Flume fans will recall the artist’s 2019 track “Let You Know” as a spare, plucky affair featuring vocals from the one-and-only London Grammar. Now, Robin Hannibal — known widely for his work with Rhye and his collaborations for artists including Kendrick Lamar and Little Dragon — is giving the single a full-on disco twist. Premiering exclusively on Billboard Dance, Hannibal’s edit lushes up the original with a string section that evolves the song into a full-on disco cut replete with thumping bassline and rhythm guitar.
“My inspiration was late 70s/early 80s bougie boogie records,” Hannibal tells Billboard Dance. “[It’s] an era I love and miss in modern music, with its lush instrumentation, great musicality and interesting arrangements.”
For this edit, Hannibal completely deconstructed Flume’s original, opting instead to made his own track on which to place the London Grammar vocal. “I didn’t use any of the parts, chords or rhythms from the original song,” he says, “as I wanted to create a different sentiment in the music that I felt could match the bitter sweet melancholy in the vocal melody.”
“I love her voice and delivery,” Hannibal adds. “It’s both very eerie and very emotional at the same time.”
This remix comes from COTERIEmusic: Volume 12, a 24-song compilation featuring two new remixes and already released music music by a collection of all-stars including Grimes and i_o, Rudimental, Lykke Li, Phantoms, Bag Raiders and more. This collection is intended to reflect the vibe of the Coterie fashion trade Show, happening September 15-17 in New York.