Emily King has been a SoulBounce staple for the past decade, and she’s only gotten better with time. If you’ve had a chance to absorb her latest studio album Scenery, you were undoubtedly captivated by personal lyrics and pristine instrumentals co-produced with Jeremy Most. Now she’s back to deliver a twist on the project with the cleverly titled remix EP, Change of Scenery.
King started 2019 on a high with the breezy groove “Can’t Hold Me.” Machinedrum keeps the song’s carefree feel but adds a hypnotic Afrobeats rhythm that will hold your hips captive. The original “Forgiveness” is a downtempo plea, but in Wynne Bennett‘s hands, it takes on new life as an infectious ’90s hip-hop/R&B fusion. Taylor McFerrin carved out some time from his own Love’s Last Chance project to transform “Blue Light” into a tasty slow jam that’s perfect for chilly autumn nights. Scenery closer “Go Back” sheds its folk-pop trappings for an edgier sound marked by rapid beats, courtesy of Dutch DJ/producer Wantigga. Perhaps the most radical makeover in the set, King Britt transforms the self-reflective ballad “Running” into a house/club anthem with haunting effects.