TRACK: Au5 & I.Y.F.F.E win Seven Lions’ Day to Come Remix Contest


I find it very poetic that Seven Lions, an artist whose career skyrocketed into the limelight by winning a Beatport remix contest hosted by Trance Supergroup Above & Beyond, has now given that same opportunity to many-a-young producer with his very own contest. Jeff Montalvo (better known as trance-stepper Seven Lions), offered up the stems to the title track of his 2nd E.P, Days to Come, released on the powerhouse recording label OWSLA, infamous for its owner/boss, Sonny Moore (aka Skrillex).

If you were following the contest entries like I was, you would have seen a large number of big underground names submitting their remixes for review. Acts such electro superheroes Coyote Kisses, rapper-turned-producer None Like Joshua, and underground dubstep kings Rogue, M4SONIC, and Singularity all took a crack at a truly remarkable piece of work that is the original mix. Unfortunately, none of these acts would be credited as the official remixers with the exclusive Beatport release; that honour would belong to duo Au5 & I.Y.F.F.E.

With remixes for Canadian sensation Adventure Club and Singularity already under their belt, Au5 & I.Y.F.F.E return to provide a fresh, melodic drumstep take on the original. I found the remix to be much more complex and intricate in its layering, and I think that the subtlety of the various synth leads is what makes the intro so impressive. But of course, this wouldn’t be a bass track if I didn’t mention the drop. Oh, what a drop it was. The light, airy melody was contrasted well with a heavy drop that screamed “RAGE!” However, the track never loses its melodic roots and, as different of a take this is to the original, it does very well to stay true to the original feel that Seven Lions was aiming for.

It also looks like talent like this would not remain on the free market for long, as budding label Monstercat have picked up the duo. This is an excellent fit for them, as label owner Mike Darlington provides artists with room to experiment and grow into their own sound without a pressing need for “bangers” to feed the masses. The current lineup complements Au5 & L.Y.F.F.E’s style and we will definitely be seeing some fantastic collaborations soon enough.

Gary Sagoo – EDM TOR


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Adele Desloges

Adele is the owner of Tranceported. She also heads up the social media as well as the photo and video teams, and was a promoter of events across the Toronto area for years. She has been a fan of Trance music since the mid-90s and has been shooting Trance events since 2011..

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