Since coming together nearly a decade ago, Late Night Alumni have continued to push a sound that is all their own. From the ethereal vocals of Becky Jean Williams to the downtempo and house-influenced grooves that John Hancock, Finn Bjarnson and Ryan Raddon (Kaskade) have been conjuring up below, Late Night Alumni have never shied away from forging their own musical path.
While the past year has seen Becky and John take on a more central role in the ongoing development and direction of the group, the emotional core and dynamic approach to genre and music continues to break new ground, so it came as no surprise when we heard word of a drum & bass remix of “Drummer” floating around. Taken from their fifth studio album, Eclipse, the original is a haunting and melancholy meditation on heartbreak and lost love that still ranks as one of our favorites so we weren’t sure what to expect from the remix.
Fortunately, John Hancock has turned in a masterful re-visioning of the original that preserves the dreamy core while smoothly transforming it into a kind of high-energy release that is perfect for those long summer nights still to come. The pads and percussion come together in a way that pushes the experience to the breaking point before pulling back into a kind of soft, meditative bridge that starts the spiral once again. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions that hits that sweet spot and is sure to be a favorite among old and new fans alike.
Check the exclusive audio below and be sure to snag your free copy of this one being offered up exclusively from Bassrush and Late Night Alumni on ToneDen.