Take a Canadian electro-pop artist, give him a sprinkle of French “je ne sais quoi” and you have Diamond Rings’ newly revamped single, “I’m Just Me (YELLE DJS Remix).” Yelle strip the original song down, gives it crisp, hard punches and, in doing so, focuses all the attention on the gritty, self-empowering stength of the vocals. John O, previously of punk band the D’Ubervilles, started Diamond Rings, his solo project, after his battle with Crohn’s disease in 2008.
Now John O has not only brought the project to life with a slew of singles, but also with dynamic remixes such as this. The singer says he hopes this kind of collaboration will continue.
“I’ve been a big fan of Yelle since first hearing their debut record and was thrilled to have them take a crack at remixing ‘I’m Just Me,'” John O tells Rolling Stone. “I really wish I’d taken more French courses in high school because I’d have a way easier time singing along to their music! Fingers crossed they’ll help me put together a version of my song ‘en Français’ in the future.”
The original version of the track is on Diamond Rings’ upcoming, as yet untitled second album.