Laurel Halo’s remix work over the last year has been fairly remarkable, and she’s now turned her gaze on Mercury nominee Lianne La Havas.
Halo’s take on Planningtorock’s ‘Living It Out’ still sounds as elegant and elegiac as ever, and her fabulously strange version of Kuedo’s ‘Work, Live & Sleep In Collapsing Space’ is up there with the best reworks of the year. Gorilla vs. Bear are now hosting her remix of La Havas’ ‘Forget’, and, as expected, it’s thoughtful, sensuous and absolutely great.
La Havas frequently gets pegged as a soul revivalist, but ‘Forget’ – a rollicking bit of peppy broken-beat – shows the singer has plenty to say on her own terms. Halo’s radical re-reading imagines the track as an acid banger c.1987, characterised by soporiferous synths, a squirming acid leitmotif and a percussion bank cribbed from Pearson Sound.
The site also suggests in passing that Halo has a new Hyperdub release in the works, titled Sunlight On The Faded. More details to follow as and when we have them.