Something a little different today, as crate-digging, beat-loving producer Distinction puts forth a fresh selection of underground R&B and remixed hip hop, unearthed from the music obsessive’s habit of hunting online for new sounds.
Strongly influenced by both hip hop and R&B in his own work, Distinction is also a respected remixer with a flair for putting his own distinctive stamp on both new and much-loved tracks. His bassy rework of Danny Brown’s ‘Grown Up’, for example, quickly gathered plenty of online attention and also kicks off his Clash mix.
Distinction explained to Clash how his habit of scouring the internet for new music and artists led to him selecting the bulk of tracks for this mix:
“For this mix I have selected tracks I found and felt amidst my SoundCloud and YouTube music hunts. It mainly swings towards the new wave of R&B music that is fast emerging but I have also added a few current hip hop tracks remixed by up-and-coming producers that contrast the original cleverly into a new context, which is something I admire and try to implement into my music too. I have tried to provide a sonic journey within 60 minutes that portrays an insight to the sort of sounds that have inspired me musically and emotionally over the last few months.”
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1. Danny Brown - Grown Up [Distinction Remix]
2. GXNXVS and CVIRO - Let Me Love You
3. PartyNextDoor - West District
4. Njomza - Hold On
5. Sway Clarke II - I Don’t Need Much [GXNXVS Remix]
6. Lil Spook - Without U
7. Yung Lean - Oceans 2001
8. Travis $cott - Upper Echolon [Rook Milo Remix]
9. Denzel Curry - Threatz [Promnite Remix]
10. Shlohmo Feat. Jeremih - No More
11. SZA - Castles
12. Banks - Waiting Game [GXNXVS Remix]
13. SoDrumatic - Dance For You
14. Fwdslxsh - With You
15. Giraffage - Undress U
16. JMSN - Alone [Distinction Refix]
17. Tinashe - Boss [Ryan Hemsworth Remix]
18. Mssingno - XE2
19. Distinction - Know Your Love is True
20. FKA Twigs - Weak Spot
21. Isaac Danquah - Introspective [Prod. By Distinction]
Words: Tristan Parker
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Distinction’s latest mixtape, ‘RVST’, finds the producer reworking some of his favourite R&B tracks. You can find ‘RVST’ here.