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Adventure Club – Breathe (ARMNHMR Remix)

I covered ARMNHMR’s remix of “AKIRA” earlier this year, so I’m thrilled to have yet another flip from the Los Angeles based duo to digest. While their take on “AKIRA” was composed of a darker sonic palate, this rework of Adventure Club’s “Breathe” is overflowing with sublime vibes that resonate through each kick of bass and its complimentary synths that reach sky-high.

Beyond the track itself, I’m especially fascinated by its accompanying artwork. I consider visual components to be just as important to music as its sound itself, and in this case, ARMNHMR’s reinterpretation of the original “Breathe” cover makes the remix even more impactful as a whole. The colossal, intergalactic content of the cover combined with its gorgeous purple-and-green dominant color scheme is awe-inspiring and overwhelming while simultaneously human and personal due to the two people looking upon the planetary fusion at the artwork’s bottom. As an absolute Mass Effect fanboy, I get vibes similar to that series’ humanity-and-space explorations alongside a hint of Interstellar.

Regardless of how it relates to my sci-fi fandom, though, ARMNHMR’s remix of “Breathe” uses its sights and sounds to imaginatively come to life with each and every listen.

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Ekali & KRANE – AKIRA (ARMNHMR & DATHAN Remix)

I’ve been posting about a lot about art that emanates overwhelmingly joyous vibes as of late, but not everything I’m into is an audible kaleidoscope. That’s not to say ARMNHMR and DATHAN’s remix of “AKIRA” is in turn a depressive undertow, but its artwork sets a tone of darkness surrounded by a border of light that I absolutely adore and mirrors my non-homogenous taste.

In particular, the visual accompaniment combined with the atmosphere of the remix reminds me of the nature of everyday life that I’m coming to understand. As someone who struggles with a host of depressive issues, I’ve always alternated between feeling fantastic and utterly hopeless at the flip of a switch. Yet in recent times, I’ve begun to subscribe to the idea that remaining at a more balanced state where I don’t become so invested in the highs and the lows is my best way of living. The world is not composed wholly of darkness or of light, and while difficult to remember during select moments, it’s important to try and maintain that perspective.

I feel that ethos throughout this song’s framework; while a synth abrasively warps between invigorating and abrasive throughout the drop, the bridge to the track’s final outing is draped in mystifying dramatics that give way to a drop balancing darkness and light once more.

It’s quite the feeling when art lines up with your life and helps you understand yourself just a bit further.

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