A couple o' weeks back our local Calgarian legend (and all-around swell fella) Defunk geared up with SKIO Music to throw together a remix contest for one of the tracks off his latest EP, "Empire" -- original track linkie here.
Suffice to say, I was amply elated to leap at the opportunity to dismantle and re-assemble his tune with an Alyag-ish twist. 'Twas admittedly my first time working with a trap/hip-hop sorta track, so it took a few listens and thorough ponders to sort out precisely how I could make it fit within my usual melodic instrumental mold.
Having eventually unraveled the stems in Ableton, the part I'd immediately latched onto was the piano bit right at the end of the original track. It reminded me of Parov Stelar's album Coco (most namely the track, "Distance"), and suddenly I'd imagined the heavier hip-hop feel adopting a slightly faster swing groove, with the underlying orchestral instruments taking a greater space in the spotlight, accompanied by acoustic guitar strums. The first drop takes to that swing with a heavy, almost psy-glitchy attitude, while the second erupts into a full-blown drum-n'-bass crescendo with layers of orchestral strings, hypersaws, chugging guitar harmonies, and then some.
Regardless of the remix contest results (which won't be announced for another couple of weeks), I'm super jazzed on having had the chance to do this 'un, and -- much like any other remix/collab in the past -- learned a tremendous deal about my own sound and production style. And, if you're of mind to support my endeavors in the contest, I humbly ask that you click the image linkie below to listen, like, and perhaps even share the track so's to draw some attention to it (which definitely helps with said contest).
Thanks, as per always, for your generous listens, friends!