Have You Heard? St Vincent - New York (Kelly Lee Owens remix)

St Vincent - New York (Kelly Lee Owens remix)

Originally emerging as a heartbreak song to wallow with, the producer turns it into one that can also help dance and sweat the pain away.

A remix can often enhance a particular track’s underappreciated facet, or enhance an already euphoric dancefloor-mingler even further. It’s rare, though, that a new mix of a track can completely flip the shape and feeling of the song, making it a completely different beast.

St Vincent’s ‘New York’ is drowned in heartbreak; its lyrics eek with sorrow. Enter Kelly Lee Owens, then, to catapult it towards the club. Slinky, squelchy synths - almost the exact sonic equivalent of the single’s garish artwork - sit below chopped and changed lines from Annie Clark’s original verses, and the words slowly but surely begin to take on a new meaning.

While ‘New York’ originally emerged a heartbreak song to wallow with; now, via a helping hand from Kelly Lee Owens, it can be one to help dance and sweat the pain away.

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