Instantly, this track puts me in a fast-paced video game racing down Rainbow Road or something. It’s the uptempo instrumental that almost sounds like a Nintendo soundtrack, mixed with her melodies and futuristic tone. Luckily there’s a switch in tempo and vibe into the pre-hook which gives us a chance to breathe and soak in more ambience and vocal appreciation. The slight robotic tinge to Y.A.S’s vocal tone has me saying “Yas” because it blends well with the production aesthetic. Brb grabbing my Nintendo Switch.
Scottish-born, London-based artist Y.A.S introduced herself to the industry via an assortment of heavyweight collaborations with both artists and producers from across the electronic music spectrum, including the likes of TroyBoi and DEVI. With the water firmly tested, she’s ventured out as a solo artist proving she’s ready to steal the show.
“Big Dreams Die Hard” is a good example of her use of symbolism; using her sweet, innocent sounding vocals, and vibrant production to tell a dark and painful truth. This juxtaposition sets up the theme of ‘smoke and mirrors’ right from the beginning of the song.