Musical Discovery: ‘Hymn for the Weekend’ by Coldplay (Seeb Remix)

With their remix of Mike Posner’s I Took A Pill in Ibiza, Seeb tapped into a heavily populated tropical house scene and offered something different. Their soft synth melodies, combined with unusual sound effects, was a style which spoke to music fans who wanted something different and saw their version of the track go all the way to number one. Now, their bouncy, off-beat style returns in a remix of Coldplay’s Hymn for the Weekend, which is this week’s Musical Discovery.

First of all, Seeb cut straight to the chase. In the original, it takes 32 seconds before we hear the backing instrumentals. Granted, Beyoncé’s humming vocals are interesting, but without no coherent lyrics or rhythm, it just didn’t appeal to me. In this remix, Chris Martin’s voice is introduced immediately, alongside upbeat synths which will remind listeners of their remix of I Took A Pill of Ibiza. However, this time, we are faced with something completely different. We hear brief audio samples from Martin combined with more unusual electronic effects, rather than a remix of the original chorus.

What is also admirable is how much of the original track is apparent in the remix. The vocals remain unscathed, with only the backing instruments being adapted and edited. Even the ending of this version mimics Beyonce’s calm and euphoric finish in the original, bringing a wonderfully euphoric version of the Coldplay single to a close.

What do you think of Seeb’s remix of Hymn for the Weekend? Do you prefer the original? Is it better than I Took A Pill in Ibiza? Comment below!

Liam

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