We’re reviewing every song on Little Mix's DNA today to commemorate its US release. Stay tuned for our take on all 12 tracks on the girl group's full-length debut!
You don't expect to see too many D.A.I.S.Y. Age hip-hop interpolations showing up on '10s UK girl group LPs, but Little Mix throw us for an impressive loop with their "How Ya Doin," whose chorus hook and beat are borrowed from De La Soul's 1991 single "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" (in turn taken from Curiosity Killed the Cat's "Name and Number"). The soulful funk of the lifted groove is a pretty good fit for the group, and producer Future Cut gives it enough of a modern pop sheen to keep it from feeling too recycled--even the goofy scratch effects feel appropriate in this particular mix. (Missy's verse on the US version of the song is a nice little '90s throwback, too.)
One petty grievance, however--isn't it a little out of touch to do a song about leaving voice messages? In five years, "Why don't you leave your name and your number and we'll get back to you" will probably sound just as dated as "Here's my number and a dime, call me anytime." We quibble, though.
POPDUST SAYS: 4/5