Beefy, tough and uncompromisingly clubby in all the right ways, there are no chills in “Correction in Direction (Electro Remix)” without the presence of the song’s beat. In this remix of the Zarbo staple, we find the Canadian indie act putting all of their energy behind the rhythm of the music, but this isn’t to say they somehow skimp on any of the melodic charms, either. For the past year, dancing has been the last thing on most of our minds, but in this latest release Zarbo is looking to get us back into the groove of real life in the only way they know how.
Everything in this version of “Correction in Direction” is secondary to the beat, meaning from the vocal to the bassline nothing is structured independently – it’s all rhythm-focused. That said, you would be hard-pressed to find even a spot of unnecessarily filler in this piece; truth be told, it’s one of the more efficient and lean remixes I’ve had the pleasure of listening to this February. A lot of artists try to pull together what Zarbo have here, but few actually have the patience and attention to detail to really make it happen.
The lyrics are delivered to us with near-surgical precision, and I think it was essential to give them the mild synthetic boost they ultimately receive in front of the bass part. This vocal is startlingly melodic and definitely would be reason enough to seek out a straight pop rendition of “Correction in Direction” all on its own. However, even with this being the case, it too serves to benefit one key component of the song – the pulsation of the percussion, which is constantly presented not only as the lifeblood of the hook, but the very foundation of every cathartic moment in the single.
This master mix features a meticulousness that I often praise when reviewing new electronic, rock and hip-hop music, but I wouldn’t say it’s the most rigidly arranged work in Zarbo’s discography. On the contrary, this approach is a bit more relaxed than I would have initially expected, leaving a touch of an unspoken urgency on the other side of the chorus that makes any listener tense up a bit towards the conclusion of the song. It’s cerebral and rather provocative, and exactly what I expect from a young experimentalist rather than a veteran act in any capacity.
If this is just a preview for what Zarbo are going to be delivering on a regular basis through the 2020s, this era could prove to be more successful than any other in the history of the moniker. This is definitely an interesting time to be witnessing the chaos of the electronic underground, and if you’re as intrigued by the eclectic as I am, you’re going to be very pleased with the content popping up on the left side of the dial at the moment – “Correction in Direction (Electro Remix)” included. It’s a fine moment for Zarbo, and a hot listen for any music buffs out there.
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