ZHU has an uncanny talent for invigorating tracks with his own unique sound stamp. The Columbia Records signee has now turned his sights towards CamelPhat & Elderbrook‘s summer 2017 hit “Cola,” named the hottest record in the world by BBC Radio 1 upon its release on Defected Records.
ZHU brings on his own unique flare while doing well to churn out a lightly touched reboot that centers around elevating and equalizing Elderbrook’s crystalline voice. Layered with his signature dark sound design and lush, saturated beats, ZHU’s take on “Cola” is an exquisitely sophisticated firecracker.
Deservedly nominated for a Grammy and named Beatport‘s No. 1 track of the year, it’s for certain the number is a telling testament to the changing tides of dance music. “Cola” is appeasingly emotive in its nature, but it’s a sensible production that appeals to clubbers and introspects alike, an ever-rising phenomenon in contemporary club culture in itself.
German producer Robin Schulz is the latest musical maven to be tapped for a rework of the anthem. After his rise to commercial success with edits like “Prayer In C” and “Waves,” it only makes sense he would take on this momentous work.
Schulz puts an expectedly enlivened spin on “Cola.” He dissects the original’s minimal production and introduces what seems like a mere tech house commencement, but eventually builds to a contrasting big-room deliverance. Most notably, Schulz’ contradting rework manages to maintain the original’s affective affluence with an ascension in the dance reigns.
With heavenly vocals and an infectious bounce, Amtrac has given a warm treatment to UK producer Elderbrook‘s recently released “Difficult To Love.” While this marks the two house producers’ first time working together, their sounds compliment each other in perfect harmony.
Amtrac lets the feather-light vocals on the original version shine as they float over sweeping melodies. His rework is part of a four track remix package, including versions from Mr. H, Nu Aspect and Monsoon Moon, who all take their personal spin on Elderbrook’s latest single.
UK duo Gorgon City have been steadily rising from the UK underground for the past couple of years. Arguably, 2016 has been the group’s most successful year yet. As part of their Kingdom project, Matt Robson and Kye Gibbon have released their seventh single in the last six months, titled “Smile,” which features vocals from upcoming UK talent Elderbrook.
A follow-up to a slew of tracks including “All Four Walls,” “Blue Parrot,” “Impaired Vision,” and their recent collaboration with Wyclef Jean “Zoom Zoom,” “Smile” further solidifies Gorgon City as masters of pop-driven house. The duo dropped the single on Virgin shortly before their UK tour is set to in mid-October.
At just twenty-two years old, multi-talented Elderbrook has already made a name for himself in the electronic music scene. His first EPs, Simmer Down and Travel Slow, both ended up with a #1 slot on HypeMachine. Moreover, his latest track, “Closer,” garnered the support of the likes of Annie Mac, Pete Tong, and Danny Howard of BBC Radio 1.
In addition to releasing the original track, Gorgon City and Elderbrook have shared a recently recorded acoustic version of the single. While the original track features soft chords and a bass-laden beat that carry Elderbrook’s soulful vocals to meet a pithy, synth-filled drop, the acoustic version further highlights Elderbrook’s mesmerizing voice and the song’s infectious drum rhythm.