Super excited about this review. Alex Metric is a very talented producer based in London who focuses on building pump-up dance tracks, like his banger of the summer “Heart Weighs a Ton.” Lucky for us, Vindata, the DJ duo out of L.A. saw the potential in this track and decided to create a wonderful remix released earlier this month. Both tracks rely heavily on strong beats and some seriously epic synth work. Let’s start with Alex Metric’s original. First off, I need to get this off my chest, the lyric “I’ll carry you when you’re heart weighs a ton” makes me think of Sam Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings saying to Frodo, “I may not be able to carry the ring, but I can carry you!” Sorry, I had to nerd out for a second there. The track starts almost like a conventional summer house track with a nicely built minute long build up, consisting of a simple single beat bass rhythm. As the melody is introduced, the actual volume of the track increases, clearly identifying the building points of the track. This leads into a really nice surprisingly melodic chord progression, which adds some nice depth to what will eventually turn into an epic synth construction at 1:20. The specific parts of the song aren’t all that innovative, I mean that the melodies and instrumentation aren’t exactly mind-boggling, but as an entire piece of work traversing between rhythmically inclined build ups using a nice bass line and melody-focused choruses with really nice synth chords. It’s a summer feel good dance track and I personally love it for that. Vindata’s remix definitely plays off of the “epic” sound that Alex Metric worked hard to develop. It starts with a nice piano line leading into the vocal, which feels a bit more emotional in this context. You get sort of a dreamy type of sound here with the light piano and the reverb loop on the beat. This understated beginning sets up where the track ends up perfectly. At the 1:10 mark, the track finally hits its own version of “epic” (sorry for using this word so much, but it makes sense). The production quality in these “big sound” moments is wonderful. By tinkering with the dynamics of the synth levels, these moments hit harder than the rest of the track. Both tracks really use volume changes to set up the respective choruses well. Listen to both tracks below and let us know what you think in the comments!