Markus Schulz & Smiley - The Dreamers
Now when we say Smiley’s a “singer/songwriter”, we might not be giving the Romanian hyperstar quite his due. He is after all a man you could call - without much fear of argument - the leading light of the Romanian music scene. Smiley’s the longest serving coach on Romania’s The Voice; co-presents Romania’s Got Talent; wakes up to a wall full of platinum (discs) and - *deep breath* - his most recent album, ‘#Confession’, hit 175 million YouTube views the other week. An entertainment polymath of 20 years standing, with charisma to burn (and whose artist name pretty much says it all), his artistic connection with Schulz was instantaneous.
For ‘The Dreamers’ single package, Markus brings a suite of new interpretations to its April 12 release. On his Extended Mix, he gathers all the elements that ignited the album version and takes them to their natural conclusion. Smiley’s longing verses assume an even more reflective tone, while the Romanian’s elevating chorus - backed by Markus’s strummed, acoustically-flecked guitars and rousing key changes, stamp it ‘S’ for Summer.
Assuming evermore-clubby forms, through its new Festival and In Bloom reworks, Markus brilliantly ushers his ‘Dreamers’ into the night. Across the two mixes he loads the dice with freighted bass, undulating chords & electro-like accents before trancey synths & chords serve the mixes’ their primetime soar.
Tying up the package, through his rework Paul Damixie swings ‘The Dreamers’ back around to their origin point. Giving it all-day-play appeal, he cools its tempo, applies some trop house sway and, with his breezy harmonicas, sends Markus & Smiley’s ‘Dreamers’ to the beach.