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.
In this edition of the Independent Spotlight, we’re going to be delving into Pia Dean, a UK based songwriter and producer who strives to “create partnerships between words and music.” Dean works with an array of guest vocalists in an endeavor to give each track a remarkably unique identity. One of her more recent singles, ‘Gone,’ puts vocalist Scarlet Cox into the limelight.
‘Gone’ has undergone an EDM remix by the producer LaMo, which is what we’re tackling in particular here on the Spotlight today. In order to properly explore the remix, however, it is important to gain some context by tuning into the original song. ‘Gone’ is a pretty gorgeous tune, and it’s very soft spoken. Cox occupies its landscape beautifully and subtly. EDM, of course, is usually anything but subtle. That’s not a bad thing, though. The remix takes the song to a new place because of that.
‘Gone’ in its original form is a lovely ballad of sorts. As an EDM production, it boasts an atmosphere that would be perfect for the party or the dance floor. LaMo has done a fine job remixing it, and Cox’s presence is still paramount to the success of the track. At times, the EDM mix does feel a bit formulaic in its rise and fall. That said, it’s not an overbearing remix, either, which means it accentuates its original subject matter quite nicely.
LaMo has produced a new version of ‘Gone’ that infuses a much more upbeat style into it without compromising its passion or infectious pop nature. It’s also not overproduced, which a lot of EDM tends to be. Instead, LaMo leaves Cox’s original vocals at the forefront of the effort, building simplistic EDM beats around her instead of drowning her out.
If you’re a fan of EDM, ‘Gone’ will most certainly suit you in its new remix. If you’re not a fan of EDM, the style on this remix is particularly subtle, and you may still find it enjoyable. Finally, if you enjoyed ‘Gone’ when it was released, this new extension of its personality is very much worth checking out. Spin the song below or watch the video above.