Florence & the Machine – Never Let Me Go (Clams Casino Remix)

Taking the bluster out of Florence's epics gives them a whole new lease of life, as another remix proves

There must be something about the songs of Florence & the Machine that brings out the best in remixers, especially ones whose aim is to recast Welch's sometimes blustery epics into something more minimal. Shake It Out, the first single from her second album Ceremonials, was transformed into a creeping, darkly melancholic slice of goth-pop by the Weeknd and now it's the turn of similarly hyped producer Clams Casino (whose Instrumental Mixtape was one of the best things about music last year). He takes the stately Never Let Me Go and adds gusts of distorted backing vocals, big drum claps and, midway through, pitches Florence Welch's vocals down a notch or two to create what sounds like an eerie duet recorded in a cave. In keeping with the grandeur of the current album campaign, the remix will be available as part of a limited white vinyl release which will be housed in a gold-foiled, screen-printed slip case with a cover taken by Karl Lagerfeld. Swanky.

Never Let Me Go is released on 2 April on Island Records.


Michael Cragg

The GuardianTramp

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