Boomkat Product Review:
Erika De Casier bucks expectations once again with a remix set that's all killer no filler - sugary sweet and hyper smart reworks from Nick León, Eartheater, Smerz and Hannah Diamond & caro♡ make this almost as essential as its AOTY-contending predecessor.
Spring's "Sensational" showed us pretty clearly that the Portugal-born Danish singer-songwriter De Casier was no mere flash in the pan. If her debut had introduced us to an artist struck thru with rare promise, 'Sensational' was a step towards maturation in a defined career, something that's again patently obvious on "The Sensational Remixes". Even at their best, remix records have the habit of being a bit shit- somehow though, this one works.
PC Music royalty Hannah Diamond and caro♡ are up first, repositioning 'Better Than That' as sad, minimal trance. It harmonizes De Casier's voice, evoking teenage dreams without resorting to vapid nostalgia. Nordic duo Smerz loop De Casier's voice and trigger clipped chatter, building elements of 'Friendly' into delicate but kinetic footwork, while Mura Masa takes 'Polite' - already a '90s R&B throwback - and enhances the flavor with Darkchild stabs and hollow, familiar snares. Eartheater's take on 'Someone to Chill With' aerates De Casier's smooth coos with her signature elastic vocalizing; while Miami's Nick León adds his own twist, subtly pushing 'Friendly' into throbbing dembow territory. The best is saved for last, though. Danish-Uruguayan producer DJ G2G treats their version of 'Busy' as if it's a pop edit, chipmunking De Casier's vocal and gluing it into a euphoric hard dance-trance litescape that sounds so comfortable it's almost eerie.