Toronto duo, Bad Channels, have a penchant for moody electronic production. Their reverb-laced instrumentation is almost cinematic, and it makes for some of the city's most hypnotic vibes. This rich sound is present in their most recent release, Tears From The 6, which you can hear for yourself on the group's SoundCloud page. After a small break, the pair are now linking up with indie pop connoisseurs, DIANA, for a brooding remix of "Slipping Away". The track pulls from both parties' unique sound, mixing cold synths with staccato drum patterns.
Speaking with Complex CA via email, Bad Channels' own Nick Grottick, says that the remix was inspired by a particular 80s production team. "The remix was made as an homage to Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis; specifically their work with Human League and Janet Jackson. We tried to limit ourselves to software versions of things they would have used, like the Korg Wavestation and the E-Mu SP 1200. In an odd coincidence, DIANA themselves were going for something similar on 'Confession' and actually got Jimmy Jam's attention on Twitter, so hopefully he hears this too".
As to how the new mix came about, DIANA's Joseph Shabason, says that it was a natural collaboration. "We've known Nick from Bad Channels for a while as he did a remix of 'Born Again' from our first record that we were impressed by, so when he approached us about remixing 'Slipping Away' we were really excited to see what he would come up with and he definitely didn't disappoint. He has such interesting sensibilities and a great ear for arrangement, and his remix is a wonderfully patient and melodic reimagining of the song".
You can listen to the premiere of Bad Channels' "Slipping Away" remix below, via SoundCloud.