One Hot Pick: Soulholic & 7Options – Memorial Day
One Hot Pick is a multi-layered music series that’s dedicated to highlighting the hottest dance records fashioned by lesser known music producers currently based in the African continent. We patiently spend hours on the interweb listening to some of the finest undervalued productions before we narrow down our options and present them to you in the form of a comprehensive blog post on a frisky Friday afternoon.
“Memorial Day” is a scorching hot afro-centric house rhythm (and serious club banger) that was written and produced by an up-and-coming South African production collective known as Soulholic & 7Options.
Admittedly, we don’t really know much about the music producers behind this here chosen record, but we still thought that you might appreciate it, nonetheless, as it honestly does come across more strongly as an underrated (above-market-average) audio presentation than anything else, really.
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It is a refreshingly new perceptive on an old but very familiar South African dance sound that features a great selection of exciting percussive elements, a smooth selection of seductive strings, and an even smoother blend of haunting synth riffs that might easily hook you right from the beginning of the 7-minute long afro-dance interpretation all the way until the end of the song.
While we can admit that we’re very fond of the subtle bassline that cunningly creeps in right at the beginning of this here record, we’re unfortunately not very fond of the symphonic choir loops that just keep creeping up (excessively) throughout the 7-minute long presentation.
On the flipside though, when you start to think that the record might just be getting a bit too monotonous around the 3-minute mark, it quickly flips into an exotic (and mesmerizing) loop. This all happens right before it’s almost completely stripped down into a smooth drumless presentation at the breakdown around the 4-minute mark, or so. Which is (on some levels) quite plausible because that could arguably be the kind of delicate touch it needed to keep it from being a monotonous exhibition of musical energy.
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In terms of accessibility, well your options might be limited there but the song is available for you to listen to (and/or purchase) on Traxsource and it is available courtesy of an Italy-based independent imprint known as MoBlack Records. Kindly checkout the song below – from the Durban-based collective – and do let us know what you think about the offering in the comment section further down below.