RÜFÜS DU SOL Release Official Remix of “On My Knees” by Cassian
Joining the heralded list of industry titans who have remixed previous singles off the Surrender LP, Cassian brings a newly energized environment to “On My Knees,” the impassioned single from RÜFÜS DU SOL. Cassian is a long-time collaborator, label-mate, and mix engineer of the livetronica trio, so it makes sense that he demonstrates the continued synergy between the two acts with his take on this track. Their shared musical history defies the limits of the studio or the stage, and this remix is a testament to Cassian’s coveted production prowess.
On the remix, Cassian comments,
I heard the first demo of ‘On My Knees’ towards the end of 2020. It had a wildness & darkness that I loved immediately. It wasn’t until about a year later that I’d finished mixing it along with the rest of Surrender. Once the album was finished I knew I wanted to remix ‘On My Knees’ and started playing around with the stems with the intention of having a remix ready to play at Sundream in March. Fast forward to the end of February and I hadn’t worked on the remix at all. Amongst the madness of preparing for my DJ & live sets I somehow managed to put the remix together. One comment I’d gotten from a few friends about the mix on the original was how much they loved the low end. For the remix I really just wanted to take the subs to the next level & arrange it in a way that would work in a DJ set while keeping as many elements from the original as possible. Playing it for the first time at Sundream was a surreal moment and the reaction from the crowd cemented the direction I had taken with the remix. I purely made it to be something special & unique to play during my DJ sets so for it to be getting an official release feels amazing.
Based in Los Angeles, Cassian has spent the past 10 years cementing his name as one of the most versatile acts to emerge from Sydney’s electronic scene. RÜFÜS DU SOL and Cassian’s relationship stems back to the early days of both their careers; Cassian, a talented mix engineer, has mixed three of their critically acclaimed albums: Bloom, Solace, and Surrender. In doing so, he earned multiple ARIA awards and Grammy nominations, and joined the band in winning the Grammy for Best Electronic/Dance Recording this year for single, “Alive.”
Through this, Cassian has also earned notoriety within the dance music industry for his ability to transcend genres and create enviable soundscapes. His debut LAPS LP (2020) and subsequent REACTIVATE EP were both released on Rose Ave Records, and he has since joined forces with countless tastemakers like Bronson, Meduza, Lastlings, Vintage Culture, Sonny Fodera, Yotto and more.
Elevating the emotional nature of the original “On My Knees,” Cassian crafts a more frenzied soundscape in his remix with a quickened tempo. Selective vocal samples dart amongst the faster staccato beats, leaning into the dark house melodies that Cassian is often known for. Areas of subtle calmness can be felt throughout the track when the mix takes a turn into lighter production. Generous build-ups collapse into the original primary bassline, but with sampled embellishments and a greater house presence in the valley that follows. Cassian manages to dissect the emotional charge and composition of the original track into a remix that brings listeners further into the house realm of electronica, all while maintaining the fervor behind “On My Knees.”
Cassian’s remix of “On My Knees” lands as RÜFÜS DU SOL continues their tour of Brazil and Argentina before heading out on tour in North America, and while Cassian is in the midst of touring the US with fellow Aussie export Hayden James.