Alan Braxe has shared a new bonus track from his forthcoming reissue of the compilation The Upper Cuts, which is out March 31 via the Domino imprint Smugglers Way. “Never Coming Back” features Annie and comes with an animated video from Sophie Koko. Watch it below.
“I first met Annie virtually, just listening to her vocals as I was remixing her song ‘Heartbeat’ in 2005,” Braxe said in a statement. “I could hear in her voice both softness and strength and I found it very touching. Since then I always thought that we should work on a song one day. Last year, I sent her an instrumental demo and when she then told me that she was up for it, we recorded the vocals in Bergen, Norway, and chose the theme of escaping a problematic relationship and regaining freedom.”
“I’ve been such a fan of Alan Braxe and the universe of French house for years,” Annie added, “and to me it’s the ultimate party music… takes me to the best place every time I listen to these ultimate classics. Years ago Alan B. did a brilliant remix of my own single ‘Heartbeat,’ so it was so fun to do a track together after all this time. ‘Never Coming Back’ is basically about someone getting out of a toxic relationship. Tired of the past, looking for the future, and this time you’re finally on your own and ready for something new.”
Read Pitchfork’s 2022 interview with Alan Braxe, “The Return of French House Pioneers Alan Braxe and DJ Falcon.”