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Allen Wish and Robbie Rivera Rework Rivera’s 2003 Classic Hit, “Girlfriend”

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Legendary house producer Robbie Rivera joins forces with LA-based DJ/producer Allen Wish to kick off 2021 with a new house edit of Rivera’s 2003 classic hit, “Girlfriend.” This new remix, out now via Ultra Records, is the first release of the year from both artists and provides the perfect dose of nostalgia in the new year.

“Girlfriend” was one of the most influential house tracks of the early 2000s and has continued to be re-produced over the past two decades, with a “Girlfriend 2008” spin and now a 2021 remake with Columbian-born producer Allen Wish. This new wave version features an up-tempo house edit while still paying homage to the original, keeping the vocals intact from beloved trace vocalist Justine Suissa.

As an artist who knows no bounds, Allen wish is quickly becoming one of the most sought after producers in dance music today. He has released music on labels including Total Freedom, Big Beat Records, Ultra Records, and many others and has produced remixes for industry heavyweights while also garnering over 2 million streams with his hit singles, “Setting Sun” and “Higher.” Robbie Rivera is a house legend who remains at the top of his game. He has released music on the world’s best labels, like Spinning’ Records, Armada, Juicy Music, and others and has collaborated or remixed several major acts spanning over many genres of music.

These two were both excited to collaborate on the rework of this nostalgic track. Wish mentions, “I’ve been a fan of Robbie’s career for a long time. The vocal already had that feeling of nostalgia deep down and I loved that, we just followed that feeling and added more depth to it.” Rivera adds, “I am very excited to bring back this beautiful song I produced when my hair was not white! New arrangement and synth sounds take the tune of the next level.”

Together, the two release an energetic big-room house track that pulls on the nostalgia of the early 2000’s while also bringing it into the new decade. The pulsing bassline is still inherently the same, but it’s much more smoothed out, which reflects the evolution of house music over the past two decades. The vocals receive a similar treatment, becoming more drawn out than before. It’s still an upbeat track, but much more explorative and reflective of the new era of house music. And it’s a track that will still get listeners bouncing to the beat and wishing they were out on a dance floor. Maybe some time this year, but for now, our home dance floors will have to do!

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