k.d. lang digs into vinyl crates for dance remix album ‘Makeover’


TORONTO — Dance floors are empty but k.d. lang is giving her fans a reason to celebrate with a new remix album.

The Canadian chanteuse is dusting off the old vinyl crates for “Makeover,” a selection of her 1990s dance mixes that once packed the clubs but haven’t seen the light of day on streaming services.

The digital and physical album, set for release on May 28, will feature 14 mixes of songs she released from 1992 to 2000.

Among them are reworks by prominent DJs of the era, including a version of “Sexuality” mixed by DJ Krush and “Theme from the Valley of the Dolls” done by house master Junior Vasquez.

Two dance chart No. 1 hits will also be in the batch: 1995 track “If I Were You” and “Lifted by Love,” from the soundtrack of the film “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.”

“Makeover” features cover art of a previously unseen 1995 portrait shot by pop photographer David LaChapelle.

While remix albums are hardly a new concept, record labels have been packaging new collections and re-releasing old ones during the pandemic.

Contemporary pop singers Dua Lipa and Rina Sawayama are among the mainstream stars who’ve issued full remix albums of their new music, while artists such as Destiny’s Child and Madonna have seen remixes of their older singles hit streaming services for the first time.

Lang says the dance remix album was inspired by her reflecting on communities fostered in nightclubs in the years before the internet, mobile devices and dating apps changed human interaction.

“Those dance clubs were a key to a world, which was still called ‘underground’ in the ’90s,” she said in a release.

“I also surprised myself by finding that there was a cryptic, sort of secret zone in my career, that hadn’t been explored, overlooked even by me.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 18, 2021.

David Friend, The Canadian Press