A remix is a remix is a remix. Unless it’s the German composer Nils Frahm reworking the Australian dance music duo The Presets.
The dance-pop band, made up of vocalist/keyboardist Julian Hamilton and drummer/keyboardist Kim Moyes has been making music that has moved feet (and gone platinum several times over) in their native Australia since 2003. They’ve also remixed tracks far and wide -- for other acts including Lenny Kravitz, Silverchair, and Kings of Leon.
Now, The Presets have handed over "Promises" (from their 2012 album Pacifica) to the German composer, pianist and producer Nils Frahm for a reworking -- and rework he does. The result takes the dancefloor anthem and turns it into a surprisingly delicate, minimalist composition. But it turns out that Frahm had more to do with the original than anyone knew.
The Presets' Kim Moyes says that he listened to Frahm's experimental 2011 release Feltalmost every morning during the making of Pacifica -- and wanted to see what the pianist would do with the track."In a world where remix artist are usually chosen for what they can bring to a song in order to get it played by DJ's in night clubs, Nils was not an obvious choice." Moyes wrote to me. But, "he has created something else with our song, something gentle, intimate, unusual and incredibly beautiful."
Stream Nils Frahm’s reworking, above, and hear the original, below.
The Presets’ new Promises Remix EP, which is out on December 4th, 2012, also includes remixes from Luomo, Lifelike and Plastic Plates.
Gretta joined Soundcheck in 2010, having spent several years as a freelance radio documentary producer. Her stories on birders, fishermen, nurses, performance artists and even the Yale Whiffenpoofs have aired on a variety of outlets, from WNYC's Studio 360 to APM's The Story. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from Brown University and studied radio production at The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She was a cellist in the rock band Cursive from 2001-2005.