2013 was a massive year for a heap of budding Australian artists, but arguably none more so than Sydney synth-pop producer ELIZABETH ROSE.
Whether it was her weighty pop vocals being featured on that FLIGHT FACILITIES single ‘I Didn’t Believe’ or the incredible production behind her hits ‘The Good Life’ and and more recently ‘Sensibility’, E-ROSE displayed a perfect combination of raw vocal talent and an ability to create flawless productions.
So in that sense it’s really little wonder that she gathered a massive amount of attention from Triple J and FBi in Sydney, part of which included picking up two nominations for the ‘Next Big Thing’ and The Good Life for ‘Song of the Year’ categories at FBi’s SMAC Awards. Recently she attracted the attention of upcoming house producer from the States OPTION4, who remixed Rose’s hit ‘The Good Life’ to a massive reception.
OPTION4 has carefully built this remix by stripping back the production on the original track to highlight ROSE‘s stunning voice, whilst showing his own production capabilities by creating a killer bass and synth beat that really drives the tune. Known as Brennen Bryarly, he delivers a spectrum of subtly varied beats throughout – ranging from classic house beats to deep house with dub influences, showcasing his ability as an emerging producer.
What stands out in my mind is an almost haunting piano riff – reminiscent of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells – that’s layered against Rose’s vocals to create something truly different. For me, its simplicity and daringness is something to be loved.
There’s a lot to love about this remix, whether it’s OPTION4‘s versatile and emerging talent as a producer and beatmaker, or ELIZABETH ROSE‘s catchy vocals, this is a big track for both of these artists – for very different reasons.
Words by Edmund Kirkwood