Sometimes I listen to a song, over and over. Endless repetitions. And I have now listened to ‘History (Love Mix)’ by Groove Armada nearly fifty times.
It is epic. Vampiric. Nightmarish. It is chilling. It clocks in at less than four minutes. It begins with softly propulsive synth melody that doubles as the bass line, punctuated by a basic beat, amounting to little more that a kick drum and snare. What sounds like a woodblock, treated beyond all recognition, appears out of the right stereo field, making up a chorus melody with only one of the notes allowed to bleed into the left channel. Further keyboard stabs on the same chords as the dub-like bass add to the mix, a snippet of Will Young tape looped and sped-up all the way through the middle of the song. It’s bracketed at the end with some strings, again treated, until they resemble ZX Spectrum in-game music. It ends with Will Young appearing to sing the word ‘drinking’ over and over against a late period DM backing, like a cooler younger brother of "Goodnight Lovers" with less emotional baggage.
"I’m sad with the way that I am," begins the vocal, distorted, flanged and echoed after some indecipherable words and vocals interjections. "I’m turning away from the past."
It is an unbelievably good song.