Parisian producer Joakim, one of the most effective practitioners of the remix, has got his hands on “One Day At A Time,” the new single from the forthcoming EP by veteran Belgians Arsenal. The upbeat original has all the duo’s usual House hallmarks, but it also folds in dominant vocals and sparkling guitars in just the right measure to closely suggest British Madchester outfits like the Stone Roses.
The most striking thing about Joakim’s reworking is its slackening in tempo. The remix incorporates a lazy Balearic beat that cools the more propulsive drumming of the original. Guitars and vocals still dominate the track, only now the former are principally used to build up slow-moving, harmonious walls of sound, and the latter gently luxuriate in soft tropical splendour. The Frenchman also smuggles in an array of warm and warbling synth bends, most noticeable as his mix draws to a close, that sharply recall Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin.
Arsenal’s One Day At A Time EP is out now on vinyl. Of the EP’s tracks, only the single version of “One Day At A Time” and Joakim’s remix are currently available via iTunes, but the rest of the EP will be released digitally next week. Listen to Joakim’s remix below.