• Great rave-ready spin on a vintage hit
• Influences from Melodic Techno
• Atmospheric and dynamic schematics
Partnership can bring about the best of everyone involved, and the same can be stated about the latest studio chemistry being shared between the French icon David Guetta and Danish hotshot MORTEN. Since their earlier collaborations, the talented acts have delved into more progressive notions – blending underground’s gritty and peak-time rave sounds with a mainstage Dance music twist. This Friday marked another release titled “Dreams”, an unexpected take on a vintage hit with a different approach from the usual.
Making a grand entrance at the dusk of previous year with “Make It To Heaven” along with esteemed songstress RAYE, this production took the scene by a storm: not only it marked Guetta’s creative return, but recognition of the Techno-influenced signature of the other half of this fruitful camaraderie. This year, the two significant works were “Detroit 3AM” – An aggressive Electro House performer, and the following “New Rave” EP established the duo’s eventual motives, utilizing fully the recognizable and resonant saw-synths which become foundation of this particular style. But since the rumbling VIP rework of “Let’s Love”, the increasing tilt in inspiration from the lesser popular sub-genres became more obvious.
This motif has been carried in “Dreams”. If it reminds one of an older record, the feeling’s mutual. The original, designated the same, was created by one of the longest performing transatlantic Rock ensemble Fleetwood Mac in ‘77, a period when Soft Rock had taken the reins of popular music. For some reason (probably a social media trend), there has been considerable modern covers made on this song. Anyways, the instrumental commences with chiming Arp (reminding me of Arcade-era blip sounds) lead along side with a charming vocal presence from Lanie Gardner. There’s the anticipated Reece, which embeds the warm feeling in the atmosphere. Slowly from the backdrop, a set of quickly riffing synths materialize take up towards the drop – this is where the low-end extends without breaking, while being led by this specific melody. Curious listeners might see the parallels of this schematics akin to Progressive fringes of Melodic/Deep Techno, reverb laden and spaced-out elements.
The extended version takes an edge subjectively, as the radio-edit takes away some of the gratifying wait and makes it less impactful. Regardless, “Dreams” is a faithful and refreshing addition among the other Future Rave peers, equally hinting at an exciting path this project is advancing towards.