I first heard Reload about 7 months back when Sebastian Ingrosso previewed it on his Soundcloud and I immediately fell in love with it. Despite being under 2 minutes long I was hooked and like any other music lover I frantically started looking for “long edits” or even went so far as to use a Youtube repeater to just hear more of it. What made it even better was that Tommy Trash was making his first appearance in my local venue and I was more than elated when I learned that I had just been hired as a staff writer for Your EDM, in fact.. you can even read about the event here..
So to put it simply, huge amounts of positive things were happening in my life when I heard this track and it will forever hold a special place in my heart.
However, earlier today I was informed that the vocal mix had been released for the track and I was offered to give my take on it. Before I heard the new version, I read the name of the vocalist and thought it sounded familiar, sure enough it was the same vocalist that helped Swedish House Mafia on some of their tracks. Immediately I let out an audible “Oh no.” Still I had to keep an open mind and judge the track accordingly with emotions left aside. That’s what professionals do right?
The vocal mix of Reload was released via iTunes on the 10th of May and it featured John Martin of Swedish House Mafia’s Save the World as well as Don’t You Worry Child. However this track didn’t seem to have quite the appeal as did the other tracks. One possible and probably the most probable reason for this is because the Original Mix was made way before the vocals were attached. Now you may be thinking, “Yeah, so what?”, allow me to explain. Huge hits like Don’t You Worry Child are made alongside the vocalist whereas the Vocal Mix of Reload is different in the sense that the vocalists had to produce lyrics for something he had no part in. You can Click Here for the making of the vocal mix.
The vocalist’s addition doesn’t seem “Organic” and sounds very forced. Not to mention it’s the same type of vocal effects that were done with SHM’s tracks: overwhelmingly giant lyrics with a drawn out echo. Sure it can be argued that this is the vocalist’s style and could be something that people look forward to, however that’s exactly my point. The vocals were simply underwhelming and didn’t leave me in awe despite being in love with the orignal mix.
If I remember correctly artists attempt to better themselves with every track they produce yet 1 year later and John Martin sings the same with the same effects. In essence, he found a method and style that “worked” and used it once more on Reload, leaving me, the listener, with a discouraged, unimpressed “meh”.
You can listen to the vocal mix down below and make sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. Thanks for your patience and reading my post.