There have been quite a few changes for Ben Phipps in the last year, all culminating in a move to New York City and, consequently, his latest single. Featuring the sultry topline of Mike Ruby, ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’ is a tribute to Phipps’ ‘place’ that brings out the best in him, New York City–the sweet spot, the source of inspiration–that keeps him pushing forward, I am sure even on days where he’d just prefer to throw it all in the bag and call it a day.
So, my recommendation is this: take this one for a spin in your normal listening setting, and then do one of two things: a) if you are in your ‘place,’ walk/run/drive around it with this playing and feel the magic in those solitary moments or b) play it while in search of your ‘place’–if you’re traveling, allow it to provide a certain sense of comfort–or otherwise allow it to guide your path.
Regardless, Don’t Wake Me Up’s infectious topline rolls smoothly and effortlessly along courtesy of the leading bassline and some very easygoing yet calculated percussion work. If anything this track sounds a bit more stripped back in productions than I typically have on repeat, yet with Ruby’s topline it all pulls together quite nicely, lending itself to a song I’ve not been able to get out of my head for quite awhile.