Zedd’s ‘Lost in Japan’ remix is a feel-good fusion of pop and electronic
Shawn Mendes sings of a lover who he just “can’t get off his mind” in “Lost in Japan,” the second single released off of Mendes’ same-titled third studio album. Zedd‘s newly minted remix of the song induces an irresistibility akin to that of the track’s love interest in that much like Mendes, listeners simply won’t be able to get this rework off their minds. Chances are they wouldn’t want to, anyway.
Zedd dresses up Mendes’ guitar-grounded original with electronic accessories that lend a bubbly animation to the production. A tasteful piano melody provides an introduction, setting a smooth sonic stage for the refined re-envisioning that remains delightfully yet to come in those initial few seconds of the song. Peppy, spirited synth work ebbs and flows at mid tempo, fluidly but unhurriedly leading listeners from verse to vocal hook.
“Lost In Japan” represents Zedd’s formal return to the remix ring, a space from which Zedd has remained noticeably absent in recent years. The last remix to bear the Zedd stamp was the producer’s 2016 take on DJ Snake‘s “Let Me Love You.” A feel-good and expertly harmonized follow-up to the melancholic “Happy Now,” Zedd’s “Lost In Japan” remix effortlessly evidences the producer’s knack for the pop/electronic hybrid, a fusion that is by no means new, but one that Zedd uncannily reinvents with each successive crossover that he releases.