Monday, 6 December 2010

Fireworks (feat. Alicia Keys) (Deadboy Slo-Mo House Edit) // Drake // Self Released

Apperently, Deadboy isn't that keen on Drake, as his remix of Fireworks does not contain any of his rapping, despite it being his track. What it does have is Alicia Keys vocal, but pitchshifted so to be unrecognizable, sounding more like some early 00's garage singer. In fact, the track is a complete reinvention, starting out with sparse piano chords (I would say influenced by James Blakes' Klavierwerke, but as far as I can tell this has been hanging round on the internet longer), and an understated house beat, with 2step syncopation propelling it along. Alicia keys vocal wraps round the skeleton, the repeating "all we see are fireworks" is strangely affecting as it shifits in and out of focus, and shifts up and down in pitch. With all the haunting melancholia it is no doubt greatly indebted to Burial, especially with the slow-burning bass hum. Deadboy flirted with the sadder, deeper side of bass music with last years great U Cheated EP, but on this track he has taken it to rediculous levels. But whatever, it is just a great track.

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