Continuing their open-ended + forward-thinking music policy, the next release on OWSLA sees the label pull another left turn as they welcome veteran French DJ/producer collective Birdy Nam Nam to the fold. Vocals on 2 tracks are done by the legendary Teki Latex, head honcho of Sound Pellegrino + member of French electro/hip-hop outfit TTC. Across 4 albums + numerous EPs, the quartet made up of Crazy B, Pone, Need & Lil’ Mike have persevered in their efforts to push new sounds, epitomizing the label’s anything goes approach. The Jaded Future EP features 3 original productions from the crew as they use their hip hop background as a jumping off point to explore different refractions of their multi-faceted sound and comes backed with a varied array of remixes.
Title track “Jaded Future” sees the group laying down thick synth waves over a skittering 808 southern-style beat, warping the melodies & vocals with trademark turntable manipulations to give the track its swing. The track gets handled by UK rap upstarts Foreign Beggars who re-wire the original, swapping verses dexterously over a low-slung instrumental, while the Pelican Fly remix takes the stripped down rap fundamentals a&d reworks them into an amorphous club instrumental.
Up next “Goin’ In” heads directly for the floor, ramping the energy with its jarring rhythm, descending synths & pitched-down vocals. Label head Skrillex turns in 2 remixes here (his first since the legendary Levelstake); his ‘Goin’ Down’ mix (the title being homage to Yung Joc’s 2007 trap classic) supercharges the original with siren-like synths, staccato snares & 808 bass while his ‘Goin’ Hard’ mix ups the tempo as he fires off a snarling drum & bass production with breaks, razor -sharp synths and rampant energy. The track also gets the remix treatment from fellow countryman and Clek Clek Boom main man French Fries who reworks it into a deep and deadly percussive banger.
“Goin’ In (Skrillex “Goin’ Down” Mix)”
Rounding out the EP is “Cadillac Dreams”, a syrupy joint that pairs lush, expansive pads with screwed vocals. Culprate’s restless rework jumps from swinging rap to rapidfire breakcore percussion & back without ever losing its footing while A$AP Rocky collaborator Soufien 300 completes the package staying true to the spirit of the original while drawing it out into a languorous G-Funk haze.
Can’t wait? All this out on 07.17!