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Hælos – Empty Skies (Joe Goddard Remix)

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The music scene has spawned a whole bunch of wonderful bands with one foot in the rave over the last few years, the obvious ones being Maribou State and London Grammar
but there are a whole flank of amazing young bands like Hælos pushing through with songwriting, live performance and marvelous vocals at the forefront of what they do.

Hælos’ productions are a wall of sound with an old-school twist, somehow reminiscent of Massive Attack, throw in a sprinkling of The Beatles and tweak the up-to-date-omoter up to now and you’ll be about there. Sometimes dark, sometimes trippy, always lush and ethereal ‘Empty Skies‘ is reminiscent of all of these things, but it’s precise too, sharp and clean, accomplished and catchy.

Joe Goddard is a hero. Put aside his work with Hot Chip, his remixes are some of the most amazing electronic music interpretations you’ll hear. When you watch him at work in his studio he moves quickly and uses a hybrid classic analogue and digital approach. This rawness comes across in his productions, which are much more dancefloor oriented but funky as hell, and despite the rawness, are a masterclass of using the right amount of simple elements to make a track work.

His remix of ‘Empty Skies’ romps through an undulating journey of rough-as-guts bass, 90’s style synth stabs and rhodes piano, picking the catchiest vocal parts and rubbing it all together to make a fabulous meze of shape-throwing excellence.

I can’t say more good stuff about the original and especially the remix. A great pairing and an original and remix that compliment each other. Solid.

Score: 8.5/10

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