By Cynthia Gross
This Alchemical Records article is read by the author to provide a multimedia experience for our audience while increasing the accessibility of our content to persons with hearing loss, low vision, dyslexia, physical or motor disabilities, or are on the autism spectrum.
D.C. native and producer Square Meal Laboratories recently released their latest single “Ain’t Got Time,” a seductive Latin-inspired tongue-in-cheek diss track featuring Nicki Gonzalez, an alum of the DMV creative scene.
“Ain’t Got Time” relishes in the aftermath of a toxic relationship. Lyrics in the sultry, slightly off-kilter track suggest the protagonist is dealing with a narcissist: “the way you act is like a spoiled child,” “you walk around like you’re some kind of savior,” and “you’re a horrible man, it’s true.”
Despite the testy subject matter, audiences do not doubt for a moment whether the fed up former lover will come out on top. Musically, “Ain’t Got Time” juxtaposes breakup lyrics with tango and salsa, naturally prompting listeners to dance in celebration of the protagonist’s realization she’s better off without her former flame.
And not only better, she’s also enjoying his inevitable demise immensely. “When I heard you’re broke / I couldn’t help but smile,” she proclaims without guilt.
“Ain’t Got Time,” which explores the twisted edge between pop, glitch, and indie music, is the opening track from Square Meal Laboratories EP, You Deserve a Medal. Fans of Skrillex and BENEE will feel at home with the song.
“Hopefully, ‘Ain’t Got Time’ has enough depth that different people will have different takeaways, but all will agree that the music merits further investigation,” notes Marc Capponi, the namesake behind Square Meal Laboratories. The song does just that, drawing listeners in with its attractively dissonant vibe and dark humor.
In addition to his production work with Square Meal Laboratories, Capponi performs with children-themed band Rocknoceros, which received its tenth Wammie Award earlier this year. Square Meal Laboratories won the “Army of Love” remix competition in 2020, in addition to a Wammie Award for producing the single “This Stupid Year (Featuring KSO).”
The last line of “Ain’t Got Time” is hands down award-worthy. Delivered in an equally sweet, pungent, and sarcastic timbre, it is executed perfectly to deal “the biggest prick by far” a knockout blow: “Oh, poor baby / You’ve been treated so unfair / You deserve a medal.” Our leading lady is better off now, and she knows it.
Follow our Alchemical Weekly Spotify Playlist for this and more great music featured on the site. Stay tuned for Square Meal Laboratories next release, a three-song EP, which drops September 24, in addition to Capponi’s next solo project, “Queen of Somerset,” described as “a story of sex, greed, and cross-dressing on top of a Mozart-meets-the-Rat-Pack score.”
Maryland-based singer-songwriter Cynthia Gross seeks to inspire an awakening to all we are and all we can become. With a passion for language in all of its forms and more than a decade of experience as a professional ghostwriter, she is a light seeker who understands the power of each individual’s voice to create positive, meaningful change.
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