Today, Sophia Bel unveils the No More - Extended Flavour Pack remix EP. This latest effort comes just a few months after the release of Princess of the Dead, Vol. II, her first offering via Bonsound. Launched in November 2020, the EP sees the Montreal-based singer and producer assert herself and explore an even wider range of styles and genres through a nostalgic lens. Ushered in with her “spine tingling ghosting anthem” You’re Not Real You’re Just A Ghost and the kaleidoscopic Voyage Astral, Princess of the Dead, Vol. II made its way to the second position on the earshot! chart. Bonsound is also pleased to announce that Sophia Bel has now joined their booking roster.
Thanks to Durante, Baltra and Frost, No More, a song that recounts an intense and captivating journey, is reinterpreted and reaches new audiences. Why settle for just one flavour when you could taste them all? asks Sophia Bel. Give me sweet, give me sour, give bitter to devour. No more vanilla cake, why should all these colors go to waste?
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Leading the way on No More - Extended Flavour Pack is a deep house version of the drum'n'bass track, presented by Los Angeles-based producer and DJ Durante. Drawn to the intersection of house and techno, he strives to create a body of work that is as versatile as his experiences, crafted with thumping bass, building moods with melodic chords that he garnishes with tribal percussive textures - all singular features that we recognize in his remix.
Next up is New-Yorker Baltra, who was immediately drawn to Sophia Bel's voice. He offers a rendition of No More that is true to his style, which is an exploration of the depths and nuances of electronic music. The DJ explains how sounding so enchanting and angelic, I couldn't resist the urge to have her vocals live in a deep, acid-tinged world. Led by a haunting 3-chord piano progression, acid bassline, and accompanying drums, I wanted to create an atmosphere that felt as if it could have existed 25 years in the past and 25 years in the future at the same time.
The final remix comes from electronic music DJ and producer Frost. Particularly known for his focus on a deep melancholic sound and crisp production, the London-based artist unveils a club-friendly remix built around the song's original bassline riff, energized by driven percussion and a four-on-the-floor beat. Frost mentions loving the bassline riff from the original track, so I decided to keep it as a main element in the remix. The breakdown is centred around Sophia’s beautiful, enchanting vocals. Tension is built with persistent bells, an arpeggiated synth-line, and repetition of the very catchy chorus.
About Sophia Bel
Born to a Quebecois father and a Dutch-American mother, Sophia Bel grew up intrigued by the mysterious sounds of trip-hop and drum ‘n’ bass in the era of Britney and Christina. Her black fingernail polish made her the target of bullies at her school in suburban Quebec City, earning her the nickname “Princess of the Dead.” Anointing her sophomore EP with these hurtful nicknames, she’s begun to reclaim her identity. Not afraid to cover vastly different sonic territory with every release, Bel focuses on capturing the right feeling in that moment. Sophia Bel doesn't want the listener to ever get too comfortable with their surroundings. She plucks from a diverse array of musical styles to assemble her unique soundscape which mixes underground electronic music, skater punk, guitar folk, and even Québécois hippie music, tinting her otherwise modern perspective. In Sophia Bel’s world, clichés are ripe for deconstructing.