Sia - "Chandelier"

Four Tet is a leftfield electronic-music institution, but he’s somehow never met a gigantic, sweeping pop hit that he didn’t feel like remixing. In the past couple of months, he’s reworked pieces of pop-radio bait from Ellie Goulding and Lana Del Rey, and now he’s given the same treatment to “Chandelier,” the latest single from the big-money Australian song doctor Sia. The original track is big, streamlined, unashamed dance-pop, and it’s already charted in a bunch of countries around the world. (#1 in Israel!) Four Tet’s innovation is to take that original track and attach a big, galumphing breakbeat to it, one that staggers the song but somehow leaves it sounding more grand. Listen.

Sia’s album 1000 Forms Of Fear is out 7/8 on RCA/Monkey Puzzle.

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  1. Yo, Stereogum. I don’t want to come off as a big UX douche right now because I just wanna help… but hiding the link to play the Four Tet remix amidst four other virtually identical hyperlinks makes me confused as to how I can actually play it — which is what 95% of your users (guesstimate) want to do when they click on an article like this. Embed that SoundCloud file at the top of the article, or at the bottom. Make it bigger, make it a button, and don’t make me think about it.

  2. Yecchh. The best part about the original was the maximalist wall-of-sound chorus. Without it this is just another “analog electro” producer cut.

    • Nah, man, the synths in the chorus are just synths. This song is all about Sia’s vocal take, and this remix gives her even more room to shine.

  3. I loved the original so much but I felt I could never really hear her voice amidst all that sound in the original, so this is just what I needed to hear. And what a voice it is.. damn, girl.

  4. Four Tet’s earlier remix of Sia’s “Breathe” (from his 2006 album) is absolutely fantastic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syTcvB9QCTM

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