I first heard of Dirty Loops in 2011 when they introduced themselves to YouTube with an impeccable cover of Lady Gaga (above). When I say "cover," I mean a skillful, intelligently rewritten jazz-fusion adaptation of a Lady Gaga song. If Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" is a grocery store cake, Dirty Loops' "Just Dance" Cover is a gourmet, homemade cake with perfectly cut fruit and decoration throughout. Sure, both are cake, but one is clearly further designed with intricate care and attention by someone with much more experience over the other.
And that is what Dirty Loops is about; intricately designed pop music that entertains the broader audience as well as the musical enthusiasts such as myself. This is pop music for people who want music that's more thought-out than the typical Ke$ha song with no soul, emotion, or practice behind it. So much musical architecture is contained in each song on this album, it feels like being one of the kids on a tour of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory with details and new candy behind every corner. Dirty Loops demand your full attention with expertly executed in-the-pocket grooves with enough musical flair and emotion to make your hair stand on end. This is the kind of music you truly need to have an honest understanding of what it takes to perform it in order to appreciate it fully. I'm not saying you have to be a music scholar in order to appreciate the music (and I'm also not saying all musicians have to like this album), but I am saying that when you study and listen to music as much as I do, there is so much more going on in Loopified than the average listener may realize, and I consider it pretty much brilliant from start to finish.
I've always had a typical disdain for pop music because of how watered down it all is today. It doesn't mean pop music is bad, it just hasn't offered anything worth truly noting since Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Typical 4/4 beats with eighth-triplet synth progressions and lyrics stating "we in the club" get me to switch off my radio quicker than the last. Dirty Loops manages to write incredibly catchy tunes that fit within that same genre while breaking all clichés surrounding pop with their musical finesse and attention to detail. Loopified is riddled with beautifully written chord progressions that make you tilt your head as the key signature hops from here to there through flawless, snappy chord inversions and perfect key changes. The music spans across a rainbow of emotional variety through funk, orchestral, acoustic, jazz, trance, and a dash of classical sprinkled on top (which I could geek over for hours). As I listen, it feels like I'm on some magical dreamscape through a beautiful world rich with color and wonder. I wish I could come close to writing music this good, and maybe I will someday; but, it is still so satisfying to hear beautiful music played with such accuracy.
Every single section of this album is filled to the brim with detailed change-ups that never repeat themselves. The lyrics and melodies range from what feels like Michael Jackson hits to Stevie Wonder, Rihanna, or Earth, Wind & Fire. Dirty Loops show truly how far pop music can go when it's written at this caliber by musicians who know music beyond four chords. If there were more bands like Dirty Loops in the top #100 on the music charts, I feel pop music wouldn't seem so wasted on the sexualized and autotuned. People need to know that this is where pop music should be today. This band deserves all of the music awards and a lot of compensation for this masterpiece of an album. The "artists" Dirty Loops cover pale in comparison. Dirty Loops take the "best songs in the world today" and show how stupid it all is by destroying everything about it with Loopified (non-maliciously, of course).
The drum solo in "The Way She Walks" is jaw-dropping. It deserves its own paragraph.
This album is so far from being dull that if I were to actually go in-depth on it (which I totally can if you want to talk in person about it), it would take hours to read. The flawlessly performed song, "It Hurts" sounds like something like Boys II Men mixed over Phantom of the Opera. The emotion behind the vocal performance is vivid (check out "Crash And Burn Delight" and try not to let the passion behind those words connect). The power behind Jonah's vocals is nothing short of magical with astounding range and control. Even the progression in the strings match the emotions of the lyrical content perfectly. Throughout the album: the drums, bass, and keyboard work (during the instrumental sections especially) each demonstrate a skillful display of practiced and disciplined musicianship that is truly refreshing without even coming close to what I would consider overdone in music today.
Dirty Loops is top-tier, and Loopified is a must-listen from start to finish. It is nothing short of inspiring. I cannot recommend it enough to truly express how much I appreciate this kind of music. I'll be listening to this album until I'm dead. Beautiful.