Rumpus Song Premiere: Speck Mountain’s Badwater, Remixed by John Mörk

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The Rumpus is excited to debut John Mörk’s remix of “Badwater,” the title track off Speck Mountain’s third full-length album, released earlier this year.

Mörk got a hold of “Badwater” and gave the dream-pop song a significant makeover, disco-style. Still, fans of the original track will be glad to find that Marie-Claire Balabanian’s evocative vocals remain the focal point around which Mörk’s dancier version is crafted.

Formerly of the house-music duo The Sound Republic, the Chicago producer has reinvented himself as simply “Mörk” and is etching out a place for himself in the deep house/indie dance/nu-disco community. Mörk throws a monthly indie dance/nu-disco party called that is proving to be a rallying point around the indie-dance sound in Chicago.

Put on your dancing shoes and have a listen!


Marisa Siegel lives, writes, and edits near NYC. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Her essay “Inherited Anger” appears in the anthology Burn It Down (Seal Press, 2019) and her debut poetry chapbook, Fixed Stars, is forthcoming from Burrow Press in 2022. She is editor-in-chief and owner of The Rumpus. Follow her on Twitter at @marisasaystweet. More from this author →