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Review: "Hit Man" - Jackson Breit

Jackson Breit delivers a Blues Pop banger artfully layered with imagery-laden storytelling on his latest track, Hit Man. Breit sings of alternate lifestyles he could have lived, had he gone down a different path, before declaring how lucky he feels to have ended up just the way he is – culminating in the line "1 in 400 trillion, that's the chance that I have this life of mine, It's a miracle that I'm here with you and you're here with me right now". Jackson envisions being an astronaut, Christian, movie star, soldier, preacher's son, lawyer, inner city trashman, and even a felon throughout Hit Man. Lyrics like "Moves so killer, a true born sinner, Maybe another life" give listeners a glimpse into the mind of a self-reflective daydreamer. Hit Man is a fun and catchy song that any member of the audience will find themselves singing along to as Jackson Breit takes them on journey through his musical wonderings.

Hit Man is a funky and fun pop hit with a timeless feel that blends varying eras of music into a cohesive and addicting sound. Jackson's vocal delivery reflects the similar style of artists like John Mayer, Gavin Degraw or Jack Johnson, while the production feels like it's from the golden age of Stax Records. The song opens with jazzy electric piano chords that sound like they're played on a Rhodes or a Wurlitzer. Jackson's vocals slowly slide in during this deceptively chill intro. The energy starts to brew as the layers of reverb and delay peel away from Jackson's voice, just before a cracking snare roll introduces the first hook. The full instrumentation here includes brass, drums, keys, bass, and heaps of backing vocals. There's a bridge after the second chorus that breaks the rhythm of the drums, creating a tense ambiance that increases the excitement of the arrangement. There is also a new section introduced after the third chorus that strips down the instrumentation to simply piano and hand claps. This segment crescendos into a groovy instrumental section, followed by a vocal outro. Hit Man's combination of clean and energetic production with crisp vocals is a foolproof recipe for a hit, man.

Jackson Breit is an independent singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, by way of Virginia Beach, with an iconic blues-soul meets Hip Hop sound and poetically catchy lyrics. Jackson is an industry anomaly, having crafted quite an impressive music career for himself despite having lost hearing entirely in his right ear as a young child. As a youth, Breit took up the jazz trumpet and blues guitar – eventually going on to join his high school jazz band as the jazz trumpeter before briefly starting a reggae rock band and, later, a Hip Hop group called Bruno Jackson. Towards the end of college, Jackson put out his song Sunny Side "which kind of blew up in a way" and lead to him moving to Los Angeles to pursue music full time. His rise to prominence as an artist came from singing cover songs – his track 679 has already surpassed 30 million streams on Spotify alone – and he has since blossomed into one of the more exciting solo artists coming up in the States. Breit also has a penchant for Hip Hop production and the burgeoning star has gone on to skillfully produce the majority of his own songs.

Written By Dan Caddigan



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