Ever seen a floating golden crown in the flesh?
While Lorde’s “Tennis Court” already had an undeniable rhythm to it, a new remix from Australian producer Flume (aka Harley Streten) enhances the song’s clattering percussion and nasty bass tone in all the right places.
The remix, which the MTV Artist to Watch debuted during his set at Coachella earlier this month, has a light touch. Instead of merely throwing some four-on-the-floor drums and cliché trance synths underneath Lorde’s vocals, the remix deepens the atmosphere of the already heady track.
There’s a full minute of celestial synths before the “Team” singer comes in, and still another 60 or so seconds before the drums join in. The vocals wrestle with a manipulated bass note that surges forward and dashes back before everything settles down for a space-clearing verse, not unlike Flume’s own “Insane” track from last summer.
Speaking of space, the video for the remix opens with a glittering crown before a gold-painted model appears and explodes into stardust. You might call the concept “’Royals’ in Space,” which gives us a brilliant idea for a film pitch. Get Hollywood on the phone.
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