To no surprise, the latest banger from Keys N Krates and KRANE (formerly KRNE) serves up a lot of the same future leaning vibes to great effect in "Right Here."
Future bass, like all great fads, is starting to blend together in a pot filled with a modge podge of simmering, melted, all too familiar tasting sludge. Not to say it's all bad, a lot of it is just suffering from an issue of "sameness": a lot of producers using the same toolkits to meet the expectations of a new formula in pop music. Because that's what it is now. It's pop music.
But just like all subgenres of pop, there will be outliers who use the tools at their disposal more expertly than others - drafting absolute bangers that stand out amongst a field of cluttered, fallen, bass heavy soldiers. KRANE and Keys N Krates' "Right Here" is one of those tracks.
Upon first listen, to be quite honest, it is really not all that special. Throughout mulitple listens, however, the individual layers start to peel back to reveal superior craftsmanship: a trait lost in most productions like these where everything is laser focused on the massive drop to make kids on ketamine lose their minds at festivals. And since the layers truly only develop through multiple listens, it gives listeners multiple opportunities to find their own footing to glue themselves into this new sonic space.
Opening with a chorus of whirring, sawing pads which act like a cozy bedding for the heavy pop vocal, "Right Here" could, for some, be all about the drop (as mentioned before). After the drop, though, are numerous, ambient little ditties buried in the soundscape allowing for your ears to get a little tickle when you're not 100% supplanted into the groove. There's a layer of white noise washing over the chorus rinsing a feeling of fresh pressed vinyl into the track. Even the most minor of pitch changes in the chopped vocal during bridges is markedly different - not a single series of vocal chops is exactly the same as the other, constantly evolving and shifting the focal point and melody of the track.
So when I say it's no surprise that Keys N Krates or KRANE makes bangers, it's just that. It's what they do. It's what this collab is. Every track they put out is quality - even at a time when most future bass is starting to make my ears hurt.