ALPHA 9 Returns to Anjunabeats with ‘Dreams’
March 11, 2020
March 11, 2020
The breath-takingly beautiful Hannah Reid takes the stage at the Crescent Ballroom Friday night against the excitement of a sold out crowd. Her emotionally congested lyrics compete against the wall to wall bodies that came to hear her echo memories that everyone there seemed to have.
Backed by Dan Rothman and Dominic ‘Dot’ Major, Hannah’s inflections float above the crowd, giving reason to close your eyes and harken back to whatever image your mind conjures.
“But Blake,” you might question. “The band your describing are not DJs, nor do they produce electronic music.”
Yes, admittedly, London Grammar is not an electronic group, guy who complains. But since their explosion in popularity, something about their music fits beautifully in sync with the electronic vibes that grace many of our playlists. To not know London Grammar, as a fan of dance music, or a fan of music in general, would be a great disservice to yourself and all the people you might turn onto the British trio.
Below, I listed a taste of their music, with some of their more popularized remixed. In no particular order, educate yourself on what, in the last year, became a beautiful marriage between DJ/Producers and England’s (in my own humble opinion) best new musical export of 2013.
With solid remixes from Arty and Tensnake, this original song’s methodically positive emotions begs to be turned into an upbeat, uplifting tune (Did I mention Arty remixed it?). In fact, if it weren’t for the young Russian’s version, it might have taken me much longer to discover our friends from across the pond.
This absolutely will not be the first time a say this (or something like this), but Hannah’s voice is so deep and fulfilling that it could fill the lists of any genre with the proper tinkering. It just so happens that I get to hear it in my personal favorites.
Hold onto your Geez-Give-Me-A-Break bones. It’s about to get real and deep. Both the original and Judah remix of this song hold a special place for me. After a particularly difficult 2013, I remember waking up on December 31st in my bed, grounded because my bed frame hadn’t been build in my new room.
Naturally, I awake to roll over, and start aimlessly scrolling through my phone to find something interesting (which occurs only about 46% of the time). I come across Jaytech’s Soundcloud, which features a free download from Judah, a remix of London Grammar’s ‘Strong’.
Flowing through the chambers of my phone’s tiny speakers, I had a little flashback montage in my head right as I’m about begin the best year of my life. ‘Strong’ was my 2013 summation and closure.
The title of their pre-album EP ‘Metal & Dust’ features one of their bone chilling riffs, Dot Major jamming out on a drum set with Hannah’s cries and Dan’s reverbs. Naturally, it’d be a crime not to appreciate this song in multiple forms. Enter Switch.
A chilled version to the original (and no one said it could be done for London Grammar!), Switch creates a downtempo version perfect for that ride home after a full night of transcendent events.
The sounds of Hannah’s realization about the prime years of her life bring us to question how we’re spending our own “young years”. Remixes from the experimental electronica Star Slingers version to the consistent strum of the Henrik Schwarz edit, the all-relatable lyrics can find their way into the ears of a much large spread of music fans.
This song is meant to be appreciated by everyone.
As the self-proclaimed world’s number one electronic music apologist, I feel no need to further exacerbate the point that their is an EDM sub genre for every single music fan in the world. You get it. I get it. Point=made.
However, the cross-cutting ability of music to find it’s way from the furthest realms of iTunes to the electronic sub genres of the Beatport charts is especially notable.
London Grammar’s music crept into my soul through the power of electronic music, and drove me to become a substantial fan of the original, non-electronic versions of each song on their first album, “If You Wait”. The seductive tones of Hannah Reid, the addictive beats of Dot and the haunting melodies of Dan’s guitar propel my fan ship of this formerly unknown band, which gave me a chance to hipster-ize myself as this band rockets toward stardom.