Chicago born, Los Angeles based electro pop star Whethan has finally given us the full remix album from his debut 2020 album “Fantasy”. Fantasy is an album packed full of features from the broad likes of Grouplove and The Front Bottoms to electronic acts like Chrome Sparks and RL Grime. The album served as an amazing synthesis between indie rock and pop features with Whethan’s creative sound design and dance floor ready production style. After a steady climb to stardom, Ethan Snorek gave us a culmination of his creative journey with “Fantasy” last year and flexed a lot of his adaptability and skill in creating bullet proof pop songs.
Now we are treated a year later to the follow up remix album to “Fantasy” featuring a slew of both EDM’s rising stars and household names alike. With already releasing remixes from Flux Pavilion, Biicla, Tchami, and others, we get a decent chunk of new tracks featuring a new NGHMTRE remix of “So Good (feat. bülow). The NGHTMRE remix in particular is a massive melodic dubstep revision of Whethan’s original track. Featuring soaring arpeggiators and a beautifully detailed drop filled with lush harmonies, NGHTMRE’s version definitely ups the intensity on an originally tame track. Also featured in the album is rising bass music star Hekler who takes “Drumdown Mambo (feat. Jasiah)” on a bass filled melodic trap ride with his remix. Jasiah’s aggressive vocal performances compliments a lot of Hekler’s booming drum sounds on this track while still retaining a lot of the thick, pop inspired synths found from the original song.
Released as one of the first singles from “Fantasy: Remixed”, Tchami’s version of “Freefall (feat. Oliver Tree)” is an exceptionally standout tech anthem touched with Tchami’s signature house sound. Featuring anthemic piano in the buildups over Oliver Tree’s strained vocals, the track captures a lot of feel good, summer house anthem feelings that Tchami is so adept at along with Tree’s extremely recognizably unique vocal range. The remix is another great example of synthesis in genres, with a lot of Whethan’s original ideas taken in a more dance-centric direction. Another standout track comes from New York based producer MEMBA’s remix of the same track “Feefall”. This version comes with a layered drop of wonky future bass synths that float in between flourishes of Tree’s vocals. MEMBA’s subtle touches of melody in between the drop sections of rhythm are a distinctive element to this track and add a lot of dynamics to this future bass rendition.
After a teasing of these remixes for most of this year, the full “Fantasy: Remixed” is a diverse collection of reimagined electro pop songs from a well represented group of artists. Whether it be house versions from the likes of Tchami or JINXSPRO, to the more bass-centric artists like NGHTMRE and Hekler, all these remixes are great examples of some big EDM names’ takes on Whethan’s pop songwriting.