Ellie Goulding, more than any other vocalist, skillfully treads the tightrope between EDM and Top 40 Pop. Each of her original tracks is an elegantly produced, often electro-tinged gem meant to compliment her unique vocal and dominate the radio. But after her debut single, "Lights," sparked a flood of remixes from across the dance music spectrum, she has embraced the burgeoning underground with a flurry of official remixes and big name collaborations.
Similar to how a DJ would release a single, Goulding's latest EP features the dubstep-influnced "Figure 8," off her album "Halcyon," and a trio of reworks which draw on the skills of Xilent, Breakage and French Fries.
Supercharging the cathartic chorus of the original with his own nuero-funk inspired intensity, Xilent employs syncopated bass swells and precisely timed melodic glitches to give the single a newfound sense of immediacy. While Breakage comes at it with a smooth dubstep low end backed by tinny trap percussion and French Fries throws the entire vocal out the window to make a tech house track complete with a number of new samples.
Pick up the entire EP on Itunes and let us know which is your favotire.