Last month, LIGHTS earned her best-charting album in America yet when Little Machines debuted at No. 34 on the Billboard 200 thanks to a well-manicured rollout. The Canadian electro-pop star kicked off the campaign with the inspiring "Up We Go" and kept fans' satiated with two promotional singles: the moody, harmony-heavy ballad "Portal" and the punchy synth-jam "Running With the Boys."
With the excitement for Little Machines still growing, its first promo single has been given a glossy, ethereal remix courtesy of Rush Midnight. Listen to the Brooklyn producer/songwriter's rework above, as it premieres exclusively on Fuse.
No longer considered a ballad, Rush Midnight's version of "Portal" adds a bouncy beat, additional reverb on the harmonies and even more shiny synths to keep the track's airy aura, while packing a bit of bassy bite. It's still the type of track you can chill out with, but you also wouldn't look crazy if you wanted to get up and sway around the room.
"The first time I heard LIGHTS' 'Portal,' I heard a shuffle rhythm," Rush Midnight (née Russ Manning) explains of his creative process. "I have the most fun remixing sparse ballads since they leave a lot of room for imagination. It all fell into place quickly. It was kind of a first take in regard to the remixes I've done."
Sometimes label mates under Last Gang Records (also home to fellow electro faves like Chromeo, Purity Ring and Crystal Castles), LIGHTS and Rush Midnight are currently on a Canadian and U.S. tour to promote Little Machines and Rush's self-titled full length, which was re-released in a deluxe version last month.