King Krule – “Easy Easy (20syl Remix)”

King Krule - Easy Easy (20syl Remix)
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Upon first listen, King Krule’s slow, intense and rather dark “Easy Easy” does not scream “dance remix.” But French producer 20syl would beg to differ. Formerly lead rapper of the band Hocus Pocus, and one quarter of the massive French DJ group C2C, 20syl has been garnering quite a bit of attention on SoundCloud lately with his unique remixes. On some, he shows a keen eye for chopping up vocal samples with bouncy beats. But for King Krule, 20syl tastefully leaves the vocals intact, while building his own soothing, jazzy world around them. Layers include another more quiet, soulful voice, pulsating bass, delayed guitar, bells, synths, and gorgeous strings. Although it sounds like a lot, 20syl manages to balance the sound beautifully.

Atop the levels stands Archie Marshall’s heart-wrenching baritone. A stark contrast from the song’s original form, 20syl manages to make you forget that the vocal was ever meant for a couple of guitars. The beat has many of the jazz/funk elements prevalent in a lot of French house music; however, the unique pairing with such a brooding vocal creates for a standout tune.

Daniel Reyes

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