Adam F is an incredibly famous producer that has worked with stars like LL Cool J and Missy Elliot. He has also released some solo singles which have all been great successes, some of which have been on Zane Lowe’s list of the ‘Hottest Record in the World’. His newest record ‘When the Rain is Gone’ is very interesting. In many ways to my untrained ear it sounds exactly like any other ‘Club’ song, however interestingly it actually has some musical concepts in it!
It reminds me of all the ‘neds’ techno songs back in second year of school, however it is slightly more ‘highbrow’ with its orchestral strings harmony and ascending arpeggios. The song also manages to pair these classical concepts with ones that I am told are found in ‘Dubstep’ music, something that I can’t say that I have ever listened to. What these concepts are I couldn’t tell you, but maybe it is the more heavy bass that makes it’s way through most of the song. There are also many interesting uses of synth, with slides up semitones and other synth sounds added into the mix. The singing is interesting. It sounds like it has been out through a voice changer to change the pitch and give it a higher sound, something that is often found in this type of music. There are also good harmonies between the voices, which add emphasis at crucial points in the song.
Its difficult to explain songs like this as ‘techno’ music tends to have many different elements to it to make it more exciting and interesting to the drunken hoards of revellers that tend to listen to them in clubs. Songs like ‘When the Rain is Gone’ s main purpose is to excite people and put them into an excited trance where they think anything should be possible and every night out is the best of their lives (increasing drink sales and club entrances) something which this, I believe manages to do. It is complex, but not confusing, meaning that it will take a long time to get boring. I think it is my favourite song of this genre, but what genre that is I have no idea!
So…the clocks have went back. It’s darker earlier and earlier. It’s darker more. Daylight comes later and later. It’s getting colder. Somewhere up above us, a huge vat of ice and snow is being prepared, ready to drop on us very soon and cover everything in a white, slidey blanket. Polar bears are slowly making their way here. Possibly. What can be done to stave this ice ridden nightmare off?!
Well I’ll tell you what can be done! Play ‘Majesties Ranch’, the new single by Fixers. And play it a lot. For this is pure summer nostalgia, and will surely invoke memories of bright sunny days spent on the beach, at a festival or just plain lazing around. In the sun. When it was warm.
But enough of such allusions. Let’s get down to it. First, here’s what you need to know. ‘Majesties Ranch’ is the lead single from Fixers’ forthcoming EP Imperial Goddess Of Mercy, released on the 5th of December. ‘Majesties Ranch’ is available now to download from either the band’s website or Facebook page (check the links at the bottom) as well as the usual online retails. With the essentials out of the way, what about the track itself? My slaverings above have kind of hinted that it’s really rather fantastic, but I’m not sure that will do. As I said, listening to the song will surely bring back happy, sun kissed memories, and that’s because it’s a gloriously uplifting tune. It’s soaring, majestic, and downright brilliant. It’s a keyboard driven piece of awesomeness with a bass riff constantly buzzing underneath, the drums relegated to the background but still there to whip the song along and many little effects that all add up to make for a stunning backdrop for the breathlessly exhaled lyrics. Think of bands like Passion Pit and you’ll be close to what we’re talking about here. It’s simply fantastic, uplifting music to stir even the sourest of souls. If you don’t love this song, you don’t have a soul, and I (and Mr T) pity you. This isn’t just an opinion shared by me however, as the song was Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’ recently. And rightly so. The world needs more music like ‘Majesties Ranch’. And since you’re part of this world, that includes you. Play it. And love it.
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