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Sonic Adventures

Sarah McLachlan is certainly not known for underground dance music. Instead, the Canadian songbird has reached superstar status with her unique brand of dreamy folk-pop and ethereal vocals.

On her latest album Remixed, the star crosses over into electronic music with remixes of her songs that originally appeared between 1992 and 1997.

In the fall of 2003, McLachlan also released "Afterglow," her first studio album in six years. The effort garnered her a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance."

Some of the world's most influential DJ’s and remixers were invited to contribute to "Remixed." Tiesto, Brian Transeau (BT), DJ Monk, William Orbit and others took on the challenge of transforming nine of McLachlan’s atmospheric songs into vibrant club tracks.

The result is a compelling mix of dance, trance, chill out and electronica that lifts McLachlan up to the ranks of Bjork, Beth Orton, Moby, Faithless and other genre-crossing electronica greats.

From the star’s 1992 album "Solace" comes the William Orbit mix of "Black." Orbit’s previous credits include his collaboration with Madonna on "Ray of Light." The remixer displays his edgy techno wizardry and turns the song into a futuristic sonic adventure.

BT shows off his prolific soundboard talent with the pulsating dance mix of the singer’s 1997 song "I Love You." The fierce beats and subtle tempo changes create a stylish soundscape that fits McLachlan’s original vocals well.

With his album "Nyana," Dutch superstar DJ Tiesto has created a renewed interest in trance music. He uses his mind-expanding strings and synth beats to mash up McLachlan’s hit "Sweet Surrender" into an uplifting club track.

As a bonus, "Remixed" also includes Tiesto's In Search of Sunrise Remix of “Silence.” The song was previously featured on “Karma, the 1997 album by Vancouver-based electronica duo Delirium that includes McLachlan’s guest vocals.

January 13, 2004 | Permalink

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