Take a journey to a marvelous world of synthesized bliss on the newest single from Møme and Ricky Ducati. “They Said” is the second single off their upcoming collaborative album Flashback FM, due out early 2021. On the record, The duo has brought forward another magical tune, one that drapes listeners with an uplifting atmosphere and breezy, slithering groove. It’s an excellent follow up to their first single, “Got It Made”, and continues laying a foundation for what will be an incredible album.
Møme and Ricky Ducati have set out to create a record that draws inspiration and reimagines the classic electronic sound and stylings that started in the 70s and continued through until the 90s. An era that crisscrossed many genres and imagined then reimagined what electronic music could be, providing a compass for younger generations to follow. These decades were defined by the likes of Kraftwerk who dazzled German youths with something never heard before, then the ultra-groovy and — often — commercial Disco scene took ahold, and this broke into the House and Techno sounds taking over. Eventually, Daft Punk would rewrite everything and bring about a sound that combined the stylings of their predecessors, while adding elements of punk, rock, and an inventiveness unlike anything before them. It is from the well of these sounds, artists, and genres that Møme and Ricky Ducati draw together an incredible collaboration, one with refinement and freshness that we haven’t seen in ages.
With “They Said”, the duo shows a different side, one that is restrained with melancholy highlights and is less cheerfully buoyant than the debut single, “Got It Made”. Despite that, the record is breathtaking and builds a downtempo groove that wraps its tentacles around those who listen, bringing them into a vibe of fluttery ease. On the production front, Møme weaves together a sound design that sways between somber and lush hopefulness. In particular, I love the licks of guitar that paint the air with emotive barbs. Ricky Ducati’s graveling vocal provides the perfect complement to the Møme production. There’s a rawness to Ducati’s vocal work that brings about an emotional honesty to the lyrics and the record as a whole. If I didn’t know any better, I would believe that Møme and Ducati have been working together for over a decade with how seamlessly their talents work together.
Behind the incendiary sound, the record speaks a message that we all could and should connect with. The duo had this to say:
“We’re living in a time where there’s much to stand up and fight for. “They Said” is about always holding true to what you love and believe in. We’ve all encountered situations in life where we’ve been faced with the decision of whether to leave things be or stand up. This song is about that moment, about the decision to be courageous in pursuit of those things we care most deeply for, even if it means standing up to those in power : it’s encapsulated in the lines ‘You want to tell me that I’m not enough — that’s enough.’. It’s about being part of something greater than yourself, part of a movement. This track means a lot to us, it was composed in a moment of reflection walking the streets of Silverlake.”
“They Said” is a brilliant record that brings about an insatiable sound with honesty and emotion. It further builds the foundation for Møme and Ricky Ducati’s album, Flashback FM, which is poised to pirouette into our minds full of timeless sound waves and vibrant soundscapes. If it’s like their first two singles, then we’re in for one of the best electronic albums of the year.
To stream “They Said”, scroll down or follow the link here for your DSP of choice. They also recorded a studio video, which is below and shows the artists performing the song in two locations across the globe. It’s a nice addition and highlights both artists’ live talents.