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LABEL: Spinnin' Records RELEASE DATE: September 16, 2016 GENRE: Electro House
// review by SoyBomb


KSHMR makes some pretty haunting dance music, but it generally comes out sounding pretty awesome. Teaming up this time with female Australian DJ Tigerlily, they have craftily created "Invisible Children", a song with influences from all over the world that somehow manages to be able to, and I quote, "tear up the dancefloor".

The Extended Mix is the track of note, although having a length of three minutes and forty-five seconds does NOT count as an extended anything. That's called a radio edit. The track starts with an intro resembling the soundtrack of a horror film set in a dance club before shuffling into the Spanish guitar melody. It doesn't take long before Indian chanting and symphonic brass take the forefront before being quickly switched into thumping electro house territory with creepily pitched vocals. (Yes, this track goes all over the place with little time to rest.) The guitar/sitar parts are nice, but the real meat and potatoes are the macabre and melancholy singing, especially when lain over a bassline recalling my days of flicking a plastic ruler on the edge of my school desk to make a springy sound. There's also a little bit of breakbeat closer to the end (called by the promotional blurb as a "twerk beat"... whatever that is), but it is very short-lived and probably wasn't necessary; there wasn't thematically much to break up since KSHMR and Tigerlily spend all their time hopping between ideas. Overall, this track's pretty awesome to listen to, though I wish they'd slow down a bit so I can savour each element's presence.

There's also an Original Version, clocking in at under three minutes which basically does away with the intro and outro, but one version of the song is really all you need, and the Extended is short enough that there's no need to hear it twice. Just grab the Extended Version, and you'll be a pretty happy camper for a few minutes. Invisible Children has good replay value as well, considering you don't have the time to become tired of any one aspect. It's good work from this international pairing and a definite earworm.

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