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Above & Beyond pres. OceanLab - Satellite (ilan Bluestone Remix)

Friday, September 05, 2014
Nolan Oribello

ilan Bluestone delivers an updated remix of a crowd favorite that's sure to please long-time fans and newcomers alike.

Remixing A Classic

My love is like footsteps in the snow, baby I follow you everywhere you go, baby The pain as light has come to wake you But you will never realize That I inspire the dreams that guide you, baby Ten years have passed since listeners were first treated to Justine Suissa’s now classic vocal performance on “Satellite,” the iconic Oceanlab sing-along amongst a discography of hits that continues to resonate enduringly with Above & Beyond fans. Outside of the amazing acoustic rendition of “Satellite/Stealing Time” from Annie Drury at Porchester Hall, one would be hard-pressed to remake the song while staying faithful to its roots.

Back To The Future

Enter newcomer ilan Bluestone, delivering a remix worthy of its original predecessor; a true musically spiritual successor that pays appropriate homage to the past, tastefully remixed to introduce the song to a new generation. I follow the winds that bring the cold, baby I light a fire in your soul, baby The lightest touch of feathers falling My love may be invisible But I inspire the dreams that guide you, baby The velvety vocals glide over a guttural bass line accompanied by what seems like a buzz saw snarling through gusts of wind, teasing familiar fans with a promise of what’s to come while inviting others to shuffle along for the ride. Our senses quickly acclimate to the angelic melodies and aggressive production before plunging into a euphoric ambiance, drowning in chill-inducing lyrics echoing from a distant place and time. It is painful, poignant, haunting, and hopeful all at once.

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Above & Beyond pres. OceanLab - Satellite (ilan Bluestone Remix)

You’re half a world away But in my mind, I whisper every single word you say And before you sleep at night You pray to me—your lucky star, your singing satellite For me, the beauty of this song has always been about the vocals, and Bluestone allows them to shine on their own as they did a decade ago. Like deja vu from a song we once knew or the fleeting flashback of a dream diminished by the waking sun, we are transported into new, yet familiar territory; suspended briefly in a subtle stillness, left to float in peaceful poetry alongside airy synths... ...until a steady crescendo of drums marches us through tense anticipation. ilan_arms_720x405 You pray to me—your lucky star, your singing satellite Every element of the song collapses into a single climactic moment; an auditory assault freeing us from its hypnotic grip to explode and rage however we see fit. I raise a hand and nod my head in unison with the beat, both as a result of Bluestone’s musical progression and as confirmation that yes, indeed, not only has “Satellite” not gone away, it is also here to stay. Above & Beyond pres. OceanLab - Satellite (ilan Bluestone Remix) can be found on the Anjunabeats Volume 11 compilation.