Brooklyn-based pop/hip-hop singer-songwriter Har’Monique, aka Monique Fraser, recently released her new single/lyric video, “Take Over,” a track from her forthcoming self-titled album, slated for release on October 15.
Produced by Kontrabandz, the album embraces 16-tracks including elements of pop, hip-hop, R&B, and reggae, along with her distinctive Caribbean Afro beats.
In her music, as well as in her life, Har’Monique says she’s “working hard to be just a little better than I was yesterday.”
Born and raised in New York sandwiched between Binghamton and Brooklyn, discovered a passion for music eight years ago, followed by releasing a single, followed by a two-year pause after the collapse of her relationship. At the beginning of 2021, she resolved not to allow a stumbling block to get in the way of her music.
Har’Monique is back!
“Take Over” opens on emerging, swirling tones flowing into a trap-lite rhythm topped by Har’Monique’s luscious vocals, sensuous and silky-smooth. Savors of cool R&B blend with hints of reggae, as well as Afro beats, to give the melody a seductive, undulating spill.
Sinuous, glowing vocal harmonies expand the song’s scope with creamy hues, adding mirror-like echoes.
The rhythm made up of scratchy trap hi-hat strokes, a thumping kick-drum, and a rolling bassline, gives the tune a tropical cadence, at once voluptuous and potent. The overall feel of the tune recalls dance music amalgamated with R&B tangs.
As good as the melody is, the highlight of the song is Har’Monique’s posh voice, infusing the lyrics with alluring timbres, swanky inflections, and erotic phrasing.
“Heard you’re looking for someone / Your partner / To hold onto / When you’re feeling blue / Never really had someone / Give me this feeling / But it’s up to you / To make your move / If you’re rolling with me / Take off the lights / I could be the best thing / You ever had in life.”
With “Take Over,” Har’Monique delivers cashmere, rippling harmonics fused with erogenous Afro beats, capped by her tantalizing voice.