Ekali drops a remix of Flume's newie, announces debut Australian tour
Get to the know the Canadian beat-maker ahead of his debut Australian tour, which kicks off in March.
If you're a big fan of your trap bangers, chances are you've come across Ekali. Originally he was well known for his R&B infused, sultry electronica, which saw him earn production credits on Drake's latest full-length, but lately he's been repping a much more ferocious sound. Following up from the heaving, horn-dominated Threatz remix and his synth-soaked Gemini re-do (which we covered HERE), aswell as remixes for Gallant and Ta-Ku, the RBMA graduate has dropped a remix for the Vince Staples and KUČKA featuring Flume single Smoke and Retribution, which dropped literally only the other day.
Whilst the original was already quite a tune, a big one at that, Ekali has re-adjusted the original's dark atmosphere and arrangement to transform the single into a more complex, raw production. Working with the original's vocals, Ekali's remix is more complex yet at the same time stripped-back, with sombre keys and synth chords swirling behind KUČKA's chorus line, which suddenly explodes into a synth-heavy drop, packed with bass, drums and brass stabs. Between the almost metallic sounding synth that accompanies Vince Staples' verse and the melodic instrumental breakdown that ends the remix, Ekali's Smoke and Retribution is not just quick off the mark (it's no doubt the first major remix of the single to drop), but also complicated and refined, veering away from the original but only just enough to keep that overall Flume vibe with that slight yet noticable, Ekali touch. The don will be hitting up a couple of clubs around Australia and New Zealand later this year as a part of his sprawling world tour, so be sure to stay tuned for more Ekali goodness coming your way soon.