Ellie Goulding‘s surprising collaboration with Diplo, “Close to Me” – featuring Swae Lee – was released last October and shot straight up the charts – and after 200 million streams, it is currently sitting at #8. The accompanying video, shot in Budapest, was perhaps her most visually stunning to date.
But where the original was sly and sultry, a new remix by Felix Cartal revs up it to the level of exhilarating. The hotter than hot Canadian DJ-producer gives it a high-energy house groove, imbuing the lyrics, “I don’t want to be somebody / Without your body close to me / ‘Cause I’m an animal like you,” with a decidedly feral sensuality.
But it’s not all about the music. Last month at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Ms. Goulding met with leading climate scientists at their Arctic Basecamp, promising her support for their crucial climate action.