Lesley Gore – “You Don’t Own Me” (The Heroic Enthusiasts Remixes)

Lesley Gore’s signature track “You Don’t Own Me” was a success upon its original 1963 release, presenting a soaring and melodic feminist anthem that continues to be revered today, appearing frequently in media, and covered by a variety of artists — from Joan Jett to Christina Aguilera. Electronic-minded interpretations of the classic remain somewhat sparse, though two remixes from New York-based project The Heroic Enthusiasts certainly succeed in that regard.

The “Enthusiastic Mix” dazzles with its escalating bass line and culminating washes of synths, emphasizing the “love to be free,” vocal sample with soulful, club-ready tonal qualities. The final minute enthralls in its sparser, piano-laden haunts. Meanwhile, the “Heroic Mix” touts a blaring, triumphant initial fervency that descends seamlessly into a moodier, nocturnal “you don’t own me,” lushness. The former’s more charged-up ardency, and the “Heroic Mix” patient unfolding, showcase The Heroic Enthusiasts’ production chops across both immediate vibrancy and darker intrigue.

Stream both remixes:

The “Enthusiastic Mix” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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