When New York indie act Panama Wedding released their first single, All of the People, last July, the blogosphere was quick to pronounce the catchy tune as the electro-pop track of the summer. With bright notes flitting over a driving guttural synth and vocals reminiscent of Ben Gibbard and Thomas Mars, it was a fitting description. The buzz was enough to make their EP, Parallel Play (June 3rd, Glassnote Records), one of the most anticipated albums of this year.
And they hit up TheHundred’s very own Brennen Bryarly (AKA option4) to remix All of the People as a part of the promotional push. Option4—signed to Windish—brings frenetic energy to dance floors across the country with his DJ sets and has established himself as a respected producer with original tracks and remixes catching global attention. His most recent big-name remix of Elizabeth Rose’s The Good Life received love both state-side and in Rose’s native Australia, and tore up The Hype Machine in January.
True to form, in this remix option4 ups the ante by transforming 2013’s “electro-pop track of the summer” into this year’s rooftop summer-jam. It starts with chopped up, processed layers of the original vocals floating over a 4/4 bass kick, then builds into a melodic and whompy dance-floor delight. A bouncy bass line drives this version as the bright notes are compressed and transformed into something just as catchy, if slightly more haunting. The strategic and sparse use of strings and a vocal chorus effect add to the atmosphere, while a syncopated slit drum sound is used to jack up the percussive peak.
The result: A remix more infectious and soulful than the original earworm. No doubt his best to date, All of the People further solidifies Bryarly’s standing as a talented creator of hot tracks. And though frequently referred to as an “up-and-comer” in reviews around the web, it’s time to accept that option4 is here to stay.
All of the People (option4 remix) is up on SoundCloud now–get it while it’s hot: