Due to their combination of uplifting music and eye-popping aesthetics, I quickly developed a special affinity for Moving Castle when I first discovered tracks from Chet Porter and Manila Killa a little over a year ago. Every addition to their roster since then has seemed like an organic extension of their brand and identity, likely in part due to the familial ethos that shines through each move they make whether it’s in interviews or Twitter interactions. I thus can’t say I’m surprised in the least that Valentine, 4AM, and Naji have brought forth a thrilling sound on “Us” that’s simultaneously fresh and quintessential Moving Castle.
“Us” combines airiness with urgency as the track’s soaring synths alternate in a stop-and-start motion that should equate to plenty of frenzied, sweaty, and utterly elated audiences. It’s truly hard to imagine Valentine and 4AM’s collaboration playing anywhere less than in front of the mesmerizing lights at a club like Los Angeles’ Exchange, and while their name recognition isn’t there just yet, their talents combined with the beloved family they’ve found should lead them to that promised land sooner rather than later.