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Posted Feb 13th, 2012 (12:00 pm) by Kirk Maltais

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Pay attention. Never mind what you've heard from prognosticators before, this may be what the future of hip-hop sounds like.

OK, hear me out. If Portishead had come 20 years later, this song would be representative of how they might sound. It could be the
European origins of both groups. Sure, calling this hip-hop is misleading, as hip-hop never sounded this distant, and, you know, there's no rhyming MC. Nevertheless, the trip-hop of this remix is a legitimate showing of how hip-hop has cross-pollinated with the Garage Band generation.

This particular remix sounds like an audio representation of the cold environs of the Netherlands, where Meszahline hails from. It doesn't waste time, lulling the listener into a glacial state with the softly-sung hook. Strong synth pads and a heaping helping of reverb simulate being trapped in a frozen land; with the beat the only thing moving this song forward, this is what it is like to be encased in a block of ice.

This is a good song to put on when falling asleep is the priority. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is a comment on both the strength and weakness of this remix. The song is certainly a beauty, an ethereal trip that calmly sails what might be troubled seas. If that's your bag, then this is for you. Otherwise, this remix is a one-dynamic pony. While that might be the point, I'm not convinced I could be tranquilized into listening to a whole album of songs like this. Eventually, one must wake up.

So how is this the future of hip-hop again? It's not necessarily because of the song itself, but because the parts that crafted this could be very easily melded into the larger consciousness of what hip-hop is. Just check out the Lil Wayne/ Eminem 8-bit remix on Meszahline's SoundCloud for another hint of what may be to come in hip-hop's future. If someone takes what this remix is and adds some more dynamics into the mix, well, the results could be exciting.

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