Saturday, January 25th, 2020

SAINt JHN – Roses (Imanbek Remix)

What does it smell like?


Katherine St Asaph: For a throwaway dance remix, that’s a pretty robust beat. But it’s emphasized at the expense of the vocal: mixing as self-fulfilling prophecy.

Will Rivitz: Imanbek’s take is a masterful bit of time-travel, seizing on the original’s desolate comedown and winding the clocks back a few hours to the party, when that comedown is nothing but a faint idea to be reckoned with later. SAINt JHN’s plaintive admission that “you know how I get too lit when I turn it on” is replayed at the scene, fully turned on and understanding of litness not to come until sunrise. That the high in question is apparently taking place at a Tchami show tempers both it and its corresponding low somewhat, but its molly-laced synth leads nevertheless snap the club into focus.

Brad Shoup: Speeding the vocals up makes the song funny, and also shreds the legit jokes Saint Jhn wrote: a double whammy. 

Joshua Minsoo Kim: SAINt JHN’s essence is completely vaporized here, which isn’t a terribly bad thing since his emotive and nocturnal trap music quickly becomes overwrought by the second. This remix is good because it does something that never fails to impress: it takes pride in its bass line, knowing it’s strong enough to carry an entire song.

Edward Okulicz: Can’t call this a great remix, because it does such distortion to the original’s sound and intent, it’s more like a new track that samples it. So not a great remix, but a good track which is worse for its source — the original “Roses” is nothing special and tizzed up it’s kind of crap.

Leah Isobel: What this track lacks in build or dynamic structure, it almost makes up for in bassline. Almost.

Will Adams: A knocking, bass-forward groove cut from the same cloth as other former Soviet-adjacent songs, unfortunately wasted on a bootleg remix that warps its parent track beyond intelligibility.

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