Crush has decided to jump on the future bass movement with whomever Wrong Address is, releasing a new collaborative single on SoundCloud, “Love Is True”. The single was uploaded to ZenSupremacy’s profile, a page seemingly dedicated to a group of DJs out of Amsterdam. There isn’t much information beyond that but wherever and whomever it came from did a surprisingly adequate job of crafting an overall enjoyable track, full of well-balanced sounds and satisfying builds.

I generally don’t like future bass on principle because although the genre has the potential to be really cool and experimental, there’s a lot of artists and DJs out there that throw together some sounds haphazardly and release tracks that seem musically thoughtless and generic. I don’t like The Chainsmokers for this reason. They release musically uncomplex and shallow songs coupled with meaningless and repetitive lyrics. Boring and pedestrian. That’s not to say that all future bass has to be this way, just that the oversaturation and popularity of the genre has allowed for mediocrity, especially in the mainstream. Although there are some great talents (ie. Flume) within the genre, they seem few and far between, especially as future bass continues to go mainstream.

“Love Is True” is by no means a Flume song but it is also no Chainsmokers. Not great. But something I’ll definitely be jamming out to for the next week or two. What I especially liked was the well-balanced blend of Crush’s smooth and emotive R&B delivery with the more jarring future bass sound. Without the inclusion of Crush, this song would have been average, just another throw away future bass track on SoundCloud. But by focusing on both the vocalist and the balance of the two sounds, the producer was able to craft an above average track. With these sort of synths, sometimes you can lose the vocalist in the mixing phase but that doesn’t happen here. Instead, in the verses and bridge, Crush’s voice floats effortlessly over the instrumentation, just as much to do with his singing style as the production. The track is a bit overproduced at the hook but that is also a problem with the genre itself–when you use such hard hitting synths it’s hard to find the lightness in their sound. The song runs a little short time wise but musically it seems a perfect length as the whole thing may have become boring with another verse, bridge, and hook, especially since there’s not much musical variation between the verses pre- and post- hook (Which I wish they would’ve done…it’s basically a copy and paste where we get the same thing twice).

This track was a pleasant surprise for me, especially with my prejudice of the future bass genre, but I wish only the best for Wrong Address’s and ZenSupremacy’s future endeavors and, as always, I expectantly await Crush’s next release.