There was in a moment in the early 2000s when every club track felt like it'd been fed through a diffuser, split into a billion specks that swirled around the ears like a fine house mist. There's something of that energy to Little Loud's remix of Tourist's "Illuminate," over which the vocal—by Years & Years—is looped and stretched into a synth-like stab. It's a bit of a nostalgia trip, but in a completely different way to MJ Cole's recent take on it, obvs. "'Illuminate is about how I always used to feel like I'd pissed off my ex-girlfriend, and I'd never know what I was doing wrong," Tourist told Aimee Cliff in an interview with The FADER published today. "And that was so frustrating. The lyrics are obvious, because I can't be Mr Metaphor. I'd rather be straight up." Dig in below.
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