nas’s ‘the don’ is a pretty serious tune. salaam remi on production. cv of a big producer since here comes the hot steppa, fu-gee-la, made you look, bust your windows and luv a dub. this one’s a slow burner for slow summer. Nas interview here.
massive attack introduce a lot of space. live (sounding) snares evoke that a-la-mode mid 90s hip hop, but the amount of variation on tone and reverb really opens it out and gives the track more breath.
hot city’s remix brings a different level of density. jump up and bashy as fuck.
big Curtis Lynch mix from heatwave kru. Curtis has been producing great UK riddims and relicks for a few years now (refixed alicia keys too as it goes) – check his necessary mayhem imprint (buy online – JD/Dready on retro sess is a personal favourite).
Mark Morrison. returned with aplomb from nowhere. failed in an attempt to dodge community service by sending a lookalike in his place. apparently, while trying to return again got signed to a dodgy record label run by footballer Kevin Campbell (?). Sonido del Principe just upped a very nasty cumbia version of ‘return of the mac’ at his excellent generation bass blog.