PREMIERE: Zhu ‘Faded’ (KLP Cover)
Sydney singer/song writer KLP has taken on ZHU‘s track ‘Faded’ which has swamped the music scene since its release, seeing over 3.3 million SoundCloud plays.
The multi-talented and equally ambitious artist has proved herself as not only a singer and song writer, but a DJ, Producer and radio host who has just come off the back of a string of successful collaborations with names like ZIMMER, CRAYON, and WHAT SO NOT.
Although the well received original version of ‘Faded’ exudes dark, grimy house influenced vibes, KLP has stripped it back to rework the track from a completely different angle that puts a strong emphasis on her sweet, breathy vocals rather than the distinct deep beat of ZHU‘s version. The intoxicated, underground vibe of the original track is what gives it so much intrigue and sex appeal (could also have something to do with that film clip, maybe..) but KLP has removed that element of urgency and replaced it with a smooth, slowed down rendition that is more relaxed and brimming with composure.
While the thumping neurosis of the original beat matched with those haunting repeated vocals which become swallowed up the drop, dragging the listener into a feeling of substance-induced chaos is incredibly hard to match, KLP has respectfully delivered her rework in a way that feels like more of a tribute than anything. Her talent as not only a vocalist but a producer is present within this track as layered melodies and ambient sounds float beneath her vocals resulting in a clean, easy going production. The stark differences between these two tracks makes them hard to compare, but allows them to be looked at as two completely separate pieces that aren’t competing for attention, but are celebrated for their diversities.
Since returning from SXSW, KLP has been busy with aforementioned collaborations and preparing for her sophomore EP due for release later in the year. This sultry songstress appears to be on a rampant path to widespread success, and we sure as hell won’t be getting in her way.
Words By Adriana Barro