Soulwax have provided Fontaines D.C. song ‘A Hero’s Death’ a facelift with their brand new remix.
Fontaines D.C. perfectly managed to capture the bleak side of the world on their triumphant sophomore album, A Hero’s Death. The title track shouldn’t work as a Soulwax remix on the surface, yet it does brilliantly. The creative disparity between the two acts is what makes the remix so riveting, the track really shouldn’t be able to be transformed into a disco anthem, but somehow that’s what the Dewaele brothers have managed to pull off.
Soulwax have said in a statement about the track: “Whatever the part of the brain is that sparks the idea for a remix when you hear a great song, even though it doesn’t always work, it was definitely fully functional when we heard ‘A Hero’s Death’.”
Fontaines D.C. frontman Grian Chatten previously remarked: “The song is a list of rules for the self, they’re principles for self-prescribed happiness that can often hang by a thread. It’s ostensibly a positive message, but with repetition comes different meanings, that’s what happens to mantras when you test them over and over. There’s this balance between sincerity and insincerity as the song goes on.”
The singer then said how the title of the track came to him from a play by Brendan Behan and added: “It’s about the battle between happiness and depression, and the trust issues that can form tied to both of those feelings.”
The Dewaele brothers’ remix does what a proper remix should do. They take the essence of a song from another genre and carefully craft it into this new being, which the Belgians have drastically done on ‘A Hero’s Death’.
Soulwax’s version focuses and celebrates the elated aspect to the song, rather than having a somewhat depressing duality like Fontaines’ stunning original does.