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GRiZ – Can’t Hold Me Down (feat. Tash Neal of The London Souls) [Freccero Remix]

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Here is my Tech House remix of Can’t Hold Me Down by GRiZ featuring Tash Neal of The London Souls! This was a pretty interesting song to remix as I wanted to combine the funky vibes from the original with an upbeat Tech House spin.

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Song Explanation

When it comes to doing remixes, there’s a lot of different motivations. Sometimes, it’s because an artist reaches out to you, other times, it’s because you hear something unique from the original. In this case, I heard some remixes of Can’t Hold Me Down, but I felt like I wanted to add something extra and unique to the original.

I decided to start this remix off with a tech house style percussion groove, doing some sampling from the original track while adding in my own unique sound design. I didn’t have the stems to the original, so I had to get creative on this remix.

As it goes into the verse, I repeat the phrase “they can’t keep me down” over and over again, playing the original sample and then again yet one octave lower to add some variation. This is also very common in Deep House, so it adds more of a unique flavor to the track.

The track then builds up into the drop, where I bring in a lot of elements immediately. I created a very punchy bass with a heavy sidechain, giving it that Tech House low end. I added in a lot of various percussive elements to create a lot of movement, making the track pop. Along with all of this, I used that funky/glitchy synth I’ve used before in various tracks, while also bringing samples from the original track in and out.

I then transition into another build, which then quickly goes into the second drop.

Upon the second drop, I kept a lot of the same elements, except I adjusted the Wavetable Position on the main synth to add a nice high end, making it stand out and adding variation.

This was a fun track to remix, as it was a fun production blending funk and house.

 

Song Lyrics

One, two, three, come on

Catch in the world
If you don’t try
For that I live
For that I die
Oh, when times get hard
They can’t give in
If you need some help
You got me and my friends
Oh, you gon’
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Can’t hold me down
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Oh, they wanna keep me down
They can’t hold me down
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
They can’t keep me
They can’t keep me down

You wanna keep the stress in
Their money and greed
But happiness, oh, I know it seems
Don’t trust the darkness
Just be alive
Let it shine from the heart list
Let it shine through the night

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Can’t hold me down
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Oh, they wanna keep me down
They can’t hold me down
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
They can’t keep me
They can’t keep me down

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