Live For What I'd Die For
- Reviewed by John Price
- Published on June 30th, 2011 at 4:11p.m.
- Updated on July 4th, 2011 at 12:57p.m.
Since I heard Jess' vocals on Breakage's Fighting Fire, I've been eagerly anticipating her debut solo record. Live For What I'd Die For is her second release after Vultures, containing the title song, alongside a cover and two remixes.
First things first, you can tell that Jess highlights her strongest point — her voice. If you've heard Vultures or even Fighting Fire, you'll know what to expect. A big voice with some deep sounding electronic track, heavy on synths and with a few vocal effects thrown in. It's a winning formula, and it works well on this track. I really like the contrast between her voice and the hard synthy feel of the instruments.
She's also included a cover of Chase & Status' End Credits. The original's vocals were performed by Plan B. Big shoes, you might think. No worries, she's taken the song and made it her own. It's slowed down slightly, and it's lost the huge ravey feel that the original had, so if that's you kind of thing you probably won't like what she's done with the song (although covers are meant to be different!) Pianos infuse the song with a sense of calm.
The remixes are interesting. The Loadstar remix is a drum and bass crossed with dubstep sounding version of the original (in other words it's been sped up and some bass has been smeared on it). It's alright, but it's just a standard dubstep-y remix sound. Nothing special. The Mark Knight remix has gone the other way. It's much longer, more minimalist and definitely more subtle. It's got a pretty sweet drop to it though, definitely a club song.
If you like Jess Mills' previous records, you'll definitely like this one. Here's the video: