Alright so stay with me here. In February of 2012, folk star, Anais Mitchell, released her fifth studio album, Young Man In America, featuring the emotional piano ballad, “Coming Down.” A month after its release, Bon Iver was in Australia for the Golden Plains festival and happened to stop by the Triple J studios for a short, 2-song performance for their Like A Version series, where artists play one of their own compositions and then finish up by performing a cover of a song that has influenced them in a positive way. For Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, the latter happened to be the then-recent single from Anais Mitchell, and the performance and new rendition went viral.
Enter German House producers, Monkey Safari. Carrying on Vernon’s heartbreaking vocals and the cover’s warm piano chords, the brothers of Monkey Safari created an unbelievably refreshing dance version which they dubbed “Hi Life” as a play on the song’s lyrics, posting it to their Soundcloud earlier this fall.
It now appears as if Ministry of Sound has signed the track for a release and also commissioned French Express feel-good captain, Jonas Rathsman, for a remix, who has added his signature Tropical feel but kept the integral beauty of the original to do the real talking.
It’s been a long journey for this track, but it’s encouraging to see that even a song written in the folk world can somehow find its way into dance music. Listen below and keep an eye on Ministry of Sound for its release date.