Avicii’s posthumous Timproject has received remix work from Laidback Luke, Tiësto, and now, David Guetta and MORTEN have taken on a rework of the popular antithetic “Heaven,” featuring Coldplay’s Chris Martin. While keeping the memorable melodic structure in place, the edit plays with the arrangement, curating a harder-hitting electro house EDM build with a sharper kick after the drop for a bigger festival feel. The remix debuted at Ultra Music Festival this year.
This was obviously a special remix for Guetta, as the two worked closely together in the past, collaborating on the instantly recognizable “Sunshine” melody and sharing many of the biggest stages in the world. The French DJ expressed his gratitude to Avicii’s family and on the idea of a remix for his friend.
The history of Avicii’s “Heaven” has been extensively documented from the moment it surfaced in his DJ performances throughout 2015. Briefly before his passing, the late producer made the ultimate decision after working on numerous versions of the single that he would use the Chris Martin-featured version for its official release. Just weeks preceding the late producer’s posthumous LP ‘TIM’, it was revealed that “Heaven” would be featured as part of the album, which was fully available on June 6.
In a behind the scenes video for “Heaven”, never-before-viewed footage depicted intimate studio sessions in 2014 between Avicii and Martin, where they worked on Coldplay material including “A Sky Full Of Stars“. Filmmaker Levan Tsikurishvili, who previously worked alongside Avicii on a handful of video productions since 2013, helped create an official honorary video for one of the album’s most notorious offerings within a few weeks of its release. The five minute video includes unreleased footage from Avicii’s 2017 documentary ‘True Stories’, that meticulously followed the producer’s struggles during touring life.
“Tim and Chris Martin wrote and recorded “Heaven” in 2014, with Tim producing the final version in 2016. About the tribute video: My name is Levan Tsikurishvili and I have been working with Tim since about 2013. During these years, we made 8 music videos, 3 concert movies and 2 documentaries together. In 2016, right after his last show, Tim, Tim’s childhood friend Awat, and I spent 19 beautiful days in Madagascar, ll Saint Marie. We spoke about everything, laughed, played monopoly, hung out with lemurs, and explored the entire island together. Now, two-and-a-half years later, I returned to the island to remember Tim, to honor his legacy, and to recreate the memories that will stay with us forever.
Note: This video is a collection of my smartphone videos plus some parts of unused material from the documentary Avicii: True Stories and newly shot footage. I also did some 3D animations in order to recreate the moments that I did not have any video material from.”
Soon after his passing earlier this year, a rough version of Avicii‘s joint track with Coldplay, “Heaven” managed to surface unfinished. Now, longtime Avicii collaborator, Carl Falk, who worked on the 2015 Stories album, has revealed in a social media post that he is finishing not only “Heaven,” but songs, plural: a strong indication there is likely a full-length, post-humous Avicii project underway.
The previously-shared “Heaven” demo featured Coldplay’s Chris Martin on lead vocals. Judging by Falk’s Instagram post, the final version will, as well. The rough cut, with its rippling, mounting melody and halcyon lyrics are wonderfully emblematic of Avicii’s signature sound. One can’t help but feel Avicii’s spirit alive and speaking through the track’s lyrics, “And I think I just died and went to heaven.”
French house producers The Blaze have returned with a theatrical music video and an innovative approach to production no less entrancing than a Steven Spielberg feature-film.
The video captures — in mesmerizing fashion — kinship and the innate wonder of existing in nature. Complete with sweeping landscape shots and breath taking aerials, the track’s expansivity matches the video to perfection.