Los Angeles-based artist Sad Money recently dropped his debut single, entitled “Le Freek,” on Ultra Records.
Explaining the song’s title, Sad Money says, “‘Le Freek’ is the feeling of pure energy I get when I’m in a flow state of not caring what anyone thinks.”
Sad Money, aka Mikhail Beltran, made the move toward becoming an electronic artist after spending the summer in Ibiza, in 2018. He took the name Sad Money to remind himself to appreciate the opportunity to make music and work with artists, and as an aide-mémoire not to place emphasis on material things.
Prior to pursuing his solo career, Sad Money worked with renowned artists like Sabrina Claudio, Khalid, Pink Sweats, Chloe & Halle, and The Martinez Brothers, along with many others. With his austere tech house sound, blended with tints of unadorned house tinctures, Sad Money’s unique music is reminiscent of Black Coffee, Tiga, and Fur Coat.
“Le Freek” opens on a tight and potent shuffle topped by rich, reverberating baritone vocals. Shimmering synths inject oscillating colors, as a muscular crunching beat accents the sensuous pulsing rhythm of the percussive effects and fat rumbling bassline.
There’s a dark, dynamic erotic impetus to the harmonics, vibrating on the thrumming house-techno melody, rife with delicious tones and supercharged resonance. The sumptuous flow of the tune delivers cool declarative oomph, while simultaneously oozing opaque sinuous flavors.
A series of hefty vocal-infused breakdowns shift the harmonic surface momentarily, adding cool avant-garde pauses to the beefy washes of cavernous timbres. The wicked surge and movement of the music yawns with proximate tumescent excitement, both thrilling and irresistibly alluring, compelling listeners to move to the infectious groove.
Sad Money’s voice, impressive and jam-packed with deep residual undertones, gives the lyrics tiny hooks of grandiosity, as well as cap-a-pie points of primal seduction.
“Le Freek,” with its throbbing mysterious energy, is excellent. The Factor Five bassline, thumping kick drum and vocal samples make this track captivating.
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