Emily King Is Uncontainable On Dance-Ready Machinedrum Remix Of ‘Can’t Hold Me’: Exclusive


New York-based singer-songwriter Emily King is going to be one tough dance partner to keep up with on the remix for her single “Can’t Hold Me,” premiering today (Sept. 30) exclusively on Billboard

The song comes from an upcoming remix set that will reimagine King’s latest album Scenery, released in February. The fittingly-named Change of Scenery: Remix EP arrives on Oct. 11 ATO Records with remixes by the likes of Taylor McFerrin, Wantigga and the previously released Wynne Bennett-produced “Forgiveness” single. 

“When ATO approached me with the remix concept, I was really excited about the prospect of having a fresh take on these records," King tells Billboard. “Plus, I grew up in the '90s, when remixes were almost mandatory to an artist’s catalogue. It’s been super fun hearing how these talented artists interpret the music in ways I wouldn’t have imagined.”

The latest remix comes from North Carolina native Machinedrum, who chops up the original’s dreamy flourishes and funky backbeat to create a collage of kaleidoscopic exuberance. The intimate, sensual tension that King dances around on the original track becomes an all-out sultry affair as the new production makes space for an irresistible dance beat led by propulsive production and spacey synths. 

“‘Can’t Hold Me,’ like most of Emily’s songs, is such a powerfully visual song,” Machinedrum adds. “This feeling of independence that the lyrics evoke inspired me to make a celebratory version of the song.”

Change of Scenery will coincide with a massive U.S. tour supporting Sara Bareilles, with dates listed below the jump.

Catch the Machinedrum remix of “Can’t Hold Me” below and check out the EP pre-save link here.

Tour Dates

Oct. 5 — Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre  

Oct. 6 — Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry House

Oct. 8 — Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater

Oct. 11 — Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena

Oct. 12 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena

Oct. 13 — New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

Oct. 15 — Chicago, IL @ United Center

Oct. 16 — St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

Oct. 18 –: Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

Oct. 19 — West Valley City, UT @ Maverik Center

Oct. 22 — Seattle, WA @ WAMU Theater

Oct. 24 — Portland, OR @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Oct. 26 — San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center

Oct. 29 — San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU

Oct. 30 — Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre

Nov. 1 — Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center

Nov. 2 — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

Nov. 11 — Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre

Nov. 12 — Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

Nov. 15 — Moon Township, PA @ UPMC Events Center

Nov. 16 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia

Nov. 18 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia

Nov. 19 — Washington, DC @ The Anthem

Nov. 20 — Washington, DC @ The Anthem

Nov. 22 — Jacksonville, FL @ Daily's Palace

Nov. 23 — Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center

Nov. 24 — Orlando, FL @ Amway Center 

Nov. 26 — Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre