A timeless single that’s been given a modern makeover to compliment and enhance those very qualities that gave it life in the first place.
Carefully balancing gentle organic funk with an electronic lightness, built by delicate and warmth synths, Rick Habana offers up the perfect bit of audio escapism to get listeners feeling geared up for the brighter months.
Producer nrg has crafted a blissfully enjoyable collection of tracks for this release Love & Violence. Beginning with the delicate jazz-guitar vibes of Broken, a smooth fusion of classic RnB and trip hop emerges and sets the mood beautifully.
The whole thing moves from a simple house track to something much more colourful – lightness overtakes darkness, and slowly but surely the whole vibe of the track rises up higher than the title and the intro ever could prepare you for.
Bass is Pumpin is everything the title implies – BlackLight has crafted a professionally finished and creatively vibrant piece of classic dance music that carefully walks the line between retro and contemporary.
Where the experimental aspect has given the piece character and allowed it to stand out, those essential musical building blocks within present a clear knowledge of what works in composition, so there just as many addictive and satisfying riffs and flickers of colour as there are instances of the unexpected.
Where it’s often possible to listen to a variety of electronic music these days and pick out certain recognisable layers, in this case – CosmiWave offers up an arena of genuinely unorthodox yet perfectly satisfying elements.
Those happy hardcore vibes are partly nostalgic, but the synths and the way these have been intertwined – even the way they fall back to allow the vocal to shine once again – everything has been arranged with a clear understanding of how effective dance music works.
Classic dance music in the depth of the night is the blanket under which this kind of release naturally settles. As always, there are flickers of inspiration from across the globe, not least of all shown through the vocal fragments that are in Zulu – these are actually the names of spices, a quirky nod to the track’s title and underlying concept.
The concept implied is that of peacefulness without possessions – the idea that these ‘things’ we collect and value throughout our lives are perhaps not the key to genuine tranquility; even that they’re often a hindrance to it.
It’s the strength of that bass-line, that thick riff pulsating throughout – this is what you notice, what you take away with you after listening; what you ultimately miss when the silence comes crashing in.
To choose just one song from this collection would be like using only one colour from the pallette to create your latest painting. The playlist in full is where the real experience comes from – an absolute pleasure to stumble upon and well worth journeying into.