After remixing Lorde's "Tennis Court" and Chet Faker''s "Gold" earlier this summer, Flume is back with his take on Arcade Fire's "Afterlife." The original track was a standout on the band's latest record, Reflektor, and Flume's mix meshes electronics with spliced vocals by Win Butler and Régine Chassagne to make the bitter breakup song even more melancholic. Flume skips his usual face-melting drops here, opting instead for a steady background beat and dreamy, space-age atmospheric sound. The song spans more than 10 minutes but is definitely worth a listen for fans of either artist.
The downtempo remix is somewhat of a departure stylistically for Flume and leaves questions about where he will go next in terms of remixing and original work. For now, we can enjoy this new take on a fresh classic and catch Flume and Arcade Fire while they're touring the U.S. this summer.