The Superpitcher Remix of M83’s “Don’t Save Us from the Flames”

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.

M83’s Anthony Gonzalez. Photo sourced from artist’s Facebook.

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.”



Superpitcher’s Aksel Schaufler. Photo courtesy of the artist.