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All of us here in the Mid Atlantic are battering down the hatches in preparation for this blizzard, which is the perfect time to sit down and enjoy some delicious music, including this fantastic EP which I am excited to premiere today. Alex Alben brings us Volume 1 of his Code Name EP, an EP which packs a lot of punch and holds a lot of meaning. Alben originally wrote both, ‘Ain’t No Back In The Day’ and ‘Crane’ in 2014 when he was looking for new direction in his music, and these two tracks aid in showing his journey.
Both darker tracks, Alben has provided us with a pulsating beat in ‘Ain’t No Back in the Day’ that ensures your hips sway to the beat. Sampling The Wire, Alben says, “It’s ironic because so many house songs have spoken-word lyrics that refer to ‘back in the day’ as a magical time when everything was better. Maybe that’s true for some people, but I hate to look at the past and wish that I could be living then instead of now, it’s not a good way to live.” Wiser words have never been said.
Of ‘Crane,’ Alben used the entrancing melodies he first heard in BK’s Output alongside the sparse yet powerful elements of techno to create an aphotic and mesmerizing track. The rolling backbeat paired with airy white noise and that measured cowbell all culminate well without overwhelming – where is a deep dark music hall when you need one? ‘Crane’ was the first track Alben wrote on his new journey, and we are thrilled we get to share it for him!