Earlier in 2018, leftfield electronic DJ / producer Henri debuted on Anjuna Deep with her single “Hiding,” followed by the release of her melodic deep house single “Last Dance,” feat. Imogen Rose. Sofi Tukker’s remix of “Last Dance” came out just before Christmas and so it seems fitting that they should end 2018 with this brooding, cinematic take on Sofi Tukker’s “Benadryl,” the final remix package from their Grammy-nominated album “Treehouse.”
Using snippets of Sophie’s ethereal vocal to punctuate the track, Henri’s remix is driven by a huge brassy bassline, deep melodies and a dark, atmospheric intro, tantalizing its listeners so that by the time all the components culminate and the crescendoing string arrangement comes sweeping in, the remix delivers everything you could possibly hope for.
Following her release on Anjunadeep earlier this year, DJ, producer and songwriter Henri makes her return with “Last Dance.” The track is laced with cinematic emotion, with the ethereal Imogen Rose’s piercingly high, haunting vocal hook reminiscent of a war cry. Beginning with a classical, dark, moody piano arpeggio, “Last Dance” constantly vacillates between tension and release, driven by thumping beats, synth stabs, and melodic, percussive builds.
It is both sexual and foreboding, the last dance between two lovers and also our last dance with the world we are so successfully destroying. “The visuals of Lars Von Trier’s film ‘Melancholia’ mirror the sentiment I envisioned when writing the song,” says Henri. “It’s deceivingly beautiful while simultaneously about the end of the world.”
Over the last few years, up-and-coming London-based DJ, Henri has been fine tuning her remixing and production skills, having reached number two on Hype Machine with her melodic house remix of Flight Facilities’ “Two Bodies,” releasing “Sunshine of Your Love” on Armada Deep last year and “Hiding” on Anjunadeep earlier this year.
Henri shares the video for melodic house track, ‘Fine Day’, directed by upcoming director, Constantine Praskevopoulos (Quentin Tarrantino, Dallas Buyers Club, MTV).
The video follows Henri and Icelandic actress and singer Aníta Briem – whose vocals also feature on the track – exploring the city of Los Angeles.
Speaking to LA Canvas, Henri explains,
“I love everything to be a spectacle, but at the same time not in the cheap, girly, sex-kitten kind of way, more in the artsy, creative way – I love wearing really crazy space-age costumes. Fashion and music are arts that feed into each other in a way.”
“Because it’s my song and she [Anita] is the singer on it, she’s like my puppet in a way, but if you don’t read into the video, then I guess it could look like we’re just trying to be cute.”
Henri’s version of ‘Fine Day’ features Aníta Briem’s hypnotic, breathy vocals, which are layered over an interweaving synth arpeggio and repetitive piano chords. It will instantly put its listeners into a blissful state of trance. Henri invites you to turn off your mind, relax and float downstream.
It is the first track on Henri’s EP – out now via Monstertooth Records. It’s an elegant cover of Opus III’s early 90s cult classic and follows on from the success of Henri’s remix of Flight Facilities’ “Two Bodies” (which reached number 2 on Hype Machine). Henri has received continued support from the likes of MixMag, Harder Blogger Faster and Data Transmission.
Henri (Henrietta Tiefenthaler) was born in London, but is now based in LA, where her versatility is beginning to attract serious attention; DJing, producing and singing on her own dance/pop productions.
Following on from the success of her ‘It’s like This, It’s Like That EP,’ Henri returns with an emotive remix of ‘Two Bodies (Feat. Emma Louise)’ by Australian duo, Flight Facilities.
The original, which features breathy vocals from Emma Louise, is the dance/pop production we have come to associate with Flight Facilities. Henri has pushed the boundaries of the track one step further; chopping up and looping snippets of Louise’s vocals, while adding lush strings and a gorgeous piano interlude to the mix.
Henri’s remix will be sure reignite your nostalgia for 90’s-inspired piano house beats. Perfect in both live and intimate settings, have a sweet euphoric moment and take yourself back to Bora Bora beach in Ibiza.
The remix is being released in anticipation of Henri’s second single, ‘Only Love Will Take Me There’; a brooding underground heroin house track, coming out on Monstertooth Records in November. It will include remixes and a b-side featuring an emotionally charged, gushing string arrangement by Dan Heath (Lana Del Rey). Out on September 15th via Win Music/Glassnote.
The double A-side EP, Hold Me, is Golden City Boy Raik‘s debut release. Raik founded the Hamburg-based label, Golden City Sounds, with German house legends Boris Dlugosch and Isi Tüfekci (otherwise known as one half of Digitalism) in March 2013. Hold Me is the label’s third release, following Dlugosch’s Look Around You single, featuring Roísín Murphy (Moloko), and Polargeist + Kruse + Nuernberg’s Good Times, a deep house, feel-good anthem of the summer.
For the first track, Hold Me, Raik teamed up with Henri, a.k.a. Henrietta, Tiefenthaler, producer, DJ and also singer in the psychedelic Krautrock band Thrillionaire. With her romantic, dystopian lyrics, Henri’s hypnotic vocal delivery gives an emotional depth to this slice of shimmery, pop-electronica.
The second track, La Musique, is a euphoric club tune, a perfect counterbalance to the more rhapsodic melancholia of Hold Me. With its hooky synth line, infectious groove, and sexy French spoken word vocal, its arrangement is flawless and guaranteed to suck you into its retro-futuristic world.
This long-awaited EP will be sure to deliver on the expectation. Watch the official video (by Steffen Alberding) and download for free the Henri version, below. Buy it here.