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Historically, I have not been a massive fan of house music. But “Burning” has single-handedly changed all that and given me a new appreciation for a genre I ordinarily would have shirked.
In true deep house style, this track offers a slow-burn of the very best kind. A groovy, easy beat builds gently throughout the introduction, and then slowly gains complexity and depth through the gradual addition of consistent synth melodies and gently-layered harmonic vocals.
The recurring disco-inspired rhythm teases you a little by building up after the first verse, and then backs off cheekily, making you ever more eager for the break you know is coming. By the end of the second verse, those beats and melodies are denser, more intricate, and you wait with bated breath. The addition of a second bassline makes you hungry for more. Your feet are tapping, your shoulders are bouncing, and you are struggling to sit still. But then, everything peters off. It’s quiet and calm save for a soaring synth-line overlaid by an electronic groove, and soft, repeating vocals that wave in and out of focus. A build-up, a moment of silence; the suspense is killing you. You grit your teeth in anticipation.
And then…that break finally hits you, and it’s transcendental. It’s deep and hard and dirty, but simultaneously playful and audacious and mischievous. It takes your hands and lifts them in the air, and without any conscious effort, your head is swaying, your feet are shuffling, your hips are swinging, and you’ve completely lost control.
“Burning” can be found on the album Nosso Ritmo, released at the end of February 2020 by Sweat it Out. Listen to this song. Then listen to it again. Dance shamelessly and with reckless abandon. Dance in your room, dance in your car, dance at the office. Let people stare. Regret nothing.