The original chiming house cut has been taken and been intricately reworked in a harder, heavier style, with punchy drum patterns and breaks-influences clear throughout.
It crackles, distorts, and fragments as if it were an old vinyl record, although the original lyrics and vocals – provided by Dundee’s Theo Bleak – ring clear throughout.
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“I made this track during lockdown when the club wasn’t a big part of my life, which I feel is why it’s resonating with a larger group of people than just the ravers,” explains Big Mix on the original cut. “It’s definitely a track for those nice summer days with friends rather than the dark club. It’s been great to show people the different sides of my musical output rather than just the club bangers. I absolutely love the spin that niina has put on the track for her remix. The way it builds with the repeated vocal loops and extra percussion has taken it to a really interesting new place.”
“The vocal melody sounds quite sad and emotional to me but with an underlying feeling of defiance,” niina explains on the remix. “I really enjoy how the original feels quite uplifting so I decided to explore a slightly darker direction to take the track into a slightly different space. I went for quite hard hitting drums to really bring out the defiance I felt in the vocal melody. I wanted to remix the original song because the feeling in the production feels emotional yet hypnotic and love the vibe. I also really enjoyed Theo Bleak’s voice in this context.”
The remix epitomises niina’s genre-spanning discography, dating back to late 2021 with her self-released EP ‘100 Dollar Bill’. The record avoided gender expectations by eschewing full headshots yet enabling others to be visible, “putting the music first”.
Big Miz feat. Theo Bleak ‘Let The Smoke Out’ (niina Remix) is available now, check it out here.
Niamh Ingram is Mixmag’s Weekend Editor, follow her on Twitter
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Written by: Tim Hopkins