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.
Earlier this year, I was highly complimentary of a rising producer and electronic artist, ANN3X. He had unveiled a superb remix for a Spinnin’ Records competition, one that I thought was one of the more sharply produced remix efforts of the year. Now to close out the year, ANN3X is back with an even more eclectic and compelling remix. The new release is a reworking of Jay Hardway’s ‘Electric Elephants,’ with which ANN3X collaborated with GasMask, another producer. Let’s dig right into the new tune.
When critically analyzing a remix, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the original work. Thus, I spent some time with Hardway’s original tune prior to delving into ANN3X’s. To be entirely blunt, I’m not particularly impressed with ‘Electric Elephants’ in its original state - it wreaks of stereotypical electronic dance and dub sounds. Nothing about it is terribly original, and thus, I have no reservations with arguing that ANN3X’s remix is superior to its namesake.
‘Electric Elephants,’ the remix, is a staggeringly good effort. Dynamic waterfalls of synthesizers cascade around a light vocal sample and heavy percussion piece. The banter between the synthesizers creates a sonic space of intrigue and possibility, something the original tune completely lacks. In fact, the best moment of the remix is around 1:50 when the drop leads into this harsh, industrial-like solo section. About twenty seconds later, the vocal pieces ghostly fly in and out of that solo - absolutely fantastic.
ANN3X and GasMask describe their creation as ‘progressive future house.’ That’s probably a fairly apt analysis - there is a lot going on in the track... a whole lot more than the original. The remix is a cacophony of epic, well-executed sound. That is why ANN3X and GasMask leave Jay Hardway in the dust. Head to the link below to vote for the track in a new Spinnin’ Records competition. Go cast a vote; it’s not often a remix lays new, exciting claim to a particularly dull, trope-driven track.