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Free Like You

by Running in Reykjavik

Minimalist electronic / acoustic dance crossover music featuring a range of styles and tempos; 50:50 vocal and instrumental tracks
Genre: Electronic: Pop Crossover
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It's Babylon's Turn
3:14 $0.49
2. The Gathering
2:36 $0.49
3. Follow on You
3:23 $0.49
4. Car Chase
3:51 $0.49
5. Let You Down
5:32 $0.49
6. Gamer
5:01 $0.49
7. Babylonian Thoughts
4:43 $0.49
8. I Like Sellotape
3:11 $0.49
9. Running in Reykjavik
4:43 $0.49
10. Broken Biscuits
5:44 $0.49
11. The Morning After
3:47 $0.49
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Album Notes
Album notes

Free Like You is a broad ranging electronica / dance album covering dub reggae, lo-fi techno / drum ‘n’ bass, bass driven synth pop and down tempo beats & rhymes. There is a roughly equal mix of vocal and instrumental tracks. Free Like You is the partner album to 2 Steps Backwards. They constitute double debut releases by Running in Reykjavik.

The material for both albums was recorded in Spring 2019. This album was originally meant for release first, although an error in the artwork meant it was put back. In contrast to 2 Steps Backwards, there is a much broader range of material here, with more vocal works, although the repetitive, drone like, minimalist feel remains. The tracks on this album have benefited from some post production and a couple are quite heavily engineered.

Track notes

1 – It’s Babylon’s Turn
Reminiscent of Gary Clail and Bim Sherman in the On-U Sound System, among many others, this is presented as a dub prophet’s prediction of where humanity is currently headed

2 – The Gathering
A ‘trashy’ sounding instrumental dance track which has a ‘tribal beats’ feel to it. The synth here is played live as opposed to sequenced loops

3 – Follow On You
Ambiguous lyrics for this bass driven song about relationships

4 – Car Chase
In order to generate the feel of a car chase, the drums and bass were recorded playing along to different things, at approximately the same speed (although this varies to try to convey the sense of vehicles overtaking). There are quite a lot of bass sub frequencies in here for those of you with subwoofers available

5 – Let You Down
A melodic and upbeat vocal tune about loving and raving

6 – Gamer
Retro computer game noises feature in several branches of house and electronic music. Whilst this instrumental track was not made by sampling game noises, it has that feel to it

7 – Babylonian Thoughts
This is based on the inspirational / educational / lay psychology / complementary therapy type tracks (beginning in the 1950s?) … “I want you take a deep breath and relax,” … kind of thing, where the aim is to soothe or ease the listener to sleep or convey instructions through an authoritative or calming voice

8 – I Like Sellotape®
Very different from the other tracks, this is a (crazy) “wall of sound” involving random samples from a 5 or 6 year old girl, scratching of said samples, and some frankly bizarre synth riffs which kind of sound like the Carnival is arriving. More of a breakbeats approach on the drums

9 – Running in Reykjavik
Beats and rhymes informed by contemporary Icelandic gender relations and a critique of assertive male chat up behaviour. Heavily engineered vocals make it sound almost other worldly

10 – Broken Biscuits
A repetitive beats instrumental techno track, although as with other instrumental tracks the use of acoustic drums makes it feel a bit 'jazzy' in places

11 – The Morning After
A smoochy, beats ‘n’ rhymes style song with overdubbed ‘jazz scat’ style backing vocals



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