Written by Parisa Eshrati
OOAH (The Glitch Mob, PAnTyraid) and M!NT came together for an unplanned collaboration and co-created a stellar new house single, which became the perfect addition to this writer's summer night driving soundtrack.
Throughout the summer, I’m always searching for new tracks to supplement the mood of my nighttime drives. The Tucson summer nights are empty, the heat rises from the asphalt, and the monsoons bring a dramatic element that just call for a solo drive. Driving out and getting into the desert groove gives one the opportunity to be alone with their thoughts, Though there are numerous types of music to match this mood, I often pick cerebral, liquidy house tracks to carry me through my drives. The repetitive beats get me into a rhythmic motion and provide a pattern to assist me in delving into my thoughts. In July I came across a single by OOAH and M!NT, and although I’ve never been a fan of The Glitch Mob, I instantly knew that this would be a prime addition to my summer playlist.
"If the Smoke Clears" is a breaks-flavored house track with a darker, sullen overtone. The glitchy and distorted vocal samples, which reveal some hip-hop influence, alongside the swirling piano lines provide some nice depth and make the track a little more cerebral. It's hard to tell exactly who brought what into this collaboration, seeing as how it's exemplary of both of their styles and it just melds into one cohesive groove.
Ooah writes, however, that this was an in-the-moment sort of collaboration and they "didn't over think it or over cook it", so it was less about trying to showcase individual talents and more about just producing a really badass dance song. Overall, the outcome from these two is a really stellar house track with a crisp sound, and it's a perfect supplement to your night driving playlist.
Original version of this posted for The Untz