In the current ADHD club world of open format DJing and quickmix sets, songs like “Braver” fit perfectly. In the same way that a Zedd track is known for changing genres seamlessly throughout its length, “Braver” accomplishes the same thing but with even more opposite song textures. Created by producer Mark Maxwell, now known as SILAS, the track alternates between pretty keyboards, stadium progressive, retro 2009-era dirty dutch noises, backbeat builds, and aggressive “Tsunami”-style triplet beats. Tying the track together are the pretty yet powerful vocals of The Voice runner-up Dia Frampton, last heard on Tydi’s gorgeous “Stay” track. SILAS definitely has some great production chops, if “Braver” somehow doesn’t convince you of that, go back and listed to the Afroajck’s tragically underappreciated “The Spark” that he cowrote, produced the vocals for, and played guitar on.
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