Tomas Barfod // Till We Die [Get Physical Music]
Get Physical have been on an immense run of form this year, with Tomas Barfod’s new release now in the stereo at SHA, can it deliver?
The Original, lifted from the Salton Sea album certainly goes for quirky. Lots of charming, nursery-eque melodies matching the innocence of the stunning vocal by Nina Kinert. Supporting this there is xylophone, glockenspiel and raw acoustic kicks before the main drop which is driven by woodblocks.
It’s nice to hear the track then segueing with some cool, yet restrained electric drums which lift and carry things well. The songwriting is top-notch, the delivery flawless and the charming production make this a joy to listen to.
The LOPAZZ vs. Forever Jung Remix doesn’t quite work for me, despite having lots of lovely elements. The results seem a little jumbled under the multitude of layers and I find myself a little lost whilst looking to enjoy it.
The Andycap remix however strips things back with a breakish led beat and some scrumptious vibrating synth-pads which sit perfectly with the vocal. The arrangement of the mix is also excellent, utilising little snippets of the original well, which ghost in and out the mix. The arps and glockenspiel are filtered well and sit relaxed in the mix allowing the vocal to truly stand-out – lovely.
Blond:ish then step up with a hugely confident mix which is seamless and stunning. The sound is delicious from the floor to the ceiling and the hairs on my arms are raised as this beauty purrs out of my monitors. The rich, rolling feel with the round and powerful bass and the fx and pads creating the atmosphere is a joy.
Add into this a vocal, already fabulous in its other guises, and we now have a shamelessly uplifting smash on our hands. The whole mix sounds effortless, despite a host of cool production techniques in here – from the twisting melody of the synths to the progression of the percussion at all the right times. A fabulous break finishes thing off sweetly too.
A great EP and quite wonderful mix from Blondish – ace!
Release Date: Out Now
Words: Mike 13