S.O.S. - Firebrick (The Editor Remix) - Stereo Stickman

S.O.S. Firebrick (The Editor Remix)


A stomping four-to-the-floor beat underpins the beating heart of the unusually-titled Firebrick

‘You are a washed-out firebrick tone’ goes the lyric – in an energetic delivery that has real vim and vigour. It’s a lyric that locks in perfectly with the rhythm and feel of the melody at each point that it occurs, making a quirky and insistent hook of every moment – and I was instantly intrigued.

I now feel a word of explanation on this point is necessary. A firebrick typically has a deep, vibrant red tone, and this lyric deals with a strong, passionate character who is having her colour eroded because of her interactions with the men in her life.

The story-telling is instant: ’12 years old / And you’re one role model’. It’s unusual for this kind of electro pop to have such a meaningful message with such unique imagery – and it’s delivered with a real edge here. The tropical-flavoured percussive keys keep things chopping along, but really – it’s all about the vocals… 

The production makes hooks out of little vocal ad-libs, and there are plenty of white noise sweeps and additional rhythmic trips, trickles and voices that keep proceedings moving along nicely. Smart voicings and different little flourishes of colour illustrate a savvy pop nous that elevates the arrangement, with all elements earning their place in a mix that’s ever-evolving and deftly handled.

Chris Porter


As well as writing about music, Chris Porter is a songwriter, singer, producer & vocal coach. He has written for all manner of international artists, including Dagny, Dzeko, and hit the No.1 spot with Thailand’s Singto Numchok. His music has had thousands of placements on film, TV & radio all around the globe.

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