MØ – Don’t Wanna Dance (Goldroom Remix)

It’s been way too long since our last post and we sincerely apologize for that. Hopefully this next couple tracks will keep you guys relatively satiated while we try and get our shit together. Goldroom has been on CasaSwoop’s radar for quite a while. in fact, one of our earliest reviews was a Goldroom track (check out Oxford’s remix of Goldroom’s “Fifteen”). Here, they take MØ’s original track, “Don’t Wanna Dance” and add their own unique flair to it. I’m not gonna lie to you guys, I don’t exactly love the original, it’s not bad, but it’s not very good either. The beginning of this track feels oddly disjointed. You start with this synth line that instantly gives way to the vocal and the percussion. And oh, what a percussion… Some people may enjoy snare hits on every single beat of a 4/4 rhythm, but I think it really takes away from the melodic elements track. The percussion starts so well, with a compelling swung snare rhythm, but once the chorus starts that intricacy is lost and the track just gets too messy. For one, the various vocal lines that mingle with each other throughout the song get completely drowned out by: the percussion, the piano solo, the sax solo, and a number of random guitar riffs. This track feels like it’s trying too hard to be too many things all at once. Furthermore, there’s a serious lack of lower register support. If you’re going to take the risk of having nothing but snare hits on every beat in the chorus, it makes sense that you would support that with at least a strong bass line, but that doesn’t happen here. This track feels like it’s just on the verge of being a good one, but it’s so confused that it jerks you around from one style to another, not a great thing for an electro track. All of the criticism above goes right out the window with Goldroom’s remix. Right from the beginning you get a solid set of synth chords and a standard bass drum line. It’s almost like Goldroom instantly understood where the weaknesses of the original were. The biggest strength of the original was the vocal lines. Josh Legg, the man behind Goldroom based out of L.A., makes it a point to accentuate that fantastic vocal by not drowning it out with too many background elements. The drum beat is your standard 2 and 4 snare beat, and the overall instrumentation relies more heavily on a strong bass. Consequently, the vocal lines that are so strong in the original are allowed to shine even more. This is one of those rare cases where the remix is really far and away better than the original. But hey, maybe I’m fucking crazy. It’s 5 a.m. on a Friday night and I’m not exactly the most sober that I’ve ever been while writing one of these. But oddly enough, I feel like that makes it better somehow. So please, listen to both tracks below and let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments section below! Enjoy!

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