The primary challenge of doing in a remix is creating your interpretation while still staying faithful to the original. Although not difficult to do in concept, many producers – even established ones – miss the mark, either not adding enough variation or going too far away from the original by stripping it down, altering the structure, or including too many effects.
Established trance German DJs with more than 15 years of experience behind them, Kyau & Albert recently gave the remix treatment to Ronski Speed’s “Run To The Sunlight,” featuring Stine Grove. The original track, which went up to No. 3 on the Beatport chart this week, has a harder trance edge, with more grit than usual. With a haunting, ethereal quality, Grove’s vocals contrast from the heavier beats and synths.
While the original is already denser than the average trance track, Kyau & Albert blend house and synthpop elements into it. A distinct sequencer line pervades the opening bars, giving the remix a somewhat retro feel. Heavier downbeats and synths round out the texture and support Grove’s vocals. A harder syncopated synth line then balances out and plays off her vocals. The resulting sound is modern with a classic electronic undercurrent.
While the “Run to the Sunlight” remix debuted on April 30, Kyau & Albert had an album commemorating their time in the industry released in March. Titled 15 Years: The Album and released on their own label Euphonic, the LP features 20 remixed Kyau & Albert tracks. Other trance artists, including Mat Zo, Arty, and Tritonal, show off their production talents by reworking the originals.
15 Years: The Album also acknowledges, of sorts, the amount of time Euphonic has been around. Starting in 1997, Euphonic is the longest-operating trance label and is now home to Above & Beyond, Ronski Speed, and Stoneface and Terminal.
If you haven’t heard “Run To the Sunlight” by Ronski Speed ft. Stine Grove (Kyau & Albert Remix), listen to it below: