As much as I enjoy talking about music, I often ask myself if I actually know what the genre of the song I’m listening to is when it comes to electronic music. Yeah, I know something is, basically, house music, but I also know it goes a lot deeper than that most of the time. Bass house, tech house, big room, techno, psytrance, hardstyle, dubstep, drum n bass, lo-fi experimental trap music — theres a lot of different genres, okay? That’s actually the cool thing about music: you can create so many different kinds of it because there are so many different people in the world with so many different tastes. To call one genre superior than another is, ultimately, a fool’s errand and just pure snobbery because, as I think we all (most of us) know by now, if it sounds good listen to it and, for the love of God, let people enjoy things. So, anyway, when my extraordinarily talented friend, Collin Reeve, sent me his new song (attached to a promise that it was a little bit different than what he was used to releasing on his socials), I was immediately thinking one thing: “What’s the genre?”
Isn’t that sad? Here I go, my over analyzation of another song: The snob in me immediately went “Ah, another house track” and I excitedly crept towards my computer screen, as though my headphones would now turn louder. At first, my ass was shakin’ and my head was bobbin’ and I was ready to get to my feet and dance to what I was sure was going to be another fire track from the Jackson Collective, but then I remembered this was a Jackson Records release (Yeah, they’re different), and that label owner Bradley Callison flagged a very specific theme in his releases: his love for techno.
First of all, the track is great, but it is different. A good kind of different. A unique kind of vibe that we could really only land on calling “melodic techno” while groovin’ out to it. The synths welling up from a soft embrace to a familiar and encompassing presence beneath my chest was just the start of this 6 minute roller coaster. Collin Reeve’s “Rise & Fall” makes you do just that: rise and fall. The music lifts you up through what feels like a magical time-lapse, remnant to your days playing Super Nintendo as a kid (or, for some of us, earlier this afternoon), and sets us in a mystical dance party around the 2 minute mark that I hoped was filled with magic and love and plenty of room for ass-shakin’. The track always maintains an ominous presence to it, even beneath the fun and magical moments and, at times, it sets you back down in a dark reality where you’re left wanting more. I can imagine this track live and I can also imagine not wanting it to end
There is all sorts of fire music coming out from the scene right now, especially from the Jackson family. Collin Reeve’s “Rise & Fall” is another fire release from techno label Jackson Records and a sweet reminder that there are all sorts of great genres WITHIN genres out there to play with, and I certainly hope he’s found his footing in this region, at least for the time being. The song is fire, but a flame that burns eloquently rather than right up in your face making you sweat, and sometimes you want a little of both. Honestly, fuck it, in the end I like to dance to both, and this song certainly makes me happy that both are around to be danced to.