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Even as Aaron Maine has evolved his Porches guise from its indie rock beginnings to a more dance and synth-pop-focused trajectory, his music has retained a deep sense of intimacy — it’s often as if he’s sharing straight from the pages of his diary. The NYC-based musician brings this same sensibility to his Porches remix of MNDR’s “Love in Reverse (feat. Empress Of),” deconstructing the already forlorn sentiment of the original to expose the rawest of emotions. Here, the song’s rolling rhythms have been stripped to a skeletal beat, while the bright, colorful synths are gray-scaled to a muted sparkle. MNDR’s yearning melodies are front and center. Unlike a traditional remix, with its pulsing production aimed for the dance floor, Porches has turned this song inward and instead asks the listener to simply let go… and feel.


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Around the same time that MNDR’s debut album, Feed Me Diamonds, was released, an anonymous musician/producer introduced herself with a series of gorgeously abstract, minute-long music pieces uploaded to YouTube. We’d soon learn the identity behind these beguiling “colorminutes” vignettes: Empress Of (a/k/a Lorely Rodriguez). Fast forward to 2021, and Empress Of is deservedly a household name in the electronic-pop music world, and also a kindred spirit to MNDR, who invited her to contribute to the upcoming album, Hell to Be You Baby. With composer Hudson Mohawke sitting next to longtime MNDR producer/collaborators Peter Wade and Babydaddy, the “Love in Reverse” single sways between shimmering, beat-less verses and rolling, percussive refrains that complement the vocal interplay. When MNDR yearningly confesses “I know it hurts,” Empress Of softly echos the same words in empathy, as if it were two friends confiding.


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