PREMIERE: Pantyraid “Six AM” ft. Bobby Saint

Early on a spring day, around 6 AM, you’ll often feel and see a light morning dew in the air and on the ground. It’s a pleasant sensation that eases you into sleep after a long night, or helps you wake up for the day ahead of you. That’s what the new Pantyraid single, “Six AM,” simulates. The production duo composed of Glitch Mob’s Josh Mayer AKA Ooah and MartyParty came together to produce a hazy future house beat, featuring singer Bobby Saint. Although they’re located in different cities (Josh in Los Angeles and MartyParty in Miami), they worked on an album together via an online server and are set to release it, Afterglow, on the 29th. It’s a unique mix of bass music and house, with just the right amount of pop.

“Six AM” stands out on the project like white on black, as it is the sole track with a vocalist as well as being the most laid back in energy. There are moments when the bass becomes more pronounced but it never gets heavier than a light mist at daybreak. Bobby Saint’s ability to reach a high register acts as a strong contrast to the beat, balancing out the song. We spoke to Pantyraid about the new album and how they came up with “Six AM.” You can read our interview below as well as check out their upcoming tour dates. Note that some dates are blurred as they’re yet to be confirmed.

Mass Appeal: How did you two originally meet?

Pantyraid: We met through mutual friends and we just hit it off right away. We started making music together and trading music files back and forth over an old server that Marty made.

How did you come up with the group and project names?

We saw a sticker on a lingerie store in Los Feliz called Pantyraid. It just stuck with us from that day on.

What is the work flow like between you? Did it vary from track to track?

It’s very exploratory and experimental. There are moments when both of us are driving the session together and then moments when we drive the session individually. We also end up trading files across the country cause we live in different cities. Usually at the end we come together and finish up the vision as one.

Why did you get Bobby Saint to sing on this song? Did you discuss the lyrics or the theme of the track beforehand with him?

Yes. We basically had a sketch of the song and we had him come to the studio to check it out. He ended up spitting a bunch of noises in rhythm and we spent the next couple of hours smoking weed, Marty cooked, and we all figured out the lyrics. It was a very collaborative process.

Any crazy stories that happened at 6 in the morning?

Everyone has a crazy story at 6 AM. It’s the time between the end of the party and the next day, which ends up being a special window of time that you share with someone. It’s a moment.

The track is starkly different from the rest of the project’s massive sound. Does this make it serve as a break from the action in the middle of the project?

No. It was just what came out to tell that story at that particular time. The song needed to sound that way to capture the essence of emotion. We always want to try new things.


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