Liu Beim Solomun
If you like your electronica with a hint of indie attached to it, and soulful vocals, then look no further than the UK based Liu Bei (pronounced LOU BEY), who recently released Atlas World, with some beautiful, and emotive vocals.
Enter Diynamic boss Solomun, who took this track and released two versions – One called the “Day Remix” and the other one, you guessed it, the “Night Remix”. Both versions come in one package on Diynamic’s sister label, 2DIY4 – which Solomun describes as the more ‘experimental’ one.
If you take a moment to listen to the original, you’ll realize how cinematic and expressive the vocals are, so in order to do justice to the track, you’d need something as dramatic. Solomun has taken that facet into consideration, and the first remix he’s done, called the “Day Remix” starts off with a slow-burning introduction, but uses uplifting synths, gentle piano chords and adds a hint of a Balearic element to the vocals to give it a perfect daytime feel. It’s not bouncy, or get-you-off-your-seat-groovy, but the vocals, combined with Solomun’s perfect synth-like infusions make it one of those tracks that work brilliantly on a hot summer day.
The “Night Remix” has a lot more groove and bounce to it, and the vocals kick in almost at the very beginning. Here, Solomun has recreated the original by adding a darker, tech-housier element to the track. The vocals are intricately manipulated, and the tension builds right throughout. There’s also a moodier, and harder element in the track, which adds to the tension it builds right from the beginning to the end. It is one that will see heavy airplay at those peak time hours, and it is a remix that could own a dance floor within seconds.
Don’t be fooled by the notion that this is an indie-electronica track. Solomun has previously remixed Lana Del Ray, so a remix of Liu Bei should not come as a surprise. Both the remixes are equally catchy and are a stark contrast from each other, but there is a commonality that runs through them – which eventually ties them together. Get your summer face on and get this release!
The tracked was dropped by Solomun for Diynamic’s Takeover of Bolier Room at the BPM Festival: