As he’s balanced hip hop production, mix engineer work and the ever-progressing concern of a growing hardware stockpile, Milwaukee-resident Riley Lake (born Will Mitchell) has also consistently dipped his toes into the realm of club music, drawing material and influence from a collection of producers, labels and crews that range from the tasteful linearity of Clone and 3024 to boundary-pushing grime outlets Goon Club All Stars and Glacial Sound. “B Goin In” is his latest foray into clubland and features both a dub mix and a delightfully fun Destiny’s Child flip. The stripped back dub mix highlight’s Mitchell’s substantial progression over the past year or so, a veritable simulacrum of the contemporary avant-garde dance that signals a bank of well-researched samples and a strong comprehension of the physical dimensions of the club space. Drop Mitchell a line on Twitter for a download and hit the jump to the stream the “B Goin In (Vocal Mix)”.
In these dark times of pop music, two of R&B’s seminal masterminds have emerged from the shadows and injected a little class into America’s pop lexicon. New singles from two of the most commercially successful acts in recent memory, Destiny’s Child and Justin Timberlake are backed by production from Pharrell and Timbaland respectively, and rather than buckling to the “EDM”-tainted sound that characterizes most of today’s radio smashes, both producers provide soulful, gritty pieces of future-oriented revivalism that make me smile.
As a genre, R&B possesses a futurism that is firmly rooted in music tradition, one of the traits that make it so critically satisfying. Old soul samples are juxtaposed against contemporary crooning, making for a rich listening experience that appeals to people young and old. In the world of half-assed electro house beats and Jason Derulo, that populist appeal is smothered by a digital sheen; cheap thrills take the place of musicality in a more traditional sense. 2013’s first two big budget singles utterly abandon the oppressive polish of the pop output of the past few years and bring back the realness. A sexy swing knocks the barrage of over-compressed kick drums out of the spotlight and I think the world is a slightly better place as a result.
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