Today, Danny Elfman has released a brand new Squarepusher remix of “We Belong,” a song originally featured on Elfman’s heralded new double album Big Mess [ANTI- / Epitaph Records]. The new version serves as a complete reinterpretation from the mind of Squarepusher, combining Elfman’s haunting vocals and orchestral elements with the English electronic musician’s signature blitz of glitchy percussion and furiously arpeggiated synthesizers. Listen now here.
“When “Big Mess” bass player Stu Brooks and I began talking about the possibility of reaching out to remixers for different collaborations on re-inventing songs from the album, Squarepusher was one of the first names we discussed,” says Elfman. “He’s obviously a legend in that field. I was really excited that he responded positively and chose the song “We Belong” to mix. I couldn’t be happier with the result.”
“Danny Elfman is a living legend and I was thrilled to be asked to do a remix for him,” adds Squarepusher. “I chose ‘We Belong’ partly because it’s in E flat, which is a nice escape from guitar-friendly tonalities, and also because I was especially drawn to the vocal elements. For instrumentation I used some of my old analogue hardware including a Yamaha CS-80.”
The release arrives on the heels of the announcement of A Conversation with Danny Elfman; a special upcoming live Q&A with Elfman presented by The GRAMMY Museum®. Set for Tuesday, September 28th at the Clive Davis Theater in Los Angeles, CA, the intimate conversation will dive into the making of ‘Big Mess,’ and will be moderated by writer David Wild. Pre-sale tickets are available now and general onsale begins tomorrow, September 11th, at 12PM PT here. Visit here for more information.
Squarepusher’s remix of “We Belong” marks the third collaborative effort for Elfman from Big Mess, as he previously joined forces with Zach Hill of Death Grips for a remix of “Kick Me” and most recently teamed up with Trent Reznor to unleash a brand new duet version of his song “True.” The reimagined single of “True” caught the eye of Entertainment Weekly, Vulture, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and more, and showcases a sonic collision of two musical icons, fusing vocals from Reznor and Elfman with vicious industrial percussion, cinematic piano flares and walls of feedback. To coincide with the release, Elfman also debuted a new music video for the track, which can be viewed now HERE. Directed by Aron Johnson, who contributed visual effects to the Sarah Sitkin-directed music video for the album version of “True,” the piece features warped imagery and retro VHS aesthetics that capture the song’s intensity. Combining segments of Sitkin’s archived footage along with brand new 3D modeling, the visual serves as a remix in itself of the original music video, reinterpreted through the eyes of Aron.