Review: Martin Solveig feat. Ina Wroldsen – ‘Places’

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A brilliant slab of lively future house in a slightly more mellow fashion than we're used to with Solveig.

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Martin Solveig has enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance of late, with a real succession of hits over the past two summers from GTA collaboration ‘Intoxicated’ – a collaboration with GTA that has suffered so many remixes, edits, and mashups that it’s borderline taking the mickey – to ‘+1’ and ‘Do It Right.’ They’re all bold, brash, and bassy, yet still lovely, clean and organised future house; something we’re very used to in the commercial dance music with the likes of Oliver Heldens and Don Diablo.

Fortunately, it sounds like Solveig’s taking note as his latest offering is sounding very fresh indeed. It’s airy and progressive, featuring the wacky vocal chops that I’m glad to see are still very much in vogue in dance music at the moment. It’s got a warm, encompassing bass tone before the chorus that makes it a very pleasant if somewhat underwhelming listen before building up to the floor-filling big room sound we’ve come to expect from Solveig.

It’s also worth giving a mention to Ina Wroldsen, the vocalist. Although hers isn’t a name you’d recognise for solo work, a little bit of digging reveals how much she’s actually at the forefront of popular music. She’s written on a plethora of hits, including Anne-Marie’s ‘Alarm’ and the unstoppable chart-topping force that is Clean Bandit’s ‘Rockabye,’ but you may also be unwarily accustomed to her singing. After a great turn as the vocalist on Calvin Harris’ Disciples collaboration ‘How Deep Is Your Love,’ Wroldsen gets the chance once again to give a lively, feel-good track a MØ-like moody high note.

‘Places’ is out now via KOPG

 

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