I’ve written about “Imagine” and its JLV remix at length, so I’m thrilled to hear the track being reinvented once more. While the first two versions of the Bronze Whale & Popeska collab were absolutely killer, Proppa’s remix may very well have the most wide-reaching impact yet as he propels it into intensely uplifting territory. It’s a flip that provides Tom Aspaul’s performance with a infinitely poppier complement, its hook led by stretchy, smile-inducing synths. There’s no doubt that some listeners will scoff at the track’s undeniable future bass sound, but it’s so much more interesting than the saturated stylings that have weighed down the genre.
That general sentiment reminds me a bit of the dubstep bubble bursting years ago. People’s eyes would glaze over when anything was tagged as dubstep, even if it was innovative, because they developed a belief (upon admittedly hard evidence) that the genre had nothing more to offer. Alas, artists continued to innovate, and now the genre is thriving once more – that’s in part due to corners of the scene rebranding their sounds as riddim, but the point stands. Will future bass reemerge with a fresh approach (and even under a new name)? There’s no way to tell, but in the meantime, producers like Proppa are making a convicing case for its future.