Remix City: Erika Spring + Jensen Sportag, Another + Ambinate, LUST

Remix City
Sifting through mountains of remix trash so you don’t have to, in an attempt to find the ones that contribute to their originals. Erika Spring of Au Revoir Simone releases her solo project, with a remix by Jensen Sportag, and Chicago’s Another offers up an entire remix EP, with standouts from LUST and Ambinate.

 

Erika Spring – “Hidden”

Singer and keyboardist of Au Revoir Simone, Erika Spring, has just released a self-titled EP from the experimental pop label Cascine, which is curiously a record label guided by intuition. A quick browse through their catalog reveals a series of clever, often female-fronted forays into gentle pop music. “Hidden”, Erika Spring’s first single, comes with a burning underlying synth line that adds a depth to its already sultry qualities. The remix by Jensen Sportag throws a mellow haze atop it, in some senses, while picking up its dancing in the bedroom potentialities.

Erika Spring – “Hidden” (Jensen Sportag Remix)

Erika Spring – “Hidden” (Original)

 

Another – “Helicopter” & “Gold Glow”

We’d previously written about the ’80s-throwback, Bear In Heaven-reminiscent sounds of Chicago’s Another HERE, and it is our pleasure to hear New Jersey’s Ambinate give it a complete ambient rework. Gone are the ukelele feel-good pleasures of the track, to be replaced by discombobulated vocals and sounds for sensual meltdown, to really make good on delivering a pleasurable songwriting arc. LUST’s remix of “Gold Glow”, to follow, ups the song’s already present melancholy and thunders it into dramatic heights. Further remixes can be heard on Another’s SoundCloud, along with his last album and some cover projects.

Another – “Helicopter” (Ambinate Remix)

Another – “Helicopter” (Original)

Another – “Gold Glow” (LUST Remix)

Another – “Gold Glow” (Original)

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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