When “Blaze of Glory” was released earlier this year, it was a track that didn’t feel like it had room for remixing. A punchy pop anthem, Anna Lunoe had gone in full force on a new style, per usual providing the impact with her own top-notch vocals. Now, that notion is out the window thanks to some new moves made on the track by Fool’s Gold boss Nick Catchdubs.
Oftentimes, when a track is “remixed,” it’s so easy to assume that the original canvas has been upgraded to become a club-ready asset with an energetic new form. But with Catchdubs at the helm, the outcome is different, and we see “Blaze of Glory” take on a new meaning. First, immediately we’re led into a dreamlike sequence as the newly laid back production style unravels slowly and mysteriously. We get hints of saxophone riffs and a steady drum backbone. There’s low-pass samples of Lunoe’s vocals chopped into “Do you wanna blaze?” that quickly transform the intent of the original track’s “You can do it!” mantra into a hazy, smoke-filled chill session with Catchdubs behind the boards. While the feelings of pastel remain, rapper Tabby Wakes takes it further, at times on his own melody and at others assuming Lunoe’s. It’s fluid, surprising, and thought provoking, giving the term “remix” a little more weight than it normally gets these days.