DJ Fresh
Louder

  • 5★★★★★
  • Reviewed by John
  • Published on July 3rd, 2011 at 10:25a.m.
Cover artwork for Louder

You know those summer songs that stick with you even if you forget everything else that happened that summer? I think this is my summer song for this year. It's got all the ingredients — loud (obviously), high energy, powerful vocals and fast.

If you're familiar with DJ Fresh's previous records, this song won't be much of a surprise to you (but it will definitely be welcome). It's everything you expect from one of his songs — plenty of bass, heavy vocals, and fast drums (getting even faster at the breakdown at the end). It's very similar to Chase & Status' recent songs. Sian Evans' vocals are superb and perfectly match the style of the song, even to the point of overpowering the instruments which is impressive.

The EP itself comes packaged with the radio edit, the club mix, and three remixes by Hervé, Drumsound & Bassline Smith and Flux Pavilion & Doctor P, which definitely isn't bad value.

The Hervé remix is less 'harsh' (for lack of a better word) than the original. It's slowed down a bit, but not much, with sparser use of the instruments right up until the drop towards the end. Lots of bass and some scratchy sounds interspersed with Sian's voice make this a pretty sweet remix. The drop, by the way, is near perfect.

Next up is the Drumsound & Bassline Smith remix, which from the get-go you can tell is going to be much more high energy. It's a lot faster, with the beat, rhythm and vocals all sped up. I like it. The whole remix doesn't sound that different from the original, except for a bit of dubstep-y wubwubwub and a slight drop in the middle and again at the end. All in all a decent remix, but it could've been so much more.

Last remix on the EP is the Flux Pavilion & Doctor P mix. It's a much more experimental remix, and is probably the one which sounds the most different from the original (which, I'd argue, is the best type of remix). This is definitely dubstep (did the Flux Pavilion or Doctor P give that away?) The song itself could probably be released standalone and it would do well. The only thing really linking it back to the original are Sian Evans vocals, which seem to ride and cut through the dubstep quite easily.

Best remix in my opinion? The Hervé mix. The whole single is well worth the money if you've liked DJ Fresh's previous records, or if you like artists such as Chase & Status and Magnetic Man. The music video's not bad either:

About Louder

Released:

2011

Genre:

dnbdubstepelectronicremix

Tracklist

  1. Louder (feat. Sian Evans) (Radio Edit)

  2. Louder (feat. Sian Evans) (Club Mix)

  3. Louder (feat. Sian Evans) (Hervé Remix)

  4. Louder (feat. Sian Evans) (Drumsound & Bassline Smith Remix)

  5. Louder (feat. Sian Evans) (Flux Pavilion & Doctor P Remix)

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