Of all the great tracks that made up RÜFÜS’ second album Bloom, there was one that stood above the rest. The LP closer ‘Innerbloom’ became the band’s most unlikely hit — at over 10 minutes, the sprawling composition was unlike anything else the band had released to date. According to singer Tyrone Lindqvist, ‘Innerbloom’ was also “the most personal song we’ve ever written.”
The track became a centrepiece of their performances, and began appearing frequently in the setlists of many other dance acts. In March, Sydney producer What So Not officially released his own edit of the track, a thumping dancefloor-ready mix of that gained instant popularity. It seemed to open the floodgates, for suddenly ‘Innerbloom’ was being remixed by everyone from Lane 8 and HOSH, right up to dance legend Sasha. In October, RÜFÜS collated some of their favourites into the Innerbloom Remixes EP, featuring even more edits from the likes of andhim and Parker & Barrow.
Even now, there are still covers and edits surfacing. Just last week, Australian indie artists Dustin Tebbutt and Lisa Mitchell gave it a moody acoustic rework, proving its popularity isn’t confined to the dance world.
With so many versions of ‘Innerbloom’ now out there, we decided it was time to listen back through all of them and come up with a ranking of the 10 best. Here they are — see you in the comments.
Kicking off the list is a collaboration between Sao Paolo producers Zerb and Proxide. It’s by far the heaviest too: the duo decided to imbue ‘Innerbloom’ with — among other things — house crescendos, jungle rhythms, and seemingly every bass sound they could find. Strap yourselves in, it’s a wild ride.
On the flipside, Hamburg duo andhim went with a lighter approach, dismantling ‘Innerbloom’s parts and rebuilding it as a propulsive and percussion-driven cut.
Another Hamburg producer, HOSH went down a very different road to his countrymen, instead choosing to give ‘Innerbloom’ one hell of a backbeat and chopping up every inch of its melody.
If you ever wondered what ‘Innerbloom’ would sound like with a hectic drop in the middle of it, then Sydney’s Roan Psyko has you covered. The young producer took the track’s biggest elements and blew them out to something that could fill even the biggest festival tents.
Vancouver producer Tor apparently had a similar idea to andhim: spread out ‘Innerbloom’s spacey elements and inject it with a hefty dose of percussion. Unlike andhim’s cut though, Tor doesn’t throw the synth baby out with the bathwater.
The last track to appear on the Innerbloom Remixes EP, Parker & Barrow’s remix is also arguably the most experimental of the bunch.
There’s one track in this list that’s not like the others, and it’s right below. Tebbutt and Mitchell dropped their acoustic cover of the hit last week, proving that even when you strip ‘Innerbloom’ down to the bare minimum, it can still stun.
“We often use the word ‘songs’ when describing pop or folk, and tend to lean more to ‘tracks’ the closer we get to the electronic end of the spectrum,” said Tebbutt of the cover. “But for me ‘Innerbloom’ is the perfect sweet spot between both.”
After just one listen, you can see what he means.
RÜFÜS must have been pretty stoked when ‘Innerbloom’ was picked up by none other than progressive legend Sasha. There aren’t many remixers on the planet that can touch him, and as expected he gives the track a thick and thudding reboot.
If there’s one remix on the list that’s going to tug at your heartstrings, it’s this one. The San Francisco-based producer ekes out the emotions in his ‘Innerbloom’ edit, softening up the synths and slathering on a whole lot of reverb on Lindqvist’s vocals. The effect is chilling.
The first appearance of What So Not’s ‘Innerbloom’ remix came at the very end of 2015, when the producer dropped it during his set at California’s Countdown NYE festival. A few months later, the official edit arrived.
It’s now an indispensable part of his set, becoming so popular with fans that they even voted it in at #30 in the triple j Hottest 100. You don’t need to listen too hard to see why — this is what remixing is all about.
Jules LeFevre is a writer for inthemix and Music Junkee. She is on Twitter.