Hundred Waters – “Show Me Love” (Skrillex Remix) (Singles Going Steady)

Hundred Waters' new song combines the band's layered vocal harmonies with surprisingly smooth electronic production from Skrillex.

Emmanuel Elone: For a band that has been praised for their unique blend of organic and synthetic sounds, it’s no wonder that Hundred Waters’ new song combines the band’s layered vocal harmonies with surprisingly smooth electronic production from Skrillex. Moses Sumney and Robin Hannibal have some great performances, but Chance the Rapper’s verse is a bit dull lyrically and flow-wise. Also, there are a few moments where the beat doesn’t complement the band’s vocals. Overall, though, “Show Me Love” (Skrillex Remix) is a pretty good song, but Chance’s verse and a few other inconsistencies here and there prevent it from being the stellar song that it had the possibility of being. [6/10]

Jordan Blum: Although it has some nice photography, the video feels too much like a mash up of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” video and a Pepsi commercial. Still, there’s a positive vibe to it that makes it very relevant. The music is average remix fare, really, aside from the ethereal touches near the end. Vocally, it’s an interesting mixture of harmonies and male/female counterpoints. Overall, it’s appealing but nothing really special. [6/10]

Chris Ingalls: The overmodulated production almost causes the song to collapse under its own weight, but Skrillex knows what he’s doing. The tender vocals and quiet storm drum machine are perfectly complemented by the harsh rhymes and beats of the remix’s guests and as a result, the whole track is taken up several notches with this makeover. It’s over-the-top, sure, but remixes usually are. [7/10]

Pryor Stroud: While the original was a spartan digi-folk hymn, Skrillex’s new version of “Show Me Love” is a booming, exuberantly animated sequence of deep-in-love pronouncements interconnected with boom-bap percussion and behind-the-scenes synth tapestries. The foundational plea — “Show me love / Show me love / Show me love” — remains, except now it is further modulated and intensified by the instrumental dynamics lofting it forward. Each different articulation of the phrase begins to accumulate a distinct connotation, as if Hundred Waters are now expounding upon their initial request: “show me” how your fingers wrap around my fingers, “show me” why you look at me the way you do, and “show me”, if you can, how to best love you in return. [6/10]

Chad Miller: The vocal effect was really interesting at the beginning, but it soon wore out its welcome. It doesn’t help that the lyrics aren’t that interesting either. Sumney and Chance’s verses sound pretty good, but it still feels like there’s not a ton of substance to go off of. [6/10]

SCORE: 6.20