Hip-hop legend DJ Premier remixing one of my favorite tracks of the year? I downloaded this as soon as I heard it. I was at a loss for how he could pull this off, but he does so impeccably, replacing the beat with a slow piano line and some drums that KNOCK. I like this version easily as much as the original. From Disclosure’s new album Settle: The Remixes, which you can get here.
FlyLo and Thundercat give us a dope, unexpected remix of one of the best tracks from Yeezus. Who’d have thought that such beautiful, mellow instrumentation would work over such an energetic, aggressive song? Anyway, the results are worth hearing at the least. Thundercat continues to impress me with his skill, I just wish he had more than one sound.
A really fun, light house track from Jump the Gun. It’s got an extremely danceable beat, and a drop that’s got just the right amount of bass. I wish it was still summer so I could bump this at a beach party, but alas. The artwork is also perfect. It looks like a fourth grader’s folder.
This is the Royce that I love. Lyrical murder with a cocky sense of humor throughout the whole thing. And barely any homophobia or misogyny, which is a rare thing for him.
This song is fucking amazing. The original was dope and this remix shits all over the original. Crazy verses from everyone, especially Shabba himself. I saw an interview with Ferg where he says that immediately after they shot the video for the original, Shabba went into the studio and recorded over the entire song, and they just chose the best verse to stick on the remix. The one thing is that I wish there was a new Rocky verse on it too, but I’m still not complaining. P.S. Busta is getting back on his shit, so watch out.
AlunaGeorge are one of the best new R&B acts out, so any remix of them is bound to at least catch my eye. Ta-Ku chops up Aluna’s already-chopped-up vocals from “Best Be Believing,” eliminating any words at all, and leaving us with only “na na”s and his production. There’s some really cool stuff in here, especially the first drop, and the Jersey Club bits (I’m really liking this new Jersey Club thing). Definitely worth a spin at your next dance-oriented gathering.
A pretty cool remix of one of my favorite Pusha songs, and one of the few occasions on which Tyler hasn’t irritated me. Scottish producer Rustie is at his best here, with an aggressive, treble-heavy, synth-driven beat for the verses, and an almost-80s, funky, bass-line-driven beat for the hook. I’m not sure if I’d dance to it, but it goes hard regardless.