Electronic duo Sylvan Esso partnered with producer/multi-instrumentalists Terrance Martin and Robert Glasper for a grooving, jazz-inspired remix of “Ferris Wheel” – a track off their latest album, Free Love.
Martin – who has previously collaborated with the likes of Snoop Dogg, YG, Kendrick Lamar, and Stevie Wonder – and Glasper, whose credits include work with Erykah Badu and Jay Z, offered a new take on the track – adding mellow piano lines, finger snaps, and a slick saxophone interlude.
“We are so honored to be remixed by Terrace Martin, who we are gigantic fans of,” said Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn. “The surprise addition of Robert Glasper was an absolute joy.”
Collectively, Martin and Glasper have a total of ten Grammy nominations, including three wins for Glasper’s solo work and two Album of the Year nods for Martin’s work on Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and good kid, m.a.a.d. city.
Sylvan Esso first released “Ferris Wheel” over the summer, alongside the announcement of their third studio album. Since then, the duo performed the irresistible tune live on the bed of a moving flatbed truck for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, re-created the music video entirely in Animal Crossing (complete with custom outfits), and released an ASL lyric video for the song.
Martin and Glasper’s remix follows a deep house take on the single, courtesy of producer and DJ Maya Jane Coles. It also comes on the heels of several singles off the new record, including “Frequency,” “Rooftop Dancing,” and, the recent “Free.”
Looking ahead, the duo is readying for the second and third installments of their three-date virtual concert series, Live from the Satellite. Meath and Sanborn kicked off the series in October. Tickets are currently on sale for their November 17 and December 1 shows, both of which stream live at 9:00 pm EST.
Since its release in September, Free Love has captured rave reviews from a wide variety of outlets, including Consequence of Sound, Paste, the New York Times, and Entertainment Weekly, who called the LP “one of the year’s most resonant, warm, necessary albums.”
Free Love is out now and can be bought here.