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Arsenal – Melvin (Diskjokke Remix) (Premiere)

Apr 19 2012

Arsenal isn’t to be confused with the English football club or Morrissey’s 1992 album, but is instead Belgian duo Hendrik Willemyns and John Roan. The two originally formed in 1999 and have released five albums since. They’re keeping things rolling with their newest single “Melvin”, featuring guest vocals from Shawn Smith of Seattle’s Pigeonhed. Smith’s subdued tenor vocals complement the soothing and sensual electropop vibe of the track. The full “Melvin” EP is available April 16th and includes remixes from some of the most exciting producers around today.

Bok Bok, the DJ/producer behind the pioneering Night Slugs label, reduces the track to skeletal rhythms and throbbing bass, Compuphonic slows the track down creating a beautiful late night anthem, whilst Diskjokke turns “Melvin” into a moody disco anthem.

We’re thrilled to be premiering the Diskjokke remix here on Discobelle today. The track starts out simple with a machine drum beat and handclaps. Gradually vocals and more instruments come in to create a symphony of sounds and syncopations.

Also check out the official video for “Melvin” below. It captures the opening lyrics of the track, “it was night, it was day // it was life the old-fashioned way,” and flips between scenes of the duo trekking through the wilderness of Madagascar and a sold out performance in Antwerp, Belgium.