Single Review: Roosevelt – Fever

By on Thursday, 14th July 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

If you’re an avid fan of Glass Animals, German electronic musician and producer Marius Lauber may ring a bell. Two years ago, he remixed the Oxford band’s single and ‘Zaba’ album track ‘Pools’. If you’re a fan of EDM, the odds are even better that to some point in the recent past, his awe-inspiring beats have passed through your ears. Better known in cyberspace under his stage name Roosevelt – no relation to the past American presidents, I don’t think? – the man from Cologne is getting ready for his very own close-up. His self-titled debut album is due out in mid-August, and following the previously released ‘Colours’, he has unveiled another fantastic banger to preview his new record.

A hallmark of Roosevelt’s wholly engaging ‘Pools’ remix are its fanciful, lighter than air synths. Smartly, ‘Fever’ takes full advantage of several different layers of synth, all with a similar joyful bounciness. Honestly, if this had been a purely instrumental track, I would have been totally happy, as Lauber has a great command of what it takes to write a catchy melody. The leading notes of the song are pure sunlight, peerless. It’s the true essence of summer, distilled down into just over 4 minutes, housed within an electronic party piece.

While the lyrics to ‘Fever’ are relatively simplistic and obvious (“fading back into the night / no, nothing’s gonna hold us down”, “bring back the fever again / don’t lose the fever again”), that’s okay in a song for summer like this. They’ve been designed to continue the song’s overarching feeling of euphoria, by painting us a picture of nostalgia of all those good times we’ve had. We all want to go back to those times, don’t we? Walking off into a tropical sunset with Roosevelt’s dulcet beats in ‘Fever’, you won’t be led astray.

8.5/10

‘Fever’ will be released on the 15th of July on Greco-Roman / City Slang Records. Roosevelt’s eponymous debut album will follow on the 19th of August.

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