You’ll be pleased to hear this: FM-84 and Ollie Wride are back with an uplifting and energetic new synthpop cut called “Never Stop,” fresh off a successful live show last month at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco.
FM-84 (AKA Col Bennett) and Wride, who brought you the likes of “Running in the Night” and “Don’t Want to Change Your Mind,” show that the unbridled energy and creative spark their collaboration fosters has not diminished since their work last graced us on FM-84’s full-length debut Atlas. You could argue that their musical chemistry never stops.
The cut has the hallmarks of a fine FM-84 and Wride pairing: soaring vocals, transcendent synths, and an assertive backbeat, all glued together with hooks, hooks, and more hooks. They may create together from disparate locales — Bennett in San Francisco and Wride in Brighton — but their end-products always like sound they’re forged by two close friends who communicate together musically in a rewarding, preternatural way.
It works so well that I have to use just one more pun here. You will listen to the song, and as it’s reaching its conclusion you will scream firmly into the sky a simple request: never stop!
Josep & Kane recently remixed “Running in the Night” for an Anjunabeats compilation curated by Grum. Listen on Spotify.
FM-84 also recently announced and quickly sold out an initial vinyl pressing of Atlas, although another pressing will be available soon.
If you missed it, earlier this year Vehlinggo interviewed Zack Stentz, a screenwriter of some pretty big films who is a fan of FM-84.