PREP – Cheapest Flight (AlunaGeorge Remix)

So here we are nearing the end of October. Summer has long since ended, and now the weather is starting to turn towards winter. As we sit at our desks, in our libraries, or at our offices, I think we can all relate to the feeling of wanting to get on a flight and get away as quickly as possible. London-based PREP’s chill-wave/crooner hybrid track, “Cheapest Flight,” perfectly encapsulates those emotions in a song feels both depressing and uplifting at the same time. I fucking love this song. The first time I heard it, it just popped up in my feed and I was immediately sucked in by the blend of classic sounds (a la trumpets and saxophones) and electronic elements (there is substantial synth use). While all of those things are great, and they are truly great, what keeps me coming back for more is the tasty harmonies layered over that unbelievably well-built melody in the chorus. Coupling those harmonies with the horns and saxophones gives this track a big band feel, all while rooting itself in a mellow but potent electro-bass line.

I’ve always been honest with you. We here at CasaSwoop strive for an organic and trustworthy experience. With that in mind, I’m going to go ahead and tell you all that the only reason why I put the AlunaGeorge remix here is because this is a remix website (mostly) and it’s been too long to put up a straight up New Swoop on this one. If I’m being honest (which I always am, because people don’t lie on the Internet), I actually think that this remix completely misses the mark with regard to capturing the best elements of the original. Now, as anyone who as studied remixes will tell you, remixing is not about taking the best parts of the original and just pasting them into your remix. A good remix takes those pieces and repurposes them into something unique. Overall, the song is fine, not as good as the original, but not bad. Where I feel like it could have done a lot better was allowing for the chorus from the original to have its day. Letting those harmonies mentioned above resonate, while providing that classic AlunaGeorge “lounge-pop” vibe play off those elements. They also sped up the vocal line, which I felt really took away from the emotion that resonated with me in the original. Anyway, DON’T BE SHEEP! Make your own opinions by listening to both tracks below and let us know what you think in the comments section!

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