Romy Madley Croft’s solo single “Lifetime” arrived in September 2020 as a very welcome slice of escapist euphoria. Influenced by what she terms “emotional club music” (tracks such as “Another Chance” by Roger Sanchez, “Touch Me” by Rui Da Silva, and Todd Terry’s iconic ‘90s remix work with Everything But The Girl), the song showed off a more openly exuberant side to The xx singer. “I wrote it during the first lockdown,” she tells Apple Music. “I was craving this fast-paced, hands-in-the-air, feeling which blew away a lot of the anxiety I had at the time.” With “Lifetime” acclaimed as one of 2020’s outstanding dance tracks, she turned her attention to its remix package—and decided to draw solely from female and non-binary producer talent.
“It feels like there’s an imbalance of the number of female and non-binary people working in music that I wanted to address,” she says. “But these are also my favourite artists at the moment and I wanted to celebrate some of the amazing creative and inspiring people I had met lately. It’s not just about getting women or non-binary people for the sake of it.” Featuring an electroclash effort by planningtorock (“I really love that one,” says Romy. “I love how they have manipulated my voice and taken the track quite far from the original.”), a rave tour-de-force from Anz, plus a classy US garage take by Jayda G and HAAI's dreamy reworking, it’s a package that will highlights the dexterity of the song—and just how good all its version will sound in the places they truly belongs.