I love all sorts of things M83 … well … maybe with the exception of the latest album “Junk,” which I like bits and pieces of. I just prefer Anthony Gonzalez’ earlier material up until “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.” There’s this idyllic nostalgic quality that’s full of joyous remembrance and lingering melancholy that hits the spot … everytime.
“Don’t Save Us from the Flames” reminds me of an era I simultaneously loved and hated, for all types of reasons. It appeared in my life in the wee hours of the night, when I was working a night shift in a job I loved in a place I learned to hate. So it’s a weird one. But one I now embrace fully.
And this particular remix by Superpitcher, a.k.a. Aksel Schaufler, a German-born, French-based producer, is one of the reasons why. His interpretation focuses on the euphoric bits, stripping away some of the darker aspects, while still preserving the mystery and moodiness. It’s a reminder of what I love about this era of M83, and this track in particular, while discarding all that negative nonsense that I tend to associate with it.
The Superpitcher Remix does add a beat beneath the original, making this a more rhythmic affair. But I wouldn’t call it the house version of “Don’t Save Us from the Flames.” Rather, it’s a logical progression, preserving its spectral qualities, while expanding its illusive intent – and in this case, quite literally, to twice its intended length. But more importantly, this still feels like M83.
So whether you’re a longtime M83 fan, or one who’s tuned in more recently, the Superpitcher Remix of “Don’t Save Use from the Flames” is a worthy complement to the catalogue. Check it out.
“Don’t Save Us from the Flames (Superpitcher Remix)” from the 2005 EP “Before the Dawn Heals Us Remixes & B-Sides.”