Review: Marteen spices it up with ‘Sriracha’

By Lucy Kiefert, Round Table entertainment managing editor

With its bustling bravado, collected confidence and easy energy, Marteen’s debut single “Sriracha” is exemplary of the promising material that can be expected from the next generation of up-and-coming artists.

At 16 years old, he has already opened for artists like Kehlani and Fifth Harmony, his current gig being to accompany Dua Lipa on the east coast dates of her self-titled tour. Though his discography is not lengthy, with only four officially released songs to his name, “Sriracha” possesses enough cool sureness to give Marteen a solid shot at being a teenage hitmaker.

“Sriracha” is sprinkled with raps that layer nicely over the staccato piano riff that is arguably the anchor of the track, the standout line being “Girl, you got a body like Sriracha,” which resonates with a balanced blend of humor and sensuality anyone could sing along to.

The tune is a combination of classic sounds and revamped words that supply it with an R&B swagger both common and unique. This is much like the aesthetic of the musician himself, who has cultivated an old-school-slash-new-school persona that easily sets him apart.

Knowing that four songs have gotten Marteen this far as a supporter for other young, successful acts, an EP or a full-length album could only lift him further – far enough that his bars about pretty girls and hot sauce become an underground anthem for young listeners everywhere.