The producer and DJ Oliver Koletzki and singer Fran are still firmly riding on the fast track to glorious pop music. After the first single "Arrow and Bow" of their new album "Lovestoned" they now release "Echoes", both as a maxi single with four different remixes and a vinyl edition that includes three of the remixes. But let's start with the original, which is easily one of the strongest and most powerful songs of the album. It is here where Koletzki’s background as a producer of house and techno meets with Fran’s ability to create divine lyrics and perform them with her unmistakable voice. With it’s groovy loop, some softly floating pianos and great musical synthesisers the track reminds of pop tracks by the likes of Mia or Morcheeba. A sure hit, for the dancefloor, the living room and the radio station!
Oliver himself starts the remix session and turns "Echoes" into a softly clicking understated piece of tech-house that evolves with every added sound from the original. The track is like a breathing organism that delicately speaks with Fran's voice and slowly moves towards a blissful breakdown that includes chirping birds and piano magic. DFA-artist and Frenchman Kris Menace is up next and he ups the level a notch creating a glitchy pop anthem purely meant for dancing under the disco ball. The reverbed 80ies arpeggiated synthesizers that dominate this remix surely set it into a sweaty disco-type scenario some decades ago. Beautiful! Switch back to today's club setting with Stil vor Talent's goldfinger Niko Schwind who takes some of the best parts of the original vocal and bassline and adds some surrounding percussions and effects. By adding some strings to the vocal on the breakdown, he manages to create an eery moment that is juxtaposed by the pure beauty of the rest of this techy remix. Up last is Hamburg-based house don Solomun who drops a fat acidy bassline onto the sweet vocal and perfectly manages to have everyone going wild while at the same time hugging each other. Add some typical empathic strings and this is the ideal sundownder track. And, Solomun, like all of the remixers seems to be very much in love with Fran's vocal. And to be honest, we can't get enough it ourselves.