D-Felic Refix of Alice Russell and Darondo's Breakdown

Dutch producer/DJ/musician D-Felic loves him some Alice Russell. And he loves him some Mad Men, too.

So when Tru Thoughts fast-tracked the release of “Breakdown,” Russell’s alternate take of “Let Go” that caught interweb fire as the soundtrack to Mad Men’s Season 7 trailer, the soul- and funk-loving producer from The Hague couldn’t resist putting his own spin on the acapella.

“Let Go,” which appeared on Russell’s celebrated 2013 album To Dust, is a guitar and drum-driven track with just her on the vocals. The version popularized by Mad Men, however, features the late, great Darondo (R.I.P.) of “Didn’t I” fame joining her in an organ-drenched, booming soul track anchored with thick, funk-filled bass.

D-Felic takes the song uptempo, grounding it with a solid 4×4 house beat and adding lighter keyboard sounds and crisp percussive complements. But don’t get it twisted, the bass is still there in a bouncing bassline groove that shows off the essence of D-Felic’s electronic soul style.

The re-imagined beat gives Alice Russell and Darondo’s vocals a chance to float higher over the track, freeing them from the heavy, earnest grit of the original, while maintaining all of the song’s soulful glory. Together, the shuffling percussion, the house groove and the airy soul create a refreshing new feel and a dancefloor-ready vibe.

You can check out D-Felic’s Refix of Alice Russell and Darondo’s “Breakdown” here.

The Mad Men version of “Breakdown” is available now for purchase from Tru Thoughts via iTunes and Amazon as an EP that includes instrumentals, acapellas and last year’s album version.

D-Felic has other noteworthy refixes, including flips of Mark de Clive-Lowe, José James and, most recently, a rework of Pharrell and Miley’s “Come Get it Bae”.

For more on D-Felic, check out this Impulse Travels radio interview from last year discussing his music, his love of vintage instruments, his obsession with NBA basketball and his admiration for his mentor, Detroit funk and soul legend Amp Fiddler.


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