Jacques Greene Phantom Vibrate Remixes LuckyMe

Moody as it may be, Jacques Greene‘s “No Excuses” is no achy heartbreaker of a near-crossover single — the intimate, plaintive vocal refrain instead strikes the emotional target-equivalent of anxious first love, when thrills come easily and abundantly, and oftentimes in cramped backseats. The phantom vibrations of your inert cellphone more indicative of anticipation than of loss; at this point in the relationship, there’s really no excuse for him or her not to call.

Phantom Vibrate, released at the end of April, is Greene’s latest well-received EP for LuckyMe, and this week its standout tracks “No Excuse” and “Night Tracking” get flipped for quick remix sessions on a sister release. For the Phantom Vibrate – Remixes, Greene challenges Primary Colours label owner Kit Grill, teen Swede Yung Gud, Holland’s Area Forty One, and remix vet Fort Romeau to make a couple of great songs better.

Ghostly‘s Fort Romeau disposes of the macho, swung foot drill formations of Greene’s original mix in favor of a well-practiced, roomier house groove, filling the production out with bungee bass and plentiful syncopation for the dancers just in time for summer. The track plays exactly how a remix should, replacing whatever vibrancy the original possessed with trade tricks intended to produce maximum hands-in-the-air impact.

If Fort Romeau’s remix brought the tender affections of the bedroom onto the dancefloor of the Big Room, Yung Gud’s version removes the love completely and drives us straight to Cartier on Rodeo: melodic ragas like a pink gold bracelet’s inward-curving bevels meeting the next curblink, quick pitch drops gathering like dispersions of crisp light condensed on the point cuts of tiny rotating diamonds, bass as smooth as a saddle-stitched handbag. Gud takes Greene’s vocal hook and stretches it into a sheer lamina of synthetic dysphonia, a seductive whisper from a lover over the rumbling turbines of a red eye flight from LA to Dubai.

Stream Fort Romeau and Yung Gud’s remixes here and cop the Phantom Vibrate Remixes copm over at iTunes.

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