KACEY FIFIELD, “Toxic”
Think of “Toxic” as a quick taste of what’s to come this year from 17 year old singer/songwriter Kacey Fifield. Kacey showed a lot of promise with a trio of electronic pop singles last year – “Ghost” (with South Korean producer Little Rain), “Confused” and “Camouflage” – as well as “Last Breath”, a duet with co-writer and mentor Robbie Rosen, several of which I wrote about. “Toxic”, also co-written with Robbie, is a bigger step forward, creating a dance anthem of sorts for young women who have risen above toxic friendships and relationships. Its compelling production comes courtesy of India’s Nippendab, whose recent release “Mind” was picked up by no less than Sam Feldt for his Heartfeldt radio show. The bass synth work in this house mix is a perfect foil for Kacey’s bold vocal. Kacey’s singles have been remixed in past (most recently by Jay Bird, who put a future bass spin on “Ghost”), so moving more into the uptempo dance music stream is natural. Reminiscent of Daya (who at 16 won a Grammy for her vocal on The Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down”), Kacey is sure to help open doors for other young women in this genre. There’s much more to come from Kacey in the coming months!