PRINCE OF EDM, PRINCELOO RELEASES KILLER NEW TRACK
Princeloo is an Australian artist you’re most likely going to be hearing a lot about in the coming months.
The Haiti-born producer, DJ and musician, has kept a low profile up to now, building on a steady level of interest with just a few online uploads. But Princeloo has now taken the next logical step and released a mainstream debut single titled Nights Like This.
The fade in keys introduce Princeloo’s mellow chant which precedes the other voices performing on this track and heads straight into a verse-like melody. At this juncture, the rhythms are only hinted at through a mix of staccato calls flying over the top of the notes until another verse arrives and Princeloo’s Caribbean influences become clear. The first beats are reggae-infused, creating the perfect space for the half-singing, half-rapping style, the key sounds following the downbeat but without being intrusive.
The surrounding sounds are used as ambient textures, colouring the background but never taking the focus away from the melodies. No time is wasted getting to the chorus with the first cycle getting a drop complete with the typical tiny snare fire which builds into yet another peak; a stop-start accent-fuelled take on a verse, whose rhythms morph once again, this time into a progressive house style groove.
This groove is cut throughout, but the edits add to the energy of the track, the straight four on the floor timing tantalisingly adopted to reveal more surprises. The production is clean and smooth yet manages to sound forceful and direct, and this is partly due to the sparing use of instrumentation and the astute drum programming. The vocals are the dominant instruments here with the pads and synths merely providing the textural variations as well as the foundational colour.
The lyric is what you want to hear when these beats are blasted through your speakers: ‘We live for the night, nights like this.’ Its youth-orientated sentiment is sharpened however by the wily production, the combination of swagger and restraint in the vocal flourishes and the melodic simplicity which will have you repeating the chorus after one listen.