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.
Currently Spinnin’ Records is running a remix competition for Tiësto and Don Diablo, two artists opening up their latest single, ‘Chemicals,’ for interpretation from producers worldwide. Like many contests, the internet will be voting the artists up the ranks until a final winner of ten is chosen by the two artists. One of those producers in contention is iTzANN3X, and his remix of ‘Chemicals’ has shown some incredible promise. It’s spreading quickly on SoundCloud and Spinnin’ Records’ website is chock-full of 270+ comments and supporters. Is iTzANN3X worth the buzz? Let’s find out.
Now, iTzANN3X has released his interpretation of ‘Chemicals’ in the form of a danceable house remix. It’s party music to the extreme, best suited to a blaring sound system at a rave or nightclub. The sonic quality of this remix is compelling, though, because it’s very, very well mixed. iTzANN3X dances about the mix with electronic influence, heavy organ-like synthesizers, and intricate beats. The rise and fall of this remix is climactic in the most unique sense of the word. Sometimes this genre falls victim to stereotypical production and lackluster creativity. iTzANN3X doesn’t fall into either trope, and remains consistently entertaining and tactful throughout his remix.
The song originally featured vocalist Thomas Troelsen, whose contributions are still featured on iTzANN3X’s remix. He sparsely occupies the soundscape, but when he does explode through the chaos, it adds a wonderful sense of harmony to the piece. I particularly dig the mix’s multi-faceted approach to composition. It bounces between thick, almost industrial-esque synthesizers and beats to pop infused electronica. Around 3:20, the song evolves into a wonderland of synthesized instrumentation and remarkable detail.
There is a lot going on in this tune. Fortunately, it holds itself together with a wonderful elegance and it’s very worth both your time to listen to it and your time to vote for it. Head on over to Spinnin’ Records site and cast your vote; help a rising producer continue to exhibit his potential.