Brooklyn-based music producer and remixer Alan Wilkis is accustomed to remixing other artists, including Yelle, Yeasayer, Phantogram and the Very Best. Now, 18 months after remixing RJD2′s “The Shining Path,” the producer returns the favor, revamping Wilkis’ track “Come and Go” featuring Brooklyn duo the Kickdrums.
“Musically, I wanted to explore the common space in between extreme opposites,” Wilkis tells Hive of the original track, which blends smooth, balladic rock with squelchy electronic music. “I wanted to create something that felt both in slow-motion and hyper-speed at the same time and something that felt hard-hitting — like a punch to the gut — while still feeling uplifting and positive.”
RJD2 lays down live instrumentation and warms up Wilkis’ electronic-based original. For Wilkis, it’s the perfect way to approach a remix. “I think he takes the idea of the song and transports it to a completely different context, which is exactly what a great remix should do,” Wilkis says. “The original song is so electronic and technology-oriented, whereas RJ’s remix is completely organic; he played each of those parts — the drums, keys, bass — live in his studio. I love it.” So do we, man. So do we.
PRINTS is out now on Wilcassettes.Alan Wilkis - Come and Go (RJD2 Remix)