[TROPICAL HOUSE] Mynga feat. Cosmo Klein – “Back Home” (Thomas Jack remix)
I’ve never been much for astrology because every Cancer profile I’ve ever read has confidently pronounced that I must be an introverted homebody, an ugly little ball of emotion who seeks shelter beneath her own thick skin. Anyone who knows me well would tell you quite the opposite; I returned from a solo trip to the west coast when I was about twelve and pretentiously told my parents I was moving to California regardless of if they allowed me or not. Although it took me a while to get here, I have scoffed at the idea of staying in my small, rural hometown and even felt a sort of twisted pity for people who are homebodies by nature. Freed from the very realistic bounds of post-college drudges, I would certainly be wandering the cobblestone streets of some archaic eastern European village or spending nights dancing recklessly under the light of a full moon in Koh Phangan. I thought I’d take a sunny west coast winter any day…until I had to spend Christmas sick and alone last year, lamenting all of the family-oriented childhood memories I had written off for so long.
As Mynga alludes to in this track, perhaps there’s something to be said for the comforts of home. Thomas Jack gives it his signature touch by infusing the original with jazzy instrumentals and mellow back beats that give this remix both a breezy and soulful vibe. The “home” he’s talking about is most certainly a bamboo villa on an island where family, friends, spiced rum and spliffs are all plentiful. The 20 year old Aussie is quickly breaking ground as a DJ and producer of his signature tropical house subgenre; he toured with Kygo this fall to sold-out shows across the U.S. and is bringing his good vibes back to Los Angeles on Halloween weekend at HARD Day of the Dead. He has found an untouched and unique niche in what has become a very saturated genre, always adding uplifting elements to make his tracks refreshing while also keeping them appropriate for anything from a pool party to a skeleton-themed festival.
Perhaps all the adventure and beauty in the world cannot bring the same inner peace and security as a rare trip “Back Home.” Although I do not make the three thousand mile journey very often, I have developed a deep appreciation for the roughly paved farm roads, unconditionally loving faces, and even the utter lack of dance music there…well, almost.