Insomniac is one of the best songs to come out this side of the year – undoubtedly one of the most interesting and impressive releases from The Keymakers to date; and they always hit the mark anyway.
Starting things up is an already smooth and beautiful introduction, feeling like something you might expect from the legendary MJ back in the day. A mellow beat and a seductively delicate vocal performance offer a quickly memorable melody line, with a concept that’s easy to relate to and recognise. Following this though, where you may try to make up your mind in these early moments – things continue to evolve in a creatively refreshing, unpredictable way.
Following the first verse, that initial spacious ambiance – trip-hop-like in nature, perhaps with a flicker of a jazz-cafe vibe – the music mutates into this harder hitting fusion of thick bass tones and a more industrial, doubled-up drum-line. This instrumental break adds an entirely new dynamic to the piece, changing the mood, seemingly lifting the pace, raising the intensity. The vocals are toyed around with in a dark and energizing manner, and then – just to mix things up even further – that flicker of jazz reaches its peak with the up-front introduction of a bold and beautifully soulful saxophone part.
The Keymakers always fine-tune their releases, selecting only the utmost relevant and interesting layers to craft their tracks. In this case though they seem to have reached even greater heights – this fusion of elements is completely new, satisfying in its bringing together of genres and moments, and yet still incredibly effective and satisfying as a go-to song. Despite the explicitly creative journey that takes place throughout the track, it suits those late night moments of calm as much as it does the early morning need to wake up. The insomniac concept of course furthers this even more so – the release artistically encapsulates the experience of insomnia in a compelling way.
The Keymakers are a superb musical duo, both incredible artists with unquestionable abilities in songwriting, composition, and performance alike. They get better and better with each new release. Undoubtedly a name to remember and a catalogue increasingly worth exploring.