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Iglooghost's New Abra Remix Might Make You Weep

The Brainfeeder producer's glossy flip of "Crybaby" is as stunningly emotive as the original.

Colin Joyce

Single art for Iglooghost's remix of Abra's "Crybaby."

Atlanta songwriter/producer Abra's summer EP Princess proved her a master of gentle yearning. Drawing on freestyle, funk, and R&B of years gone by, the release was the sort of thing you throw on during a hot August afternoon and then end up weeping over a nostalgia for long-lost loves you never even experienced. It's moving stuff, and today she's back with help from Brainfeeder producer Iglooghost to put a slight spin on that sound.

The UK producer adds a futurist sheen to the title track, adding a host of fluorescent synth sounds to the sunny original that give the whole thing a sickly neon-lit glow. Abra's longing vocal is still the star, but it's sped up, warped slightly—and the results are a little more urgent and anxious. The effect's still moving, but now it sounds more like you're missing out on a future you may not live to see than a past you didn't live through.

Iglooghost offered his own take via email, explaining that this was a more restrained process than his own solo stuff (emphasis his). "The original "Crybaby" was packed full of sooo many moments that were so nuts to me so I was really excited to try and do my own lil spin on it," he wrote. "My regular solo Iglooghost stuff is usually super saturated & I guess there's an emphasis on fitting as many sounds in as I can—but for this Abra thingy I relly wanted to do something really restrained and more based on speedy lil recurring simple melodies/motifs. In my head, it sounds like a little water spirit girl crying in a zen garden ಢ︵ಢ."

Listen and weep below.

Correction: A previous version of this article referred to Abra's EP by the incorrect title.