EasyFun injects pure pop intensity into Janet Jackson’s ‘No Sleep’
May was PC Music’s Month of Mayhem. To those who have not had it bipp onto their radar, well – it’s a weird and wonderful month of (somewhat) daily releases by the English label PC Music that produces the uncanny valley of pop. It’s kind of like pop music, but it’s not really pop music – it’s like seeing a wax figurine of a celebrity you’re fond of. There is an element of disgust in the familiarity of it yet the abject knowledge that it is not that thing. It’s manipulating that exact feeling that is the highlight of all music released under PC Music as a label, and particularly one absolute shining star is the aptly named EASYFUN.
During this wonderful Month of Mayhem, easyFun dropped his remix of Janet Jackson’s ‘No Sleep’. If you don’t know the original, it may be helpful to go listen to it and give yourself a lil brush up. To be very straight up, poor Janet’s been chipmunk’d; her voice has been sped up and polished outside of the realm of human recognition but that’s part of the fun. It’s now high energy with a slick and infectious beat.
The entire remix is chock full of synths on synths. It’s euphoric, melodic and textured. The ‘drop’ is offbeat and sounds like part of the songs played backwards, topped off with chipmunk’d Janet’s ‘oooo’s’. The remix even fades out to only bring back a chorus of “Throw it up,” before launching into another unused verse of the original. The remix isn’t for the fainthearted, in all honesty. It’d probably annoy a bunch of people but if played at the surreal time of the morning where the buzzed are still going, it’d provide for a hell of a dance.
easyFun has been pumping out his gloriously happy music for a few years now, releasing a host of exuberant pop bliss gems like ‘Fanta’ and ‘Laplander’ with music videos featuring the wonderfully glossy animated easyFun airlines flying over tropical destinations. easyFun also, during the Month of Mayhem, released his own original called ‘Blink’ which while near an instrumental is still exciting. It’s always exciting with easyFun, it’s always like a genre you know – but not.