Looking back on this week, I’m actually amazed I made it out alive. All work aside – the music that dropped, leaked, and came into my life this week has been off the charts. Every facet of my music oeuvre was tapped into and I’m just coming down from the high. Between Rihanna’s new single and the remixes that followed, Ke$ha’s return, and the blissful Mumford & Sons sophomore LP I’ve needed tracks to bring me down, keep me level and sane. Cue Brighton-based music maker King Dinosaur. His EP, The Night, also dropped this week and it’s sonic ecstasy.
Rounding out the lush 6 track EP is this remix to the title track. Taking kindly from the ambient original, Ambassadeurs have added a female counterpart to King Dinosaur’s youthful boy vocals that compliment the track’s conscious melancholy trance. The two go back and forth repeating lyrics not as a means of nostalgia or regret, but as a kind of hypnosis. They seem to get lost in the story at the same time the sounds envelop us as listeners and we, too, have to embrace the night. The track is riddled with some of the most ghostly synths and jagged percussion elements I’ve ever heard. The tracks seems to drip from my speakers and into a colorful pool on the floor. Only in a King Dinosaur world, that puddle would float up in tiny beads of color like a lava lamp.
There’s a heavy bass core to this track (and all of King Dinosaur’s music for the matter) that is only felt when fully immersed in the etherealness of his sounds. Ambassadeurs works with this and exploits it at the end of the track when the sublime synths are usurped of their power as the bass line that’s been subtly bumping in the background comes back with tribal power. It may be one of the best last 30 seconds of a track I’ve heard. It’s a smooth touch-down to an incredible freshman single that holds many promises for King Dinosaur’s future.