LVNDSCAPE, the Dutch house producer rises up 😉 to bring us his Tropical House re-invigoration of the classic 2007 Yves Larock (feat. Jaba on vocals) summer hit “Rise Up”. LVNDSCAPE has been making house music since around early to mid 2015.
So as I said, LVNDSCAPE’s track is a re-imagining of Yves Larock’s biggest hit Rise Up, which was released in May of 2007. If you’ve never heard the original before, it might be worth checking out to hear what it was and to experience what LVNDSCAPE had to work with in Rise Up 2k16.
I want to start with some praise for LVNDSCAPE. This track is very well produced and mixed. Clear vocals, instruments, and beats live throughout. Jaba’s vocals are distinct, unique, and fill the track out well. Rise Up 2k16 has distinct summer vibes and tropical house happiness.
But I can’t act like I love this track. While it is a remix of sorts of a house hit from 2007, it doesn’t have to feel that way. There are plenty of remixes that completely upgrade or even change classic tracks. But this track feels more like Yves remastered his original Rise Up instead of creating something updated or new with it.
I get what LVNDSCAPE was trying to do. Reinvigorate a classic. And by all means, if that’s the end goal, it works well. But to create a Tropical House track that people love and want to listen to in 2016, that’s a whole different story. Rise Up 2k16 just doesn’t do it for me in that sense. It makes me happy in a nostalgic way, sure, but it just doesn’t hit me like modern Tropical House does.
My Rating: I’m giving Rise Up 2k16 a 5 out of 10. It doesn’t cause me to “rise up” in a standing ovation, but that’s just me. (I’m the worst at puns, I’m fully aware)
Final Verdict: Rise Up 2k16 is a well produced, remaster of sorts of a classic track. But it doesn’t hit me in 2016 the way that a good Tropical House track should. The vocals feel understandably dated. This remix just doesn’t do enough to differentiate itself from the original classic.
For your listening pleasure: