Elysia Crampton's Dan Bodan Remix Is Soft as Rain

The boundary-pushing producer's flip of an underrated DFA songwriter is beautifully subdued.
February 7, 2017, 3:52pm
Photo courtesy of Break World Records

In addition to the itchy, overwhelming compositions that Elysia Crampton has made on her proper records, she's also spent some time over the past few years as one of the most adept remixers of pop music. The boundary-pushing producer has turned songs like Justin Bieber's "As Long as You Love Me," Drake's "I Get Lonely Too," or virtually every Kelela track into complex, dramatic movements of swooning strings and shuddering polyrhythms. Today, she's turned her attention to one of pop music's most under-appreciated records of the last half decade, her friend Dan Bodan's DFA full-length Soft.

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Crampton posted on SoundCloud that her remix of "A Soft Opening" was completed a few years ago, but it feels in line with the swooning edits and demos she uploads on a pretty much weekly basis. A simple acoustic guitar figure seeps in between the gravel-crunch of a few percussion parts, the stillness punctuated occasionally by distant gunshots. Bodan's already ghostly vocal is pitched up, then buried in the mix, haunting the otherwise regal proceedings. It's tense stuff, but overflowing with emotion, like the best of her work and the best of Bodan's. Listen here or over at her SoundCloud.

In addition to the itchy, overwhelming compositions that Elysia Crampton has made on her proper records, she's also spent some time over the past few years as one of the most adept remixers of pop music. The boundary-pushing producer has turned songs like Justin Bieber's "As Long as You Love Me," Drake's "I Get Lonely Too," or virtually every Kelela track into complex, dramatic movements of swooning strings and shuddering polyrhythms. Today, she's turned her attention to one of pop music's most under-appreciated records of the last half decade, her friend Dan Bodan's DFA full-length Soft.

Crampton posted on SoundCloud that her remix of "A Soft Opening" was completed a few years ago, but it feels in line with the swooning edits and demos she uploads on a pretty much weekly basis. A simple acoustic guitar figure seeps in between the gravel-crunch of a few percussion parts, the stillness punctuated occasionally by distant gunshots. Bodan's already ghostly vocal is pitched up, then buried in the mix, haunting the otherwise regal proceedings. It's tense stuff, but overflowing with emotion, like the best of her work and the best of Bodan's. Listen here or over at her SoundCloud.