Litche reaches new levels as he releases a brooding remix of Woodes’ ‘Rise’
Alt-angel and earthy wild child WOODES dazzled our senses with her inaugural, self-titled EP that dropped just last year. It was filled with percussive goodness and sprinkles – that quickly turned to showers- of delicately layered instrumentals, giving her major browning points from not just us here at Purple Sneakers but anyone with a decent taste in music. Her opening single ‘Rise’ was quickly put on our radar, and for good reason, as it became a perfected example of her wondrous sense of artistry.
If you’re like us and fell (hard) into her entrancing soundscapes then you’re going to love what Newcastle producer/legend LITCHE’s aka Sam Litchfield, has created with his freshly created re-work of ‘Rise’. Finding time between sporting the other half of the brains to electronic-pop duo LUUNES, Litche has just become a name we won’t soon forget as his solo remix has us filled with delight.
You know that desire to rewind time and read your favourite book all over again, to once more appreciate the surprises and dialogue of your favourite characters? Well, that’s exactly what Litche has created for all you Woodes fans; a synth filled, percussive time machine that allows you to appreciate ‘Rise’ all over again but with some added zest from the Newcastle producer, kind of like your favourite character gaining a cool new BFF.
Yes it may be a play on words, but Woodes‘ floating vocals and airy production literally could not be more compatible (or more of a BFF) to Litche‘s electronic infusion. Being careful not to stray or disturb the gentle nature of Woodes‘ production, Litchfield embellishes her vocals with slight pauses that are filled with waves of dark, ominous echoes. He gives the track a layered sense of mystery with the unexpected placement of synths. It’s kind of like something you’d find in a bed time story; super engaging with its twists and turns but ever so gently drifts you off to another world.
This world he created came together relatively easy as he pieced together a final product within days, evidently because of his emotional understanding of Woodes‘ creation, “Being the first remix I had ever done meant I put a lot of pressure on myself, and I ended up second guessing it for months. But, I felt a lot of emotion in the lyrics and general vibe which really helped me know exactly which direction I would take with the remix,” he said.
It was the pair’s understanding of each other’s musical direction that confirmed Woodes‘ need (and want) for Litche‘s electronic input and it turned out to be one heck of a remix. You could say Litche‘s is on the ‘Rise’ but with this release we reckon he’s already there. Mellow out and take a listen.
Words by NATALIE TURNER