With ‘Home,’ Auckland electronic duo SACHI join a history of producers who’ve drawn on the rhythmic and melodic impulses of Jamaican music in their journey to pop excellence. Joining Justin Bieber, Drake, Ed Sheeran, and Rihanna with songwriting and production work from the likes of Skrillex, Boi-1da, PartyNextDoor, and Calvin Harris. The dancehall sounds stems at least 15 years back with US artists Nina Sky and Lumidee being early borrowers of the syncopated rhythms and having huge success in the process.
Although the music is undeniably dance-floor and playlist rotate ready, what really seals the deal is a love-drunk vocal performance from Los Angeles future-pop singer MOONZz. Riding ‘Home’s strident bounce all the way to the finish line, she alludes to gas tanks full of daydreams, fears left at the roadside, blind love, and a desire to get lost tonight, before taking the long way home.
SACHI probably arrived at the hip-hugging grooves, and buoyant melodies of ‘Home’ through the influence of dancehall and afrobeats rising influence on contemporary pop music, and they fuse it with the motifs of trap-inspired electronica as good as anyone else operating within that paradigm right now. With the right push, this could be one of their biggest songs to date, setting them up for a solid EP with support from NZ On Air.