As alternative popsters go, you’d struggle to find someone more creative and unrestricted by genre than Santigold. Duke Dumont has a similar outlook on things, having started his career as an exponent of bass-laden booty house and since forging paths into techno, dark brooding electro and joyous disco.
Such broad scope in The Duke’s previous work means we never know quite what to expect from a new remix and this latest, a reimagining of Santigold’s forthcoming single ‘The Keepers’, takes him in yet another new direction. On first listen, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was the work of the Erol Alkan, with a prominent bass guitar melody providing the anchor for an engaging slice of indie dance. Dumont’s touch is gentle throughout – whilst additional waves of distortion, melodic chimes and a significant amount of vocals make their presence known, this is still most definitely an exercise in restraint and, it would seem, an exercise in what will sound excellent during the nearly-upon-us festival season.
We’re including two more of The Duke’s remixes here. Firstly, his ominous take on the Mystery Jets ‘Two Doors Down’, and then his recent rework of Canyons ‘When I See You Again’. These are two distinctly different remixes which showcase an expansive vision and as a back-to-back duo are the musical equivalent of riding Nemesis (dropping into a thrilling pit of despair after one of the best breakdowns of recent years) and then emerging the other side into a sundrenched swimming pool (all light, cocktails and bliss).