You may have noticed when we have recently been updating our monthly “This Beat Is Poptronik” playlist, we started to add-in one or two classic hit songs from the 80s, 90s and 00s. These could be tracks we featured on the blog during years gone by, a new mix out or a noteworthy cover we’ve had sent in or stumbled upon on the internet. Here’s one such nostalgic offering I’ve stumbled upon. While being a soft-rock track, I expect that more than a few EQ readers are familiar with the Cutting Crew 1986 release “(I Just) Died In Your Arms.” Now imagine it, driven by chillwave vibes and a sweet, honeyed vocal from a lovely French lady. Sound good? Thought, so.
This new reimagining peeped up quite by chance on my timeline a few days ago. It comes from Latin production duo Fallen Roses, who links with Mexican DJ Mr Pig, Andros who is another Mexican producer/DJ. And features vocals provided by Laurène Bourvon of the French duo Lunis. (Wow, it’s quite a line-up involved, isn’t it? I thought so as well.) With so many artists on board, this cover could have gone one of two ways. a) be a terrible mess or b) be a very, nice, interpretation of what has become a rather, iconic track from the 1980s.
I really enjoyed the expansive, spacey grooves this collective of musicians went with for their update on “(I Just) Died In Your Arms.” The answer to the question posed above is B, a resounding one at that. The Latin, Mexican and French touches of this artists have spun this track around completely, into a dreamy, otherworldly dimension. As lounge, chillwave tracks go, this one is particularly stunning because it effortlessly holds your attention from start to finish. There is plenty to luxuriate in, so take a break (you’ve earned it) and savour every second of this soothing update.