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Favorite ThisMassive Attack - Teardrop (Phutureprimitive Remix)

Published: August 28, 2012
By: Anand Harsh

Sometimes epiphanies sneak up on you in the middle of the night. Of course contemporary bass music producers are going to turn to the lush catalog of UK trip-hop for source material when it comes to crafting breathtaking soundscapes from scraps of eerie atmospherics and piercing vocals. Phutureprimitive's Rain was sonically thrust back in time to a memory of roaming the aisles of a record store hearing the haunting strains of "Teardrop" from Massive Attack, which he immediately purchased. Rain shakes the heartbeat kick into a modern dub shuffle, and throws a frame or two of glitch into Elizabeth Fraser's vox. The original cut provides a blank canvas onto which Rain paints great big strokes of lazer bass and blotches of crisp cacophony, to which end he said "I made an effort to maintain the warmth and essence of the original, while giving it a new gritty edge." There is absolutely no question bass producers whose formative years encompass those early-to-mid 90's will go running to their CD collection to grab up any loose Portishead, Tricky, and yes, Massive Attack albums. Rain just opened the floodgates.

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