Clarity and sound design in music are big lures.
“Harmonix” by Englishmen Tom VR (Thomas Nicol) and Louf (Louis Fitton) has both in spades.
Surprisingly, having run a label together for years (Valby Rotary) as well as living together, the solo producers have never collaborated on a track until now.
Listening to this reminds me of watching flowers bloom in timelapse, a beautiful evolution made up of distinct and appealing stages.
Beginning as a soft electronic contemplation, the song slowly grows into an expert cut of serpentine techno as contorting synth notes dance around acidic strikes and celestial pads. This is one of those songs that’s special through noise-cancelling headphones, a world where it’s just you and the audio. Simultaneously, it is a tune begging to be played on an epic club system. Via their solo projects, the producers explore complex and moving electronic sounds, so it comes as no shock that together on a record, evocative notes abound.
I was lucky enough to get in touch with the tune’s creators, with Tom telling me:
“We’d held off collaborating for a long time, and I think having that space to grow personally has allowed us to come together and create music containing the best shades of both our styles”.
Interestingly, teaming up has instilled the duo with confidence to extend into a darker realm of dance, especially in Louis’s case. “I haven’t made much functional club music, but working together with Tom was a fun opportunity to make something that was a bit heavier” he mentions.
Irrespective of how it came to be, “Harmonix” is a delicate weapon, a track of immense power and craftmanship. Stream beneath.
Mike thrusts imperfections and background noises into the spotlight during the recording process, utilising omnidirectional microphones that capture the sounds and textures of an environment in its entirety. This at times busy ear space gives a nostalgic ambience to the track, like discovering a song in the bustling warmth of a café or crowded bar for the first time.
Dressed stylishly in a patterned blue bandana, long-sleeve white tee and furry boots the artist flows lyrically on situation-ships with women, stupid financial decisions and the pitfalls of getting famous far too young. The clip is crisp, clean and super simple.