When one thinks of Russian American singer Nika Danilova, a.k.a. Zola Jesus, remixes don't often come to mind. Her voice is commanding, her tone is generally serious, and her accompanying production fits comfortably - all in all it doesn't leave much room for someone else's reinvention. Even more difficult would be to take Danilova's music and make it fun and party-oriented. That's exactly what Diplo did, though, reworking "Go (Blank Sea)," Zola Jesus's second single off her new album, Taiga.
One of the possible reasons this remix works so well is that the original "Go (Blank Sea)" is not Zola Jesus's best work. The track's production is lacking and Danilova's vocal performance isn't strong enough to make up for it. Diplo rearranges some things and adds a couple future bass drops, creating a nice back-and-forth between them and her voice. It's an odd pairing, but Diplo and Zola Jesus actually complement each other nicely.
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"Go (Blank Sea)" (Diplo remix)
- 'Taiga' out now