“Florida” – The Range

Electronic musician James Hilton, aka The Range, makes music from Youtube videos. On his new album, Potential, each song is built with vocal samples from amateurs that he found on the website. Hilton explains, “I found each person by using a small set of search terms on YouTube…I endeavored to tie the songs of Potential together by telling my own story alongside the stories of the people I sampled”. The first single, “Florida” features an imperfect cover of Arianna Grande’s “You’ll Never Know”. With rapid, almost glitchy percussions, the beat seems to revel in the shakiness of the vocal track. The Range uses this vulnerability to catapult the song through soaring climaxes.