Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Could this be Robin Schulz's third number one this year?

You might not realise it, but Robin Schulz has been all over your radio this summer.

Prayer In C. That was him. Originally a pretty-but-drab lament by French folk duo Lily Wood and the Prick, Schulz threw out the panflutes, ratcheted up the BPM and turned it into a dancefloor smash.

Compare the two versions here:

Lily Wood & The Prick - Prayer In C (original)

Lily Wood & The Prick - Prayer In C (Robin Schulz remix)

Waves. That was him, too. Again, Mr Probz's original version was a great song at completely the wrong tempo. But, with a wave of his glittery wand, Schulz made it palatable to anyone who wasn't in the grips of a crushing personal tragedy.

Here's the side-by-side again:

Mr Probz - Waves (original)

Mr Probz - Waves (Robin Schulz remix)

Both of those remixes hit number one in the UK, begging the question "could he do the same with his own material?" Well, here's the point where we find out, with a new single, called Sun Goes Down. This time, it's an original, with vocals from US R&B star Jasmine Sullivan. It lacks the hooky guitar licks of the previous two singles, but still has a pleasing end-of-summer comedown vibe.

I'm not convinced it's a future chart topper (I'm pretty sure we called a moratorium on the saxophone after Crazy Stupid Love) but as a middle-of-the-mixtape chill out track, it's pleasingly memorable.

Sun Goes Down is taken from Schulz's debut album, Prayer, which also features remixes of Clean Bandit's Rather Be, Coldplay's Sky Full of Stars and Lykke Li's No Rest For The Wicked -- the latter of which is pretty special (you can hear it at the end of this mixtape). It's out in the UK on 13 October for the bargain price of six pounds. Here's the pre-order link.

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