Jessie Ware Tough Love Cyril Hahn Remix

We love Jessie Ware; her voice is the embodiment of the future. Feminine but not fragile, softened without sacrificing strength, she is a model of modernity in contemporary songwriting.

Tough Love,” a fearlessly melodic teaser of new work since 2012’s Devotion album, arrived this summer, seducing listeners with its lofty upper-register siren call taunting a broken man, dismissive and apologetic in equal measure. In tandem with her engineer, each whispered lyric cleanly cleaved a perfect line across the surface tension of the gorgeously minimal instrumental like a featherlight fishing line sinking effortlessly into a still lake, anchored by its weighted lure.

Issued this week is a seemingly sturdy club mix overseen by Vancouver’s Cyril Hahn, who replaces the original’s tasteful, vaguely 80’s decor with affordable furnishings direct from your local Target store; all shiny veneers pasted over particle board. Unfussy and functional, it simply gets the job done with a steady pulse and electro-interpretations of BenZel’s original production.

What we love about it is the way Jessie’s narrator is transformed by the accelerated space, rushing towards a resolution instead of suspended in an uncertain limbo.

Stream Cyril Hahn’s remix of Jessie Ware’s “Tough Love” here and pre-order the single on iTunes, out August 3.


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