All you need to hear is her vocals to understand that Billie Eilish is a star in the making. Her voice is especially ripe for remixes, a notion that rising producer Xie takes full advantage of on her interpretation of “Watch”. It maintains the indie-pop ethos of the original while adding a clattering electronic element that transitions it into future pop territory. Its breakdown of a hook is especially enticing as it glitches through chopped up vocal samples that accelerate atop a halftime instrumental.
While the line “I’ll sit and watch your car burn” isn’t exactly uplifting, Xie’s remix is a feel-good track down to its core. It’s one of those songs that makes me want to lay outside and soak up every ray of sun while it plays from a bluetooth speaker nearby. I’d say December isn’t the best time to have this daydream, but hell, I live in Southern California – it’s beach weather year round! Time to start packing my bags for a nice little day trip to the coast in the near future!
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