Last year, Seattle producer/singer/rapper Katie Kate won over many with her album Flatland. Heavy on variety--and potential--the album was somewhat disjointed, and never quite lived up to the hype I'd read. In this mixed bag, however, there were some stellar moments, like "Houses"--a track that you'd be hard-pressed locally to equal in the "beauty" department.
"Houses" is a track that uses simplicity as a device, and basks in the low-"action" tension that lies between each drawn-out beat. Enter: Keyboard Kid. He's a producer from Seattle who has helped fuel California free-form rapper Lil B's rise to notoriety with his #based or "cloud rap" production. He's just released a remix of Kate's "Houses", complete with echoey synths and stuttering hi-hats. It's a little hyphy--more "rap" for sure--and it feels a bit pulled out of its element. Sure, the point of a remix is to re-imagine a song in a different environment, but I can't help but feel like some of the magic was lost in this particular translation.
Either way, it's good to see cross-[sub]-genre collaboration, especially with a relatively big name like Keyboard Kid, and I'd be interested to hear more. This time though, I'll keep the original. Listen after the jump...