Michelle Chamuel – Usher’s “Climax (Michelle Chamuel Remix)” (audio) (Premiere)

The Voice season 4 runner-up Michelle Chamuel takes to remixing a classic tune by her mentor on that program: Usher's "Climax".

After being the runner-up to the fourth season of the American version of The Voice, Michelle Chamuel hasn’t let her musical ambitions rest. Having already cut her teeth in a group dynamic with the band Ella Riot (formerly known as My Dear Disco), Chamuel has now readied her first full-length pop LP, Face the Fire, following several solo EPs, a duo album (2011’s s/he), and an electronic album (2013’s All I Want, under the name The Reverb Junkie).

To get a sense of Chamuel’s pop smarts, you can stream her remix of Usher’s “Climax” below. (Usher was her initial “mentor” during her stint on The Voice.) She’s already proven her remixing chops before, particularly with her spin on Adele’s “Turning Tables”, and now she can add this fine interpretation to her résumé.

Chamuel tells PopMatters a bit about her decision to remix Usher’s song, “‘Climax; has been a favorite tune of mine for a long time, for its composition, cutting-edge production, and killer vocal arrangement. ‘Climax’ has been very influential as a mix and production reference for me this past year. I wanted to bring certain feelings I heard in the track and play with the sounds. I used the original vocal and vocal FX stems and built from there.”

Face the Fire is out on 10 February via The End Records/ADA. You can purchase the album at this link.