"Our Love"—a mellow stunner from singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten's Are We There LP—has the kind of breezy, uncluttered constitution that makes a song really remix-able. Electronic duo The Juan MacLean—featuring DFA staple John MacLean and LCD Soundsystem's Nancy Whang—thought so, too. The edit retain's the original's romantic tone but dreams up something a tad more euphoric, looping soft-pop synths and Van Etten's pristine vocals until it almost feels cheery—but not oppressively so. "I feel very lucky that Juan Maclean made the time to do a remix of my song," Van Etten writes over e-mail. "Being a huge fan of Air, Daft Punk, James Murphy, I was looking for something that had a bit of edge, but I wasn't expecting this. He started by giving it a lot of space and let the vocals remain dark and bleak while incorporating both my samples and his own sound. I feel honored that he wanted to collaborate." The Juan MacLean's new album, In a Dream, is out now on DFA.
September 17, 2014