REVIEW: Priceless Lion (feat. DJ Shaw-T) — Superhero — EDM Remix (SINGLE)
Priceless Lion has everything going for him at this stage of his career. He’s young, he’s hungry, and he’s been dropping a mad string of singles since 2018 that have consistently been getting him attention from all the right corners of the pop underground. Some would opine that he’s following a viral path that a lot of others have struggled to find a firm footing on, and personally, I would have to agree with them; hence, his new single “Superhero — EDM Remix” with DJ Shaw-T feels like an automatic mainstream hit. Although not completely centralized around its sleek pop harmonies, this is a song that stands to do a lot better than its original mix did, and for several reasons that might surprise this player’s biggest followers.
First up, what DJ Shaw-T and Priceless Lion have going in the booth together here is off the hook and arguably reason enough to pick up a copy of this remix as soon as possible. Whether it’s the connectivity of the bassline and the groove or just the nimble speed at which the arrangement is executed and brought together, they sound as if they’ve been waiting for this chance to work together for a long time now. Rather than trying to compete for the lion’s share of the attention (no pun intended), they’re playing off of each other’s cues like a couple of bandmates rather than contemporary pop collaborators, and what they get done by working together so closely is akin to a breakthrough moment in both of their developing careers.
I really love this balance between the beats and the vocal, and while I don’t think it needed as much of a buffer from the synths as we’re getting in this remix, I can also see where going bigger and better than necessary would have some aesthetical value. There’s an awful lot of minimalism penetrating the mainstream at the moment, but few players who are willing to try and experiment with the parameters of indulgence the way the previous generation did. I’m not telling anyone they have to go old school, but I do think there’s something to be gained from a little bit of retrospection along the lines of what Priceless Lion and DJ Shaw-T are engaging in here.
While I hadn’t been very impressed with the lot of collaborations to have landed on my desk in the past few months up until this recent release, I can firmly declare that “Superhero — EDM Remix” isn’t just a terrific meeting of the minds — it’s a remix pop fans shouldn’t be ignoring this season. There’s nowhere to go but out of this world in the pop genre at this moment in history, and I respect the willingness to break free from this atmosphere that a player like Priceless Lion seems so appealing to me this year. He doesn’t care where the competition is drawing their line in the sand; he’s pushing forward, and bring together some of the beats and melodies I’ve heard from him thus far in “Superhero — EDM Remix.”