That Zedd gravitates towards vocal centric song constructions is hardly a secret—listeners can look of late to the producer’s collaboration with Maren Morris and Grey, “The Middle,” or can alternatively trace back to 2012’s “Clarity” with Foxes.
Zedd released his second studio album, True Colors, back in 2015, an offering that concluded with the Echosmith assisted number, “Illusion.” A formidable closing track to the 11-song offering, “Illusion” centered lead singer Sydney Sierota’s vocals in a lush and intricately arranged bed of piano driven synth work.
Now, the album standout gets a rework from Marcus Schossow and Years, who collectively amplify the cinematic quality of the original with their addition of atmospheric tones at the song’s onset, and festival progressive synths that climactically build just before each drop.
Shortly after releasing a soulful new rendition of “I Wanna Know” with Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai, Alesso has introduced another remake to his catalogue. Once again tapping into Asia’s burgeoning electronic music market, the Swedish producer has teamed up with Chen, the lead singer of South Korean K-Pop group EXO. Alesso’s newest transcontinental partnership has materialized in a new rendition of his hit “Years,” which was released on SM Entertainment’s EDM label, ScreaM Records, on October 7.
Alesso and Chen’s collaboration does Matthew Koma’s original version of “Years” justice as the South Korean’s vocals glide perfectly over the song’s gentle chord progressions. Moreover, Chen’s soft, yet powerful voice fits well with the intense emotionality of the track. As the lyrics seamlessly vacillate between English and Korean, this new take on “Years” is another example of Asia’s growing influence on dance music.