Short of crashing my car on the way to work, there are few things in this world that can give me goosebumps on a weekday before 7 a.m. On this particular morning, Electric Area and BPM just weren’t cutting it on Sirius, so I put on Soundcloud and let my stream play while I began my 30 mile trek to the office with thousands of others. We were all crowded onto the 5 while intermittently sipping our daily overpriced lattes, applying our makeup and texting at 80 miles per hour; robots, all of us. And suddenly I was shaken from my stupor by whatever track was coming through my speakers, and I pumped the little button on the steering wheel up until I could feel the bass in my seat. I was suddenly in a big room club, arms in the air, dancing fervently with excitement compounding in my veins as the buildup reached its sweetest, most unbearable point. It was absolute bliss on my usual miserable commute to the office. I’m sure I was doing some serious head-bobbing at this point. Yeah, Mr. Tesla in the lane next to me, watch out for the boss bitch in the Jetta over here!
The cause of my sudden return to consciousness was none other than an unreleased single by Scottish phenom Grum, entitled “Straight to Your Heart.” Familiar goosebumps flooded my skin–and seriously, not many tracks give me goosebumps, and when they do I just know the artist is really on to something.
Hailing from Scotland, this guy recently put out an insane BBC Essential Mix in May and is coming off his second album, Human Touch, which was released in April. His sound is a smooth blend of house, some Above & Beyond-esque progressive, and underground dance. With “Straight to Your Heart,” he weaves piano chords beautifully into big room synths, making the result nothing short of heavenly. The track is emotionally liberating, the type that makes you want to make out with your significant other in public places or spin around with your arms out in the air like children do. I was instantly infatuated.