In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are modern musicians who champion an art form that’s more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known quantity to skim through while we think about something else.
Hearing is easy, but listening is difficult. Welcome to “Why We Like It”, where we rebuke the trends in favor of thoughtful analysis and underknown sounds.
“Missing Me” — fika x Fabich
How We Found It
For the fourth time, UK-based producers fika sent an incredible single to our SubmitHub inbox. “Missing Me” is the second single from their upcoming EP Love Stories, which is a collaboration with Fabich, a German producer. This EP follows a string of singles from fika that stretches back to 2019 and Fabich’s album Café Kitsuné Mixed by Fabich, a collection of remixed songs.
Why We Like It
As soon as you see the name fika attached to something you are subconsciously preparing yourself for grooves. It is inevitable. The song starts with a glitchy interlude. Your head fills with the melodic possibilities. The drums are coming. The fuzzy warmth of subtle guitar licks are on the way. They taunt you on the horizon. They are unavoidable. Such are your limited options, you let yourself relax, ready to take in this genius artwork. The instruments cut out. For a second you are stuck in an uncertain limbo, before Sam Hutton’s vocals realise your wildest musical dreams.
“I feel the same thing / I saw you only yesterday” are the words that welcome you to this new universe. The ground never existed, people never roamed the earth. All that you knew to exist were your ears and the sonic stylings of fika and Fabich. These three minds come together with almost ephemeral piano keys, driving drums and a commanding bass, creating a track that makes you want to break into dance while tears flood from your eyes, mourning a relationship gone wrong. Sam Hutton’s tone dances from loving to regretful and back. Such emotional flexibility is facilitated by a fantastically composed instrumental which reaches into your chest, spilling your feelings into its rhythm.
What Hutton cannot express lyrically is picked up by the guitar. Wordlessly directing the song, these riffs and chords are explosive and euphoric during the hook but are used to accent the already groovy instrumental during the verses. Music exists because not everything can be explained with words, fika and Fabich fulfill that purpose on “Missing Me.” With some perfectly placed sounds, they are able to create further context and provide subtext to what Sam Hutton offers lyrically. An analysis of what that subtext is may be redundant, all you can do is listen.
Sometimes we produce beats independently and present them to each other and other times we’ll start something from scratch together or in a session with another artist. We find that music really helps to inform the mood and a topic to then write about. So once we think we’re onto something cool musically, we’ll start vibing top line melodies & lyrical ideas. For future projects however, we’re really keen to collaborate with lyricists / poets and approach the writing process from a different angle, focussing more heavily on the concept & lyrics before the music.” – Sam Hutton for CentralSauce (2020)
More From fika
You can keep up with fika and Fabich’s releases on Twitter by following @fika_beats and @FabichMusic. Below is the other single from Love Stories EP, fika’s single “Love Funk” and Fabich’s Café Kitsuné Mixed by Fabich.
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