Having just released their latest album The Other Shore, Equptian heavyweights Aly & Fila bring us their next single “Running”, a collaboration with ReOrder and Ian Standerwick under their project SkyPatrol. We have featured SkyPatrol on this site before, and we’re a huge fan of their simple-yet-effective melody lines. This track combines that element with Aly & Fila’s masterful production value and Sue McLaren’s similarly simple-yet-effective vocals.
The pluck melody used in this track will familiar to you if you’ve heard SkyPatrol’s previous productions this year. They always remind me of Tranquility Base’s “Surrender” from 2004. It’s hard to find that kind of balance between laid-back and energetic these days, but the mix of the two creates just the perfect level of Zen.
Of course there’s Sue McLaren’s vocals, which definitely deserve mention. She’s easily one of my favorite vocalists in the scene right now. Her lyrics are always meaningful and well-written, successfully steering clear of the trite platitudes that plague the vocal trance scene. On top of that, she sings very purely without much ornamentation or any diva riffs that I really don’t want to hear in trance music. All of these characteristics are present in “Running” and perfectly complement SkyPatrol’s style as mentioned above.
“Running” is available now on Beatport and will be released on other portals shortly. Make sure to give The Other Shore a spin, which just released a few weeks ago.