Sia released the effervescent lead single for her new album This Is Acting earlier this fall — and now the track, co-written by Adele, is getting the remix treatment. Alive Remixes, an EP featuring reworkings of the song, drops tomorrow and includes a take by AFSHeeN, streaming exclusively below.
“There is a certain struggle and hurt in Sia’s voice that I adore,” AFSHeeN tells EW. “The song’s emotion was incredibly complex, so I took a very musically intricate approach to preserve the creative soul of the record while bringing it into a new dimension. I call it ‘upbeat emo.'”
The musician also shares an anecdote about his personal relationship with Sia. “The first time I heard Sia was through her former [Zero 7] band member Sophie Barker,” he says. “I went to Sophie’s show at the Bootleg Theatre in LA a few years ago, and actually ended up sitting right next to Sia without any idea it was her. Once she jumped on stage to join Sophie for ‘Destiny’ I put two and two together, and have been a fan since the first note I heard her sing.”
This Is Acting comes out Jan. 29. Check out AFSHeeN’s “Alive” remix below.