New York singer-songwriter Julietta released her debut album, Smooth Sailing, last year and now she's announced the impending arrival of a remix collection — 10 artists remixing various tracks from the album. In recent weeks she's unveiled remixes from Penguin Prison and Smallpools, and now it's the turn of LA indie pop auteur Madge to reimagine "Hard Love".
The original, which fittingly enough, Madge was also involved in the creation of, was a gentle, summery piece of indie pop, dripping in dreamy melodies. For the remix, Madge leans into the '80s influences hard, plunging the track into the days of John Hughes and Tears For Fears with deep passionate synths and just a hint of club-ready energy.
Speaking with Complex via email, Julietta told us: "You can always expect to hear something highly original and beautifully fresh from Madge. From a song that she originally produced with Stray Echo, she was able to turn the table upside down and give it a new feel with a new set of glitter and grit. I feel like it's hard to recreate something in a different vein when you helped create the original, but Madge killed it!"
Madge added: "Working on the original version of 'Hard Love' made working on the remix even more fun. Julietta gets me and when she said I could go crazy I did my fucking THING. This remix is a pretty clear cross section of my brain on music."
Smooth Sailing (Remixed) is out July 24 via +1 Records.