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Brasstracks – Those Who Know

This new one from Brasstracks couldn’t have arrived at a better time. As the summer heat quickly begins to recede from its peak last week, “Those Who Know” is tailor-made for driving with the windows down and soaking up some of the best weather of the year in Los Angeles. Last night I drove through a winding canyon with a cool breeze flowing through my car, and looking back, the only thing that could’ve made that drive better would be this single as its soundtrack…now that I think about it, having a lovely lady in the passenger’s seat might’ve been a nice addition too, so I guess that’s two things!

That being said, it’s dope to hear a single be so infectious without popping out in ways that listeners have come to expect from the first taste of a new project. There’s so much replay value here and so many layers to digest with each successive listen from an act that’s made their name through a fresh, nuanced approach to electronic music. Just as much as I look forward to hearing this during my next drive, I’m excited to don a pair of headphones and dig into the subtleties of “Those Who Know” while waiting for Brasstracks’ next release.

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Alexander Lewis & Brasstracks – All of the Lights

I’m usually not a fan of people reinterpreting the work of artists that I see as seminal, but Alexander Lewis & Brasstracks have a gem on their hands with their take on Kanye’s “All Of The Lights”. It’s a (naturally) brass-led jam that could very well be heard pouring out from an SEC college football stadium during halftime or echoing around Bourbon Street on a Saturday night. It sounds phenomenal on a pair of headphones, but this is a joint that feels communal, its overwhelming sense of joy best experienced around a swathe of other people searching for the same level of elation.

There’s something special about a mass group fueled by a shared energy; I can’t help but think about connecting with the raucous crowds when UGA would play Georgia Tech in the fall during my youth, or when bliss permeated through the audience as Big Gigantic had every body in the Tabernacle moving in unison. Whether it would serve as the background noise to the former or the centerpiece of a concert like the latter, “All of the Lights” has the ability to incite a level of dynamism that I hope to experience in the near future.

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