May 20, 2010

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At the risk of reiterating Sach’s point from yesterday, it’s impossible to ignore the influence of Dre and Timbaland on bass music, particularly the Bristol iteration. With Rusko tabbed to produce for Britney Spears and Rihanna incorporating ersatz dubstep on Rated R, the two seemingly disparate genres are on track for a collision course — a trend evidenced by (among others) Hudson Mohawke’s Tweet Remixes, Shlohmo’s Khia remixes, and Gemmy’s recent transformation of “Quicksand” by English electro-pop duo La Roux. Slowing the tempo down and inserting squelching bass, 8-Bit bleeps, and steel blade synths, Gemmy turns a champagne pop anthem into a leaden opium dirge, one more fitting for the track’s bleak lyrics. A good Samaritan ought to slip Gemmy’s number to Janelle Monae, before Lady Gaga gets her claws on it.

Download:
MP3: La Roux – “Quicksand (Gemmy Remix)”