With September-end seeing the second edition of his concept album ‘Grotesque – Reworked & Remixed’ hit shelves & stores, into the autumn RAM turns up the release heat again.
This time it’s single business that’s at hand and ‘Northern Star’ represents the Dutchman’s third union with Susana – the singer behind both ‘Someone Like You’ and the unforgettable ‘RAMelia’.
When it comes to bringing ‘Northern Star’ its emotional heft, studio-wise RAM takes zero chances. He loads its production deck with a near limitless array of striking elements. Elevating key changes, chord progressions and savant-like techniques all play their part. Bass roll and percussive spur catalyse its purposeful tempo, while epic, reverb-heavy guitar riffs and luminous sub-melodies establish yet greater ether.
With her dazzling vocal performance, Susana catches the emotional current of RAM’s production perfectly. As ‘Northern Star’ flows into its drop, his production elements draw down, ultimately setting her voice against beat-free pianoforte and majestic orchestral strings. Susana bares her soul as never before with from-within lyrics and a delivery that’ll pull you in a thousand different ways… before sending you to the stars.
‘Northern Star’ is out now and stream/purchase through this link: https://blackhole.choons.at/northernstar
Richard Durand, that masterful DJ, relentless globe-circler and Level 5 caffeine enthusiast, is delighted to present the handshake single for his new long-player. A joint release between Holland’s Magik Muzik and the UK’s Outburst Records, Richard’s ‘The Air I Breathe’ also serves as his striking first time pairing with Ms. Christina Novelli.
If you want a first taste of what the Amsterdamer’s first album in six years will look & sound like, here’s where you’re gonna get it!
From ‘The Air’s outset, Richard sets the most evocative of scenes, carving it deep with rolling bass concentration, echoic & deeper-timbered percussion and quick-release snares bursts. Moving from background to fore, its pads well up and Richard’s synths start their sweep, while Christina’s harmonic refrains begin to establish their presence.
Come the drop, Richard brings all the studio’s spotlights to bear on ‘The Air’s song. Christina burns up the room with a performance that lyrically is as emotionally searching as it is relatable, while its delivery is nothing less than heartrending. Supporting the chorus’ poignancies, one by one Richard reintroduces his production elements, ultimately tying them together to pull off the track’s final altitude-grabbing rapture.
New album account opened, ‘The Air I Breathe’ is available to stream/purchase here, now: https://magikmuzik.choons.at/theair
01: Richard Durand & Christina Novelli – The Air I Breathe (Club Mix)
02: Richard Durand & Christina Novelli – The Air I Breathe (Radio Mix)