20 Songs, 1 Hour 21 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Kelela’s debut album, Take Me Apart, producers Jam City, Bok Bok, and Arca leaned into a synth-streaked tomorrow while the singer glanced back at classic R&B. This remixes collection pulls her elastic sound in even more directions. Some are old-school: Joey LaBeija slows “Better” into Detroit house’s loping groove, while serpentwithfeet triggers silky ’90s flashbacks by adding his own voice to Kelela’s multi-tracked chorus. Others chart club music’s global future: DJ Lag brings the staggering drums and stabbing keys of South African gqom, while Nídia funnels the chunky percussion of Portuguese batida into a crisply stepping bass assault. The balance of raw rhythmic energy and ethereal production is perfected on Divoli S’vere’s ballroom-ready remix of “Truth or Dare,” in which hammering kicks are wrapped in velvety harmonies.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Kelela’s debut album, Take Me Apart, producers Jam City, Bok Bok, and Arca leaned into a synth-streaked tomorrow while the singer glanced back at classic R&B. This remixes collection pulls her elastic sound in even more directions. Some are old-school: Joey LaBeija slows “Better” into Detroit house’s loping groove, while serpentwithfeet triggers silky ’90s flashbacks by adding his own voice to Kelela’s multi-tracked chorus. Others chart club music’s global future: DJ Lag brings the staggering drums and stabbing keys of South African gqom, while Nídia funnels the chunky percussion of Portuguese batida into a crisply stepping bass assault. The balance of raw rhythmic energy and ethereal production is perfected on Divoli S’vere’s ballroom-ready remix of “Truth or Dare,” in which hammering kicks are wrapped in velvety harmonies.

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