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EP Review: Scarlette Fever – The Fever Rides Again

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While she is better known as a gutsy modern rock musician, Scarlette Fever has recently had success with a batch of dance releases, hitting #2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart earlier this year. Continuing along these lines, the singer songwriter has just released her brand new remix EP, The Fever Rides Again.

Scarlette Fever The Fever Rides AgainThe remixes featured on this EP come courtesy of some of the biggest names in the electronic dance scene, including two of the most internationally acclaimed producers to come out of Chicago, Georgie Porgie and Tod Miner. The Fever Rides Again also boasts the names of the highly successful Jason Nevins, most widely known for his multi-platinum production of Run-D.M.C’s It’s Like That, and Progressive House stars Haji & Sheldon.

The EP kicks off with a remix of crowd favourite P.S. I Hate You by world renowned Latin House producer Georgie Porgie. This track stands out for its interesting percussion, which come into its own towards the end. However it is also important to note that this track does not take away from that which makes Scarlette Fever stand out as an artist – her unique vocals. While this remix has completely reworked the original track, it still allows them to shine through.

Tod Miner’s Circuit House remix is an atmospheric take on the same track with a far more varied beat. While it only samples the vocals, this is still a very unique and exciting track, which certainly stands out on this EP.

Considering Jason Nevins’ immense popularity, his remix of 6ft Woman is surprising. It follows a repetitive structure, which is designed to build and build – raising both pulses and expectations. However, when we hit the drop, the result is sadly underwhelming. Also, while a major talking point for Scarlette Fever are her impressive vocals, they are unfortunately, completely lost in this remix. While the EP attempts to showcase the talented performer and these world-renowned remix artists, this track fails to come through.

The final remix on the EP is Haji & Sheldon’s vastly different take on the same track, 6ft Woman.  In contrast to the previous track, this tune immediately kicks off with Scarlette’s vocals combined with a far more relaxed beat. As far as EDM tracks go, this one is subtle, but produces a strong impact, making it the highlight of the EP. It is rewarding to the listener, building tensions and fulfilling expectations, but is also very simple. Haji & Sheldon don’t try to overachieve with this track, but instead produce dance remix that is both classic and enjoyable.

Most of this EP just does not work in a domestic setting, however, played in their intended setting these tunes have the potential to go off and be very well received by club goers. While many of the songs on this record don’t quite do Scarlette Fever justice as a rock vocalist or singer-songwriter, she has spent most of the year in the studio, with co-producer Paul Simm (who co-wrote some of Neneh Cherry’s latest album and has worked with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Groove Armada, Tom Jones and Massive Attack), so you can expect to hear much more of Scarlette’s original sound in the future.