UK synthpop artist Chad Valley (also known as Hugo Manuel) just released his first full-length record, Young Hunger, and is touring the US and bumping out those good dancy vibes, but that hasn't stopped him from releasing two new remixes. The first comes from Depeche Mode founding member and 1/2 of the duod Erasure, Vincent Clarke, who has taken the song “Up and Down” to a high-powered sweetness that might remind you of the early days of club disco. The vocals are echoey and earnest; the Clarke remix reminds us that Chad Valley is truly a diva of dance songcraft.
The second remix is by Canadian producer Bwana, this time of the track “I Owe You This”, a decidely more haunted remix with sparser elements, some percussive taps and clicks, and a buildup that is present in the Valley song, but more indeterminate here. The listener wonders where things are going as every bar passes with another element added—a keyed blip, a vocal tone, a hi-hat. The uprising present in this remix is very well-paced and a definite reward.
The Vincent Clarke is available to stream below (via Clash).
Chad Valley is on tour now at these places:
17 Montreal, QC – Il Motore w/ Ghost Beach
18 Toronto, ON – The Drake w/ Ghost Beach
19 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom w/ Ghost Beach
20 Columbus, OH – Double Happiness w/ Ghost Beach
21 Chicago, IL – Schubas w/ Ghost Beach
22 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon w/ Ghost Beach
23 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry w/ Ghost Beach
26 Seattle, WA – Barboza w/ Ski Lodge
27 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge w/ Ski Lodge
29 San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill w/ Ski Lodge
30 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo w/ Ski Lodge
01 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar w/ Ski Lodge
02 Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room w/ Ski Lodge
04 El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace w/ Ski Lodge
06 Dallas, TX – Three Links w/ Ski Lodge
07 Austin, TX – Holy Mountain w/ Ski Lodge
08 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald's w/ Ski Lodge