Once again, I have to thank Spotify for its ability to recommend songs which fit in to my music taste perfectly. Their New Music Friday UK playlist always reminds me about the latest releases from artists I like, but a feature which I only recently discovered was the Daily Mix playlists. After giving one of them a listen, I found Feel Right, by Wolfgang Gartner feat. J Hart.
With staccato, hazy synth notes, it’s no surprise that some listeners are describing the song as nostalgic. It’s a style adopted by pop stars in the noughties, with stars such as Pitbull and Cascada adopting club synths in a bid to have the next dance anthem. Thankfully, this song does not revive the cringeworthy feel which accompanied this style at the time. Instead, a soulful and refreshing techno groove brings this type of electronic music up to date.
This is in contrast to the verses, sung by British songwriter J Hart (real name James Abrahart). Impassioned vocals combined with fluttering piano chords achieves the same euphoric feel as the chorus, so as the verse flows into the main melody, it all sounds seamless.
Alongside comparisons to the dance pop we all remember from years ago, a musical interlude two minutes into the song nods towards the techno style of Porter Robinson (particularly his track, Language). With Robinson taking inspiration from Japanese culture and always trying to create emotive and atmospheric music, it’s likely that Gartner’s Feel Right was hoping to go for a similar vibe – and it succeeded.