Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
Previously in the Independent Spotlight, I tackled Maini Sorri’s ‘Lost Love.’ That track had all of the proper pieces of a song with wonderful pop-sensibility and delivery. Now, we’re going to be delving into the dance remix of the new tune. (Click here to go read that first review - I’d certainly encourage reading that first to get my take on the original version of ‘Lost Love.’ Plus, that article covers all of the relevant info on Sorri that gives context to her music. I won’t cover that ground twice since I know readers have likely already been introduced!)
This new dance remix, though very similar to the original piece, does have some creative nuances that take it in an interesting direction. We’re actually getting a bit of an exclusive look of the track; Sorri won’t be releasing it until June 15. The track does exactly what it should do very, very well: provide a danceable take on the new single.
I’m a strong believer in the remix when utilized properly. The only remix that I want to hear is one that has its own creative license of the original track. Stay too close to the original tune and you lose the whole reason you’re remixing it. Deviate too far, you lose the song entirely. The remixed version of ‘Lost Love’ elegantly walks this line. It has all of the elements of a fantastic dance mix straight out of the late 80s and its dramatically different instrumentation keeps it consistently interesting.
I dig the dance version of ‘Lost Love’ and highly suggest checking it out when it comes around on June 15. Originally, I had a bit of trouble understanding the English vocals on ‘Lost Love.’ That concern still stands, obviously, since the vocals remain untouched on this rendition. It’s a small grievance amidst an overall intriguing pop effort, however, and I like where the dance remix takes this song.