Last year, multihyphenate James Reid took a step back from his acting and modeling and careers to focus on his musical career — a step that, according to ABS-CBN, he said was all about "creative control" and "artistic expression."
He immersed himself in every aspect of the music-making process, diving deep into the record label he co-founded, Careless Music, in order to focus on honing his signature brand of pulsing, R&B-informed pop.
In the latest episode of Press Play at Home, Reid showcases those influences with a performance of "California Lovin'," a breezy and carefree bop that the singer co-wrote with producer/artist Ken Nana and singer Darius Coleman.
"California Lovin'" is a yearning pop song that conjures up the dreamy excitement of new love, daunted by distance but heady in the moment. Reid names psychedelic funk as his favorite genre, and the song borrows from those influences, using vocal runs and a pulsing beat to create a song that's as much about a feeling as a storyline.