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Oliver Sim covers Romy and Fred again..’s ‘Strong’ with MUNA’s Katie Gavin, Låpsley, Marika Hackman, Casey MQ and Romy

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After sharing remixes already from the likes of Jamie xx, Wolfgang Tillmans and Midland, Oliver Sim is sharing Soulwax’s reinvention of ‘Sensitive Child’, lifted from Oliver’s debut album ‘Hideous Bastard’.

The remix follows Oliver releasing a live session for Radio 1 at Maida Vale, in which he performed a cover of fellow The xx band member Romy’s latest single ‘Strong’ with Fred again.., mixed with The Verve classic ‘Bittersweet Symphony’.

“My initial idea was I’m going to cover one of my favourite artists in the world, my number one diva, which is Romy and her new song ‘Strong’,” Oliver explains. “And then I gave it a go and I just couldn’t, it was so hard! I’ve realised that me and Romy have a home within The xx where we often sing in unison, but when we step out of that, when Romy really stretches her voice she goes one way, when I really stretch my voice I go the other way.

“I was driving round in my car, trying, trying, and I was listening to the radio and The Verve’s ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ came on and I ended up singing over it, singing over those incredible strings,” he continues. “What came of it ended up being a hybrid of Romy’s song with Fred again.. ‘Strong’ and The Verve’s ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ being backed up by my fantastic queer choir.”

Joined by MUNA’s Katie Gavin, Låpsley, Marika Hackman, Casey MQ and Romy herself for the cover, revisit the full session here.

Have a listen to Soulwax’s remix of ‘Sensitive Child’ below.

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