With his extraordinary revision of the duo’s ‘The Alarm’, it was Vince Clarke who just last month was dropping some classically 80s shades over All Hail The Silence’s music. Now A.H.T.S. (Brian ‘BT’ Transeau & Christian Burns) have commissioned another similarly-tipped, 80s-synched soundmaster to dip into their oeuvre.
The mightily moving ‘City Lovers’ from the pair’s Jan-released debut studio album ‘‡’ is the track in the remix spotlight. Its remixer is Oneida, NY-born synth/chillwave specialist Seth Haley – better known in the cooler margins of electronic music as Com Truise.
In many respects Truise’s treatment couldn’t be riffing off the Eighties more if it was wearing a Walkman, painted electric pink and had shoulder pads the size of the Hollywood sign! The LA-based producer has though opted to replace a much of the Original’s emotional lament-to-lift-rollercoaster with a more urgent, dramatic & club-like equalisation.
Hammond organ lines fall across syncopated beats, whilst warm analogue bass offsets the broodily monochromatic tone of Com’s surrounding production. Throughout, Christian’s song teems with the feels, as the ‘City Lovers’ moodsome backstory becomes apparent. Com Truise’s remix of ‘City Lovers’ is available to stream/purchase here (https://ahts.choons.at/citylovers) from today.
01. City Lovers (Com Truise Remix)
Author: Tim Stark