DJ Cosmin - Good To Be Free - Stereo Stickman

DJ Cosmin Good To Be Free


I didn’t know what to expect when I was sent DJ Cosmin’s Good To Be Free; with a name like ‘Cosmin’ I almost thought I was about to hear some Synthwave or even more ambient-leaning styles of music. I certainly didn’t expect to hear a house track with gospel-esque vocal arrangements provided by Amagin, and a song that heavily relies on chromatic chordal movements.

Good To Be Free comes in at 3 minutes 26 seconds long, and like most others in this genre is built on a drum loop and bass line, both of which are relatively static but develop a little during the chorus. That being said, I’m a sucker for house bass-lines, and enjoyed the sound-world they’d created.

The song’s underlying sentiment is a little unclear, I was however pleasantly surprised to hear an incredibly Justin Timberlake-influenced second verse – not an easy thing to achieve and overall a nice addition to the song.

As the drop hit for the second time, it became more evident what the song was supposed to be, but unfortunately it finished a short time afterwards. A reprise of this would have worked well – the riff was catchy and built up of interesting sounds.

I’m not entirely sure whether the lyric was a nod to Billy Taylor’s I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free. I really hope it was, I love the cross-pollination of genre present, and this reference would be the icing on the cake. The whole thing is undoubtedly a grower.

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Andy Bell


Andy is a composer & producer from Newcastle upon Tyne. After graduating with a Master's degree from University, Andy is now working in recording studios local to his area & spending time writing reviews & articles on all aspects of music, recently completing a music tutorial eBook on how to use the music notation software, Sibelius. Andy also plays in Synthpop duo Drive.

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