Review: Moyka – RIDE – Both dangerous and blissful

RIDE the new single by Norwegian artist and producer MOYKA immediately puts you in the seat of some sort of confidential situation, both dangerous and blissful, as if driving away […]

Written By Brandon Miller

On June 18, 2020
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RIDE the new single by Norwegian artist and producer MOYKA immediately puts you in the seat of some sort of confidential situation, both dangerous and blissful, as if driving away with someone you don’t really know but you can’t help but wanting to escape with.

It begins with MOYKA’s intimate luscious voice urgently imploring ‘Lover take me for a ride, I’ll be yours at first sight’ above a subtle trembling cascade of white noise and tremolo waves. These waves climax and crash into a thick heavy bass pulse that carries you and your mysterious companion over houses and trees, away towards some uncertain intimacy.

These waves climax and crash into a thick heavy bass pulse that carries you and your mysterious companion over houses and trees, away towards some uncertain intimacy.
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What is instantly noticeable in the production of this three minute fantasy is that it is simple and yet extremely refined, as if every element was meticulously constructed by ear rather than by sight. It seems that any producer these days can conjure up beats and melodies with plug-ins that seem fresh at first listen, but are missing the elegance of an artist/ producer who is using these tools in an intuitive way.

“Simmering cymbals, sudden laser beams, and electro-jungle drum rolls”

This is one of the ingredients that sets MOYKA apart, besides her beautiful voice. Even the metallic shadow of the vocoder behind her voice, that comes in about a minute into the track, has been applied with an incredible sense of grace. As the RIDE continues we find ourselves surrounded by simmering cymbals, sudden laser beams, and electro-jungle drum rolls that seem to bring up the heat pretty quickly.

As the RIDE continues we find ourselves surrounded by simmering cymbals, sudden laser beams, and electro-jungle drum rolls that seem to bring up the heat pretty quickly.

But is this a ride over the clouds and far away never to return? Or is it just a carnival ride, where everyone is wearing masks that will come off when the sun rises again? I can’t tell, it ends so abruptly. Overall RIDE is a passionate danceable slipstream that makes you want to take flight dancing with your eyes closed.  

 

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