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Oliver Heldens reworks Kate Ryan’s classic ‘Désenchantée’

todayMarch 11, 2023 28

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The track has a long history, originally released by Mylène Farmer way back in 1991, and has been an enduring hit in the dancefloors of Europe in its various forms ever since. Kate’s 2002 version is the best-known version, and still gets played on a wide range of dancefloors. Now Heldens reworks it in pumping ‘EuroRave’ style to bring it right up to date.

With one foot in the Eurodance vibes of Ryan’s version with its ravey synths arpeggios and one in the present with the thumping kicks and pacey tempo a nod to his HI-LO alter ego, he has breathed even more life into this monster track. Injecting it with new vigour and energy, it’s guaranteed to be a massive fixture at festivals all summer long and will introduce this classic to a new generation to help it live on further.

“After the pandemic, I’ve been cranking up the tempo sometimes at the end of my sets, and in the summer of 2021 when I was closing a festival in France I remember at the end of my set, I wished I had a good remix or edit of the French vocal (Euro)Trance classic ‘Désenchantée’ cause that would’ve been perfect.

So after I decided I’ll make one myself for future shows in France, Belgium and the French part of Canada where I perform regularly. I made a pretty simple edit at first muting the very low frequencies of the original and adding a big warehousy techno kickdrum instead, and that worked fantastic already at a few of these shows in France, Canada and in the Netherlands in 2022, as well as getting some good traction online. So after the 2022 summer I went back into the studio and worked more on it, adding a few more elements like this happy hardcore binary voice synth arpeggio and some more percussion and fx to get it over the finish line.

It’s been super fun to play this remix at the end of my sets, I’ve actually been working on a couple more tracks and remixes that are in a similar direction and I like to call this ‘EuroRave’, cause it’s not EuroTrance or Trance anymore, but it’s also not Hyper Techno or Techno. I hope you like it!”, says Oliver Heldens.

“While I’ve been approached by many people in the past for a remix of my classic, nothing was ever good enough, and definitely not better than my original” says Ryan, who has been one of Europe’s biggest pop successes since the early 2000s. “That was until I stumbled upon a post on Instagram of Oliver Heldens playing a bootleg remix of my track. I reached out to let him know that I loved it, and we soon connected to discuss the possibility of working together on a reimagined version of it. We are confident that the remix will become a hit and continue the legacy of this dance classic for years to come. I’m thrilled to have worked with Oliver on this project, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear this new version.”

Heldens has been keeping busy as usual, and will be hosting his infamous Heldeep Poolparty during Miami Music Week and playing two sets at Ultra Miami later this month. Recent singles ‘Disco Voyager’ and ‘Oops’ have both proved to be staples of the scene, gaining support from a huge range of DJs across the board.

Kate Ryan is gearing up for The Ultimate Seduction Tour 2023, which promises to be a truly unforgettable experience, with cutting-edge production backed by a tight live band and propelled by a fierce light show.

Get prepared for ‘Désenchantée’ to dominate the summer season!

Listen to the track below.

Written by: Editor of IVR

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