So, publicists are sending us tracks their neighbours have produced now. That’s a thing that is happening. Frankly, we don’t mind, as long as it’s not from our neighbours (who’s music taste is terrible), or from the Neighbours (who produced Kylie, granted, but also Stefan Dennis). If it’s tracks like London based producer Leo Kalyan’s reMix of Ellie Goulding‘s Burn, our mailbox is open.
Kalyan serves up a rich banquet of deep grooves in his take on the track. Shuffling, hypnotic beats and basslines that allow Ellie’s vocals to take on a new, smokey, aspect as they curl in and out of the tracks pulsating electronics. Kalyan seems to have a knack for delivering something that is both atmospheric and extremely dancefloor friendly, something about those enigmatic rhythms and haunting tones that make this one pretty compelling.
The UK’s best kept secret, Clancy, has done it again. He’s just dropped his reMix of Ellie Goulding’s cover of Alt-J’s Tessellate. The track getting an official release soon, and you should definitely snap it up as Rich one again proves why he’s one of the most exciting producers around right now.
This one’s actually got a little Disco flavour to Clancy’s House, provided by a big squelchy bassline that adds a little swing to the Jackin’ beat. Clancy’s has seriously got a knack for atmospheric and infectious House, his tunes are always swirling clouds of warm tones and hypnotic hooks. Using just the right amount of the vocal, Clancy build a little dancefloor tension throughout the track, to keep thing interesting and deliver proper intoxicating deep grooves.
Alex Metric has whipped up a hell of a reMix with his new track. He’s worked over Ellie Goulding’s forthcoming new single Anything Could Happen and delivered a full on dancefloor assault.
So far, we are sad to say, we haven’t been that taken with any of the single from Ellie’s new album. Which is a pity, Lights was our album of the year back in 2010, Ellie’s voice and Starsmith’s (mostly) production was a killer combination but the new album seems a little more low key. Anyway, Metric sweeps that aside and goes massive with his version of Anything Could Happen, using the vocals primarily as a big breakdown in to seriously addictive Electro madness. Clashing, rapid first synth riffs and a slick Disco beat come together to make a groovy, but in-your-face, body moving monster.
♫ Ellie Goulding – Anything Could Happen (Alex Metric reMix)
So, earlier this month one of our favourite new artists of the last few years, Ellie Goulding, began the warm up to the new album with a brand new track. In this case it’s a cover of The Weekend’s ‘High For This’. We’re kinda’ in two minds about it, to make us feel less conflicted about the track, the marvel that is Monsieur Adi has come along with a reMix that we are definitely in one mind about.
Our mind is split about the original version because, although it’s wonderful to be hearing Ellie’s voice again, it really is, we’ve missed it, the production is a bit too..well, it’s hard to put our finger on it. Chiddy Bang’s Xaphoon Jones style is just a little too US Hip Hop flavoured, which makes it a worry that courting the lucrative North American market may have stripped much of what we loved about Miss Goulding. The quirkiness, the vulnerability, the intimacy in Ellie’s songs and the Britishness of Starsmith’s (amongst others) production are what made us love her music. For those things to be stripped in favour of a slick American R&B Pop sound, or for her to put through the Cherrytree (her US label) AutoTune-generic-Pop machine, or for her to suddenly have big chucks of Skrillex on her music would be disastrous for her identity as an artist. We’ll see I suppose. Anyhoo, Adi is in the house, so it’s all good. And it really is. It things look bleak, all you need to feel better is Adi’s lush orchestration, which mixes with a laid back Electro beat that just seems the perfect match for Ellie. Of course it’s not the first time Adi & Goulding (which sounds like a buddy cop show) have danced together, but probably the most emotionally rich time. That Ellie chose Monsieur Adi for an official reMix leads us to believe, to borrow from Star Wars, ‘there’s still good in her’. I guess we just have to trust that she knows what she’s doing and that the songs come from artistry, not focus groups.
You remember Ellie Goulding’s ‘Starry Eyed’? You remember how awesome it was two summers ago? You remember how it has a perfectly good, fun and funky, music video? You remember how the perfectly good, fun and funky, music video also got edited into a perfectly good music video for the jaw droopingly amazing Russ Chimes reMix of the song? Well, now the single is being released in the States there is a new video for it, which I won’t be posting as it appears to be the latest in a long line of record label attempts to turn Ms. Goulding into the blandest artist ever. The previous video was kinetic, and dancey, and youthful. The new video is Ellie slow-mo in a field, full of product placement, or something. Kinda’ like ‘The Writer’ video then? Seriously, we’ll see how many top 10 hits she has after you’ve tuned her into a dreary folk artist. My advice? Stick her back with Starsmith, let Neon Gold look after her, and we’ll all have a good time. The song is about shared clubbing or festival experiences, not picnics and feeling up bark.
Aaaaaaaaaanyway…renewed interest in the, admittedly still brilliant, track means more reMixes. Daze has put together a storming Disco fuelled epic track. Sliding between different grooves Daze controls the listener before sweeping in with a massive analog solo. Synth Funk haven.
Ellie Goulding’s live cover of The Knife’s ‘Heartbeats’ is the only cover I can tolerate (i.e. I love the original and hate Jose Gonzalez generic, uninspired, snorefest). Ellie’s voice, with it’s slight rasp, adds something to the song nicely. Wonderful news the that Russia’s coolest producer, Cosmonaut Grechko, has editied the hell out of it.
Dropping a nice chilled beat and some spaced-out synths in the background turns a nice cover into something pretty special. Grechko has actually turned the backing track into something a bit reminiscant of The Postal Service. It’s very easy to stick this track on the headphones and get lost in Grechko’s programming and Ellie’s voice.
This afternoon Ellie Goulding was featured in the Live Lounge on Jo Wiley’s BBC Radio 1 show, on top of performing her new single ‘Lights’ she also covered The Knife’s ‘Heartbeats’.
It was a pretty sweet acoustic cover too, the song lends itself well to Ellie’s voice. I’m probably going to get a bit hypocritical here though ‘cos I absolutely hate Jose Gonzalez’s dull-as-shit version of a song I love, but when Ellie does it acoustically I quite like it. Maybe I just hate Mr. Gonzalez’s dreary voice, or maybe I just love Ellie’s. Either way, I enjoyed this cover.
This is pretty special! The Nu-Disco kind of strings Monsieur Adi has dropped this gobsmackingly good mash-up between Ellie Goulding’s ‘Guns & Horses’ and Daft Punk’s ‘Make Love’.
This is one of those occasions where the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. I haven’t heard a version of ‘Guns 7 Horses’ that highlights the real beauty in Eliie’s voice as well as it is showed off here. I love her vocals anyway, but in Adi’s hands there almost become an instrument, one of his beloved strings.