what is to be a flourishing career for Tentendo.