WE ARE THE BRAVE'S 'Sparrow (Culture Fires Remix)' Out Now
ydney's synth-pop duo We Are the Brave have shared "Sparrow (Culture Fires Remix)" from their Sparrow (The Remixes) EP out now on KID Recordings. Culture Fires is the alter-ego of globetrotting New York producer/songwriter/DJ Chris Manik who's gained international notoriety for his innovative expansive sound that spans multiple genres (from Electronica, House, Nu-Disco, Funk, Deep House, and Acid). His releases on influential labels like Black Butter, Anjunadeep, Ovum and Culprit, accolades from XLR8R, Mixmag, VIBE and DJ Mag, and heavy airplay on BBC Radio 1 and Rinse.FM have made him one of the hottest electronic artists to watch out for.
His remix of "Sparrow" takes you deeper into the sultry undercurrents of the song with an irresistible bass line, hypnotic synths and dreamy guitars that reinvents the infectious alt-pop original into a searing summertime anthem. Listen to the Culture Fires Remix on Vice's Thump, where it premiered, and here.
Sparrow (The Remixes) EP also includes a selection of reworks by Rich Morel, Nightriders, The Dualists and Gnome that embody the song's dynamic kaleidoscopic sound. It kicks off with an extended mix of the brooding title track that swells with sweeping synths and a melancholy saxophone (performed by multi-instrumentalist Mark Cisneros of Deathfix and Medications) before vocalist Jess Chalker's unmistakable voice cuts through with lyrics as seductive as they are cautionary. Renowned singer/songwriter, producer and DJ Rich Morel (of BLOWOFF/Deathfix fame) brings the instantly memorable vocal melody to the forefront and highlights it with a luminous rhythm that takes the track from midnight to daybreak. The Dualists'propulsive electro-tinged mix chops up Chalker's voice against a backdrop of bouncy bass and percussion and sparkling horns. Boston-based nu-disco outfit Nightriders reinvent "Sparrow" into a pulsating and emotive late night anthem that will tug at your heartstrings whether you're on the dance floor or listening on your headphones. London-based experimental dream-pop trioGnome bring out the tracks' darker edges with their pitched down mix laced with militaristic beats, plaintive guitars, heavily effected vocals and swirling textures that focus on the song's piercing lyric, "You can't tame an animal".
The band has also shared a free download of the exclusive "Sparrow (Alcala Remix)", not included on the commercial release. Alcala (whose done remixes for artists like M83, Givers and Crystal Castles) adds a seductive pulse that underscores the original's noir imagery.
Download it here!
We Are the Brave were formed in Sydney when singer-songwriter Jess Chalker began to collaborate with underground hip-hop producer Ox Why. The multi-instrumentalists found common ground in 70s soft rock, adventurous 80s pop, 90s sci-fi, trip-hop and contemporary alterna-pop and were inspired to create a modern sound that re-imagined their influences. Hailed as one of this year's most promising acts to emerge out of Australia's fertile indie scene, the duo gained international acclaim and domestic airplay with their self-produced and self-released debut EP Noctua and singles "All Good Things Must Come" and "Sparrow" (with its accompanying MTV Iggy and MTV Buzzworthy championed video directed by James Chappell). Watch it here!
We Are the Brave will release a new single later this spring. Stay tuned!
Sparrow (The Remixes) Tracklist