Boomkat Product Review:
‘Gangsta’ was easily my pick from Tune-Yards’ acclaimed ‘Whokill’ album which appeared earlier this year, and now it’s getting the single treatment it deserves. While some might still struggle with Merrill Garbus’s sandy delivery and hiccupping lyrical tics, nobody can argue with the hooks and genuine post-punk attitude on ‘Gangsta’. Even more interesting though is that the remixes come from Beastie Boy Ad Rock and turntablist extraordinaire Cut Chemist. Ad Rock is on form at the minute and his squelchy downtempo mix somehow brings to mind mid-90s Warp era electronica, while never losing its rap focus. Think Plaid or early Autechre, with a dastardly B-Boy twist – really. Cut Chemist’s take is weirder still, a chop up of slippery samples, scratches and chattering field recordings. Well good.