I’ve got to say, it’s been a heavy week for me. Festivals, gigs, writing, traveling, body and heartache can all wear you down.
Suddenly it is 6:09 AM.
I realize I haven’t slept tonight-- I’ve travelled hours, worked on my tunes, written prose, and mixed for more-- I stared out the window, and back to my screen. After all that work and creativity, something still felt dark in me.
“What could get me through this?”
Drum and bass always carries me safely past the sleepless nights and the thought loops-- It is my closest friend and crusader in the emotional darkness we’re so keen to sing about but so afraid to speak of aloud. To give it our own voice would be too much, so we borrow the work of others to hold ourselves, and our hearts, in place.
I turned to my inbox to find the solution, and found it.
Pola & Bryson smashed on my radar last August with their debut album for Soulvent, This Time Last Year-- every single tune memorable, every order, every sound had sense and place. It’s difficult to do an album-- to coordinate cohesion and create an entire storyline-- for an artist, it is a Hero’s Journey in itself. Jack and Harry have been working together for 7 years now, and the time shines in their work.
I looked in my inbox and was relieved to see them again, this time on remix duty for the legendary Hybrid Minds.
This remix of “Lost” whizzed past my somber window stasis and hit me like a brick. Rich and emotionally charged, the tune compelled me to write.
Crisp but soothing drums tease in haunting pianos that opens a gate in you. Simple and longing vocals sweep into a soft, compelling embrace of a chorus that wraps all of the intro elements together into a neat, but impactful, package.
This tune really is a gift-- forcing us to grapple with loneliness, longing, and our desire to connect. It is beautiful for a tune to be uplifting, it is awesome to get another dancefloor smasher, but it is just as amazing to come across music so powerful that it forces us to turn inwards, to recognize pain the pain that exists in ourselves. This remix doesn’t apologize for making you feel, and it shouldn’t-- it stands a needed addition to this summer’s releases.
Pola & Bryson’s take on “Lost” speaks for itself, but it also speaks to the heaviness in all of us.
You can listen to the tune for yourself exclusively on beatport here.
And be lucky enough to catch the official release on AudioPorn on August 4th.
Now go get some sleep.