Track of the Day: 'Champion'

Finlay Dow-Smith, who operates under the nom-de-rock Starsmith, has remixed everyone from Robyn to Lady Gaga to Passion Pit, and his production skills added just the right amount of electronic sparkle to pal Ellie Goulding’s debut, Lights. Now, he’s stepping out on his own, with a crackerjack single in the laid-back style of Sébastien Tellier. It kicks off with blurred laser gun sound effects, but soon the track shifts into a rhythm that wouldn’t be out of place in Saint-Tropez. He even mixes handclaps into the space normally reserved for high-hat once or twice. I’ll admit, I can’t tell you whether this song is dead serious or perhaps winking while laying it down in this continental European style. But that’s probably over-thinking it. Best to just ride the groove.



On iTunes (pre-order): Starsmith / "Champion" (on-sale date is August 22, 2011)

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Brendan Hasenstab is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn.

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