Before "Make Me (Oooh)," there was "Pretty Girls."
Singer and producer Jayce Cantor received mad feedback after releasing his version of Britney Spears' "Don't Go Knocking On My Door" from 2000's Oops!... I Did It Again album earlier this year. Cantor tells BreatheHeavy the experience was humbling, so he decided to follow up with something more recent. Cantor reworked Britney's 2015 single "Pretty Girls" with an R&B flavor.
"When I was listening to the original 'Pretty Girls' record, I really enjoyed the chords in the bridge, they had a nice, smooth R&B sound to them (I also love the riff Britney sang at 2:01, it reminds me of her 1999 riffs), and I wondered if I can turn it into a hot R&B vibe, and from there it just flowed."
Cantor says he wanted to produce the song from a different perspective and used inspiration from Usher, Lido and LIZ, (and the originators of the vibe-y refixes, MNEK and Brayton Bowman).
"The song sounds very different from the original, which I know the original had a polarizing/mixed response from a lot of Britney’s fans... I hope this version pays tribute to the original despite its different genre/style."
Cantor spent much of this year writing original music which he hopes will drop later this year. "I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I want them to be exceptional," he said, "and I wanted the next Britney record to come out organically."