“Rust” is the debut single from AKASE‘s forthcoming album to be released on !K7. AKASE, the new collaborative project between Midland (Harry Agius) and singer/songwriter Robbie Redway, rises from the duo’s desire to explore sounds away from the dance floor.
In spite of that, Midland’s subtle remix of “Rust” outshines the original. The remix pares down the moody vocals (which sounds a lot like Radiohead) and adds Midland’s intricate bass-driven house sound. It’s much more polished, and sounds like something Midland would drop in his own set. If the original was meant to steer away from dance floors, then the remix is the complete opposite. Still, “Rust” is a promising start to this young partnership.