Childish Gambino-Silk Pillow ft. Beck

The third instalment of Gambino’s recent free-leases, and he’s snagged a huge name on the feature here as alternative legend Beck lends a hand to help Childish make it three good releases on the trot.

The production is very clever throughout, tailoring to each artist’s strengths in their respective sections. Beck opens the track backed by some fantastic piano work and a sharp percussion, with his almost spoken-word style combining with those provisions for an alt-pop sound. The track threatens a metamorphosis after Beck’s contribution by switching briefly into an electronic transition, before going back to the chords and drums for Gambino’s raps. The switches are made back and forth again part-way through his verse, before the track closes with an instrumental that fully transforms into the electro style. It’s a diverse and dynamic listen that’s impossible to box into a genre, and as a result will go down well with Gambino fans.

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Lykke Li-Get Some Remixes By Beck and Mike D

Lykke Li hooks up with two very unexpected collaborators for official remixes to her superb Get Some single. The Beck remix turns the lively track into a slower, echoed effort that gives it a slightly darker and more atmospheric feel. The production is almost entirely stripped out here, and the vocals are slightly altered (especially on the hook), making for an interesting new perspective on the single.

Mike D of the Beastie Boys opts for a hip-hop style on the production, throwing in a percussion that would fit into most modern-day hip-hop tracks and accompanying it with videogame-esque synths that alternate between a retro and futuristic vibe, making for another fresh perspective on the track.

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