Imagine Kate Bush doing a dark synth-pop cover of Depeche Mode’s “Black Celebration,” and you have the initial buzz single of Veiga Sanchez (a/k/a Salt Ashes). For the “official” debut comes “Somebody,” a slick-yet-moody downtempo electronic record with the feel of a New Order side project – maybe Revenge or Electronic. The comparisons to Kate Bush are obvious, but there’s a hint of a Natalia Kills noir in there that gives it an even darker, angelic vibe. While not exactly club-ready, the Cruelty remix adds a new beat with a kind of RAC-meets-DFA vibe. With her unique and ethereal (yet powerful) voice, I imagine that there will be some strong DJ/Producer collabs coming soon.
The Remix Artist Collective is a trio of producers who’ve made a name for them by remixing everyone from Lane Del Rey and Penguin Prison to the Gossip and Temper Trap. Their remixes aren’t always aimed at the clubs but rather reinterpret the original songs by adding new elements and giving them a new vibe.? They’ve also made the move to releasing original songs, first “Hollywood” featuring Penguin Prison and now “Let Go” with? Kele Okereke from Block party and MNDR.? The song title is kind of funny since Kele did a vastly under appreciated single with Martin Solveig called “Ready 2 Go.”? “Let’s Go” is smooth, shuffling and summery pop with a similar vibe to the recent “Young Love” by Felix Cartal and Koko Laroo.? Actually, the more I listen to the song, I keep flashing back to “Steal My Sunshine” by Len (but without the Andrea True Connection sample.)? It will be interesting to see if club remixes are forthcoming.