SONG OF THE DAY (SUNDAY FUNDAY): Kelly Clarkson – “Catch My Breath” (Lenny B Remix)
In a world where uncredited engineers do the work of others who buy the credit, it’s great to see a real musician/producer stay true to himself. Lenny B has produced remixes for everyone from Rihanna and Britney Spears to Faithless and Armand van Helden, always managing to engage the sounds of big room club music with a commercial feel. His recent remix of One Direction “What Makes Your Beautiful” gained massive club play by taking the boy band into the electro realm while keeping the hooks and melodies perfectly in line. “Catch My Breath” is not the first song of Kelly Clarkson that Lenny has remixed, he also did “The Trouble With Love” a few years back which she then chose as her tour version. It’s always a challenge for a producer to rework a song with a powerful vocal – the vibrato and tone don’t always fit when the tempo changes for club play. In Lenny’s masterful hands, the mid tempo pop ballad transforms into a powerful club anthem as electro/stadium house hybrid. The vocals are so perfect, it sounds like she sang this version as the original take. Lenny’s mix would perfectly in a credible club set by someone like Swedish House Mafia or David Guetta just as easily as it would in a commercial club by your local resident dj. That kind of universal sound is what Lenny B is really known for – taking pop records and giving them a modern club feel. Now, let’s just see if the label is smart enough to realize that this is the perfect mix for radio and gives it the push it deserves.