It’s never fun to watch a relationship fizzle out, and it’s even less enjoyable to be in the middle of that disaster, but the drama can lend itself to some pretty funky rhythms. Night Drive’s “Rise and Fall” is a testament to that. The synth-heavy single has a relentless beat that pushes one away from the “sudden unavoidable end,” as the duo puts it, even though walking away is always hard.
What’s not hard, however, is letting Classixx turn said break-up anthem into an even chiller, disco memory.
“Classixx reinterprets the song through the lens of that same person reminiscing about the incident many years later while chilling on a beach and sipping a martini,” Night Drive says in an emailed statement. “Sure, it was sad and heartbreaking, but it’s hard to stay sad while in the Cayman Islands.”
For their remix, Classixx pulled out some live instruments, and let the music carry them away.
“We laid down some drums and live percussion, then we did one, long take jamming over that wth Mike on bass guitar and me on an electric piano,” the duo’s Tyler Blake says in an emailed statement. “We were feeling the groove and liked some of the imperfections, so we left them in. Our initial pass was more abstract, but the band helped us bring it back a little closer to the original material. It was a pretty collaborative effort through email. I like how it still sounds a little rough around the edges though. Sometimes that’s where the charm lies.”
There’s a touch of late-’80s, early-’90s soft jazz to the groove. It’s sophisticatedly sweet. It definitely makes that relationship in the mirror seem much farther away. Get swept up in its interstellar groove below.