Along with being a rising star in the European house music scene, Manchester native Ben Pearce is the Creative Director at Purp & Soul, an established label and agency started by friend Chris Farnworth.
The exposure he has to all genres of music has certainly helped him craft a distinctive sound as a producer and DJ, which is none more evident than on his signature track “What I Might Do”.
The track has already garnered a significant amount of attention and respect within the house community for the up-and-coming Pearce and it’s well deserved to say the least.
His latest hit epitomizes the essence of cool, which is something house is often missing. Many modern house tracks are wannabe club bangers with a burning desire to turn up the thermostat. But “What I Might Do” takes the opposite approach, settling into a nice relaxing groove to take the edge off.
From the listener’s perspective, it’s cold, calculated, refreshing and it goes down smooth after a hard day at the office. And even after a first listen, most will have a thirst for more. That thirst for more is probably what spurred Pearce to release a club mix version of the track.
At just over three minutes long, the infectious beat and smooth vocals of the original left house fans wanting more and the club edit delivers, as it’s a little over twice as long at six and a half minutes.
The club edit takes on that familiar dance club track structure, adding an elongated intro of a simple snapping snare beat and a fadeout at the end, but it keeps the groovy rhythm and soothing background synths that made the original so popular. In other words, by doubling the original’s length, the club edition ups the song’s chill factor twofold.
The rhythm is certainly the backbone of the track, but the real standout is the urban sounding vocals. The snappy vocals keep pace with the beat, giving the track a slight hip-hop feel, but it’s not quite rapping.
It’s something in between, almost like rhythmic singing.
All the while though, the vocals stay low, maintaining the coolness of the song. And with lyrics like “All is well and all is cool, stay in your place, don’t be no fool”, the vocals are telling the listener to be chill as well.
Of course, a track like “What I Might Do” is versatile too. The club edit allows for plenty of movin’ and groovin’ on the dance floor, but plays just as well as a relaxing tune to throw on while you are chilling with some friends, or even by yourself.
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Ben Pearce – What I Might Do
Label: MTA Records
Released: October 1, 2012