Glasgow’s Chvrches burst on to the scene last winter with Recover, a surprisingly self-assured debut from a young group that suggested big things ahead. A year later, Brooklyn producer Kingdom reimagines that sparkling synth-pop single as a plea from a forgotten alleyway in an unforgiving urban landscape.
Indeed, Kingdom’s work (see also: the sparse Cut 4 Me from Kelela’s 2013 LP of the same name) often conjures up images of bleak city life, but without relying on any of the tropes commonly employed by other artists to evoke similar moods. Here, the scene is a moonlit night beneath the shadows of towering buildings on all sides, with the remains of the evening’s rain dripping down from the gutters high above our heads. Pick up Chvrches’ Recover EP when it’s out March 10.