I’m having a hard time placing when Peking Duk first crossed my ears. Was it Coachella earlier this year? A rogue playlist? I’m not entirely sure, but I am honored and surprised I get to review this particular track.
Peking Duk is Australia’s Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles, and the handsome, disheveled-haired musicians are currently strapped to a rocket, racing toward worldwide success and stardom.
The boys began collaborating in 2010 and stole hearts and ears last year with their single, “High.” The track won AIR’s “Best Independent/Dance Electronica” category and ARIA Music Awards’ “Best Dance Release.” Sony’s attention turned to Peking Duk and they were signed to a worldwide record deal, in part with RCA Records.
I have a few favorite things about “Take Me Over.” First, I heard this fabulous track and immediately placed it on a playlist I have titled “Sweat,” which is for running, kickboxing, and other breathless activities. Only to find out the name of their latest EP featuring the song is called Songs To Sweat To. How about that?
Secondly, Safia (another down under act) lends vocals to this track and to put plainly: I’m obsessed with Ben Woolner’s voice. Bottle it up and put it under my pillow. I need it in my life.
“Take Me Over” is an addictive, wildish, heart-pumping boost. It’s been years since I was submerged in the house and electronic scene, but I assure you there is nothing obnoxious or grating about the beats this song is built upon. In fact, every second of this three and a half minute song is refreshing and inspires you to get off your ass and move with purpose.
The next time you’re about to hit the gym, pavement, or sheets, throw this on and turn it up. You're welcome.