Featured on Jon Gurd’s powerful 2020 album Lion, “The Dream” is one of the album’s more melodious tracks. The remix by Cooper and Clouth contort and stretch its interspersing glitched-out percussion alongside the single’s arpeggio in a new and exciting arrangement. The release of this remix marks Cooper and Clouth’s debut on Anjunadeep.
“This was a new remixing experience for me working in collaboration with one of my favorite producers, Rob Clouth, on the great original by Jon Gurd. I started the project as I usually do, by building a chord sequence around the original melody which carried the feeling I was after at that moment, and getting a few harmonic ideas recorded from the prophet 6 and Moog 1. I then passed the project over to Rob and he took it in a whole new direction rhythmically, and in timbre, bringing in granulated acoustic elements and reworking the original vocal. We were pretty much set from that point, bouncing the project back and forth a few times working on the mix and lots of layers of detailing. I think we share enough aesthetic values to make this process possible, pushing for an ever-evolving piece of music with a focus on spatial sound, feeling, microstructure, and low-end intensity for the live experience. I hope you’ll have a chance to listen to it with a good pair of headphones or a body massaging bass response, it’s designed mainly for one of those.”– Max Cooper
“I don’t normally do remixes, but I haven’t worked with Max in yonks and the Jon Gurd track had some lovely melodic elements that I wanted to play with. It was pretty freeform the process, just trying stuff and sending it back and forth. We both agreed that it needed a gritty, distorted beatdown in the middle. That was the best bit, pushing it so hard that it sounds like it’s clipping. But it’s not actually clipping, don’t worry. Max ensured that it sounded great, I don’t know how he does it. He added loads of little synth details that really made it pop. I’m pleased with the result! I feel like it’s a pretty decent merger of Jon’s, Max’s, and my style: deep, bassy, glitchy, and banging. I hope you like it.”– Rob Clouth
Max Cooper is a famed forward-thinking producer and multi-disciplinary artist with releases on revered labels such as Sasha’s Last Night On Earth, Erased Tapes, Systematic, and Traum Schallplatten. His innovative production has been championed in tastemaker outlets around the world, from Mixmag to Resident Advisor.
Barcelona’s Rob Clouth is an electronic musician, sound designer, and new media artist who boasts several inter-disciplinary works in his career, alongside a slew of releases on Leisure System, Traum Schallplatten, and Mesh.