Sometimes it really is all about the remix. Egyptian trance duo Aly & Fila are set to release their Quiet Storm album, which has been preceded by the grungy/alternative rock-feeling “Running Out of Time,” featuring the vocals of Chris Jones. Going in the opposite direction, “Mysteries Unfold” is pretty, almost soothing trance aimed for the swaying end-of-night feel. Sue Mclaren’s vocals are lush and flowing, with a slight husky tone, grooving like a lullaby on edge. On first listen, it sounds good and will work well in a club set and on the radio, but there is something missing. Then comes the Uplifting mix and all bets are off. Wow, the energy and BPM are increased exponentially, with a powerful kick loop reminiscent of Tiesto “Flight 643” (or for the euro/hardcore fans – the infamous CYT Remix of Erika “I Don’t Know”). A seemingly random male robotic voice adds some dissonance, giving it a bit of added quirk. Sue’s vocals sound completely different – while still pretty, they are more powerful and anthemic (like one of Sarah McLachlan’s better electronic remixes). With the new album coming, let’s hope they follow this inspiration and do a remix album of Uplifting mixes. That would be a clubslayer.
Images courtesy of Future Sounds of Egypt/Armada.