After hooking up on the second half of Acid Rap highlight “Pusha Man” (a.k.a.”Paranoia”), the pairing of Nosaj Thing and Chance The Rapper have captured brilliance once again. This time around, Chance is the featured artist on Nosaj Thing’s first single for his upcoming studio effort Fated. We find Chance away from the horns of the Social Experiment we’ve been accustomed to lately and he shines in a somber display of his versatility.
The most underrated artist of this decade finally received a remix to one of his many gems this week. BenZel embarked on the ambitious task of re-constructing Jai Paul’s “Str8 Outta Mumbai” and created a wildly smooth interpretation. For those unfamiliar with Jai Paul, think the Jai Electronica of modern R&B. Paul’s anonymity and smoldering hot self titled EP have left fans clamoring for new material since it surfaced on the web in early 2013. If you haven’t heard it, get your hands on it because it is in every sense of the word a masterpiece.
The next Flying Lotus has arrived and he goes by the name of Sam Gellaitry. The bouncy chords and overall understated nature of his work is a refreshing commodity in an electronic music scene whose mainstream perception is still largely characterized by aimless, attention grabbing noise and over-aggression.
No Tv No Radio gives “All Day” a treatment that at first is reminiscent of “All of the Lights (Interlude)” and all its beauty. The beauty is quickly flipped into a menacing trap beat that keeps nothing but the response to Mr. West’s calls and Allan Kingdom’s refrain.
Jack Ü’s record breaking self-titled EP was heavily reliant on its guest spots and the strength of their performances. Prime example:”Where Are Ü Now” and Justin Bieber’s (surprisingly) flawless vocal. However, “Mind” found half of the super-duo, Skrillex, going back to his front man roots and belting out “IMMA SHOW YOU HOW TO LOVE AGAIN” on the pre-chorus. StéLouse gave the track a synth parade chorus that, and I don’t say this lightly, feels every bit like a GANZ flip.
However you classify this Hermitude remix of ODESZA’s “Say My Name”, it uses standard tropical house elements (see: soft female vocal and steel drums) in an imaginative, decidedly trap influenced way. Hermitude seems hungry to prove that a Flume remix won’t be what defines their career.
Diplo is one of the very few producers who could touch this blissful masterpiece and do it justice. While this one probably greets you in more of a club setting, the sincerity and undeniable catchiness of the vocal remains. Long live PC music.