POPOF Premieres Luca Donzelli & Mar-T's Groovy Remix of 'Going Back': Exclusive

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The history of POPOF and rave culture in France are closely intertwined.

Alexandre Paounov, as his real name goes, was a key figure in the Parisian free-party movement in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. As a member of underground collective Heretik System, Paounov helped organize wildly successfully parties at unconventional locations like the Bercy freight station and the Piscine Molitor swimming pool.

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In the years that followed, POPOF would go on to become one of the foremost Parisian techno artists, eventually attracting the attention of Sven Vath’s legendary Cocoon Recordings. Earlier this year, he continued his international momentum, joining Lee Foss and Jamie Jones’ Hot Creations imprint to deliver his new album, Love Somebody.

The second single from the album is “Going Back,” a collaboration with fellow French artist Animal & Me and vocalist Arno Joey. To help reimagine the track, POPOF has enlisted Italian underground upstart Luca Donzelli and long-time Amnesia resident Mar-T for an official remix. The duo transforms the lighthearted original into a club-savvy display of peak-time tech house. The remix epitomizes the ongoing collaboration between Donzelli and Mar-T, providing the kind of relentless groove that seamlessly carries the tune across its eight-minute spread.

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Listen to the remix's full premiere exclusively on Billboard:

Jones says Donzelli and Mar-T's remix has become a staple of his DJ sets for good reason.

“The vocal is already familiar to people and it's a great one to get the peak time crowd moving,” he says. “Working with POPOF has been a real pleasure. He is a versatile DJ and producer, but is also humble sweet person -- characteristics of a great artist -- and now member of the Hot Creations family. His debut live show was great at DC-10 a few weeks ago, and it was a brilliant addition to the Paradise line up.”

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Luca Donzelli & Mar-T’s remix of POPOF’s “Going Back” is out today on Hot Creations along with remixes from Oxia & Miss Kittin, Eats Everything, and Lee Foss.