Hot Minute

FRESH: ‘Drive’ – Hot Minute

Hot Minute have the “Drive”!

In a world where we all literally live on social media and our brains assume much of what we see and hear is instantaneous, one can be forgiven for assuming that your new favourite song was in fact written and produced in the last few months. However, in 2020 this is actually a surprisingly rare occurrence. For Hot Minute, the all-female, Mancunian synth-pop powerhouse, their third single “Drive” is not by any stretch what a fan/stan might call a ‘new song’.

It turns out that “Drive” is a song that the girls have been sitting on for some time (“a few years at least,” states frontwoman Keely), but only now has it felt right to release. “Drive is about wanting to pack up and go, in a literal sense”, outlines Bella. Thematically, the latest release from the Northern trip feels surprisingly on point. Despite the song having taken some years to finally come together, it is oddly suited to the numerous global movements that have rather ominously dominated the start of the new decade.

“I think everyone can relate to needing to escape sometimes – like you could just leave in search of something bigger”, suggests Courtney. Keely sums it up on a more spiritual note: “We really wanted to get across the romanticised relationship of the high you get while chasing what feels like an impossible dream – but at the same point, if you just need to escape the house at 2am to get some white chocolate cookies from Asda, we’re also ok symbolising that! It’s the escape you want it to be”.

“Drive” has all the potential to be one of those tunes you’d play on repeat whilst driving around at night with your mates. “We always envisaged the song to be super 80’s when it was done and everything started to come together when we got down what became the badest-ass sax solo we’d heard in a while – which we didn’t actually add until midway through 2019”, states Bella. “It was important for us that ‘Drive’ was completed in a way that really hits you in the feels, both audibly and visually”.

Aesthetically, the release once again plays into the band’s vested commitment to the empowerment of women, particularly in the music industry. The option to experiment with a Charlie’s Angels X The Matrix theme for the campaign was floated, but it would clearly need a dose of Hot Minute’s unique empowerment spray. Keely directs: “You can be a bad bitch AND your own boss. You don’t need a ‘Charlie’ and you don’t just have to be one specific thing or another. You don’t have to answer to anyone. In our case, this applies to us as women, but the message is universal – don’t underestimate yourself, you don’t need permission”.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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