“Don’t Hesitate” changes halfway through the song. The first half is a lush, lumbering, half tempo slowjam (I’m seeing purple) because kaanerbay hides the rhythm section behind his back. When the time is right, he drops a four-four kick.
Whereas most producers might have dropped the kick earlier, kaanerbay builds it up. The sparse rhythm fits with the track’s concept of hesitation, and so does that grinning sawtooth synth, rising and ducking behind the melody. As the vocal sample repeats, “don’t hesitate,” a plucky, ascending bassline and bubbly sound effect make the song feel upbeat, even before the percussion is added. Suspense, warmth and keen attention to detail make it all sound like the beginnings of an intimate party.
kaanerbay first impressed us when we heard “Offerings” and “Last Breath” from Offerings EP last summer. Those tracks stood out because they flowed into one another, yet they felt like they had opposing concepts, of life and of death, respectively. Even if I’m reaching, the tiniest hint of a concept made it more fun.
With “Don’t Hesitate,” Kaan does it again. Attention to detail is a common thread in this Boston based producer’s music. On first listen, I didn’t even notice the most clever part of the song, when he “hesitates” the synth at 2:07, until one commenter wrote, “THAT CUT!!!”
That / cut.
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