One of the beauties of this gig is the lack of control over what tunes come my way. It’s a wild ride where anything and everything can find its place in the vast cacophony of musical morsels that land on my desk. It’s a constant push beyond my sonic comfort zones, not that these borders are anything less than expansive these days. One moment, I’m knee-deep in brooding slabs of metal, the kind that demand your undivided attention, and the next, my pen is fervently scribbling about the latest vibrant, feel-good slice of electronic dance music. Enter the enchanting realm of Party Hard.
It’s this uncharted journey that has taught me to appreciate all sounds, to approach each tune on its own terms, except for mumble rap – there’s not enough gold in Fort Knox to make that noise palatable. But having found my way to Party Hard, or rather it has found its way to me, I love it. And I love it more with each spin.
Beneath its seemingly straightforward dance beats, which oscillate between the understated and the pulsating, celebratory kind, this track has a singular mission, which it fulfils with unrivalled finesse. However, as is the case with all remarkable music, there’s more beneath the surface, more to unravel than meets the ear. The lyrics might appear to be your run-of-the-mill stoner club musings, but there’s an undercurrent of profound philosophy at play here. They speak of camaraderie, of revelry, of the profound impact of social connections, and not in an overtly extroverted manner. They hint at a deeper understanding, empathy, and introspection, touching on the very essence of relationships, attraction, and the primal urge for social bonding.
Then again, perhaps the song is just about getting high, dancing like there’s no tomorrow, and perhaps finding a kindred spirit to share the night with. And you know what? That’s more than alright. That’s the stuff that makes life worth living, that keeps the party going long after the music fades.