It’s been several months since everyone’s favorite UK indietronica/psychedelic pop band Glass Animals dropped their highly anticipated 2020 album of the summer, Dreamland. Leading up to the full album release, the band released a handful of singles, including “Heat Waves” which was an instant hit with fans and its meteoric rise in global support shows no signs of slowing down. The scorching, bass-heavy trip-hop track is a shoo-in for a classic summertime favorite and recently received a dynamic refreshed take thanks to lo-fi hip-hop artist iann dior.
iann dior was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Texas and found instant success with the first song he ever wrote. In early 2019, he signed a deal with Elliot Grainge’s 10K Projects and established himself as a lo-fi hip hop artist to watch with early songs like “cutthroat” and “emotions.” iann went on to release “gone girl” featuring fellow 10K Projects signee Trippie Redd, which provided a perfect lead up to his debut album Industry Plant. In mid-2020, iann dior featured on 24KGoldn’s “Mood,” and the single immediately began to climb the charts, becoming both 24KGoldn and iann dior’s first #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart.
The remake features the same catchy hook that we’ve come to know and love from “Heat Waves.” Its indie-pop sensibilities remain intact along with the sparkling original first verse. The second verse is replaced with smooth hip-hop-styled vocals by iann. His verse retains similar sentiments to the rest of the song and the emotive lyrics parallel the emotive tone. He also duets a closing hook, splashing a little bit of hip-hop into the psychedelic pop vibes. If you’re anything like me and have been listening to “Heat Waves” on a regular basis in the past few weeks since the weather’s gotten nicer, then I highly recommend you check out this fresh new spin!