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Paris-via-Bristol songwriter Kate Stables is revisiting her acclaimed fourth album as This Is The Kit, last year’s Moonshine Freeze, in the form of a new remix EP, out today, July 19, on Rough Trade Records. Our first listen of Moonshine Freeze Remixes comes in the form of its opening track, “Bullet Proof (Blue States Remix),” premiering here at Paste. You can hear the gorgeous rework down below.
“I spent way more time than usual working on it, trying to do it some justice,” Andy Dragazis (aka Blue States) says of the remix. “I love the vocals, so the aim was to keep true to those and add my own bells and whistles around them.” We share Dragazis’ admiration for Stables’ “uniquely bone-chilling voice,” which Max Freedman lauded in his review of Moonshine Freeze for Paste, in which he deemed the LP ”[her] best album to date.”
“Such an honor to be remixed by Blue States. He’s done a very lush job,” Stables says. “I love getting to hear glimpses of my twin sister’s voice on the track. And he’s managed to bring out some of the details in the original recording and build them into a whole new space. It’s given the song a totally new lease of life.”
Album opener “Bullet Proof” is one of three Moonshine Freeze tracks to get the remix treatment on Stables’ new EP, which also includes reworks by Drones Club (“Moonshine Freeze”), Clas Tuuth (“Two Pence Piece”) and LONA (also “Moonshine Freeze”). The original song’s delicate, chamber-folk sound doesn’t exactly scream “ripe for a remix,” but Blue States makes synth-pop magic with it, expanding on the stripped-down track’s subtle electronic accents and building out its minimalist percussion. The result is a mesmerizing rework that stands apart from “Bullet Proof” while remaining true to the wistful beauty of the original composition.
Listen to Blue States’ “Bullet Proof” remix below, and find the Moonshine Freeze Remixes tracklist and cover art further down, along with This Is The Kit’s tour slate. You can see where Moonshine Freeze landed on our list of 2017’s best LPs right here and stream Stables’ new remix EP in full here.
Moonshine Freeze Remixes Tracklist:
01. Bullet Proof (Blue States Remix)
02. Moonshine Freeze (Drones Club Remix)
03. Two Pence Piece (Clas Tuuth Remix)
04. Moonshine Freeze (LONA Remix)
Moonshine Freeze Remixes Album Art:
This Is The Kit Tour Dates:
25 – Burlington, Vt. @ Arts Riot
26 – New York, N.Y. @ Bowery Ballroom
27 – Newport, R.I. @ Newport Folk Festival
30 – Chicago, Ill. @ Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park (w/ Aimee Mann)