"Takes Me Back (Until the End of Time)" by Active Child // Originally by 2Pac (2013)
Pat Grossi (Active Child) just recently dropped the pretty great Rapor EP, but already he’s back at work - tossing up tracks on his Soundcloud page. This particular track finds Grossi doing a little reminiscing by lifting the instrumental from one of his favorite 2Pac tracks (“Until the End of Time”), which also happens to sample Mr. Mister (“Broken Wings”), and then tinkering with and ultimately throwing on some new vocals. The result is downright phenomenal. Like surprisingly great. The original 2Pac track used the “Broken Wings” sample to haunting effect, and having Grossi’s otherworldly vocals laid atop somehow magnifies the impact. I’m genuinely stunned by how much I love this. Sadly, it’s not likely to be released do to copyright laws, but so be it - i’m gonna be hammering that Soundcloud page for a while. This is some favorite song in a while type shit.
"Biggy" by Warpaint // Warpaint (Due Out 1.21.14 via Rough Trade)
Warpaint is back with “Biggy”, another new track from their forthcoming self-titled album due in January from Rough Trade. We already got a chance to hear the gorgeous, "Love is to Die", and “Biggy” keeps the expectations shy high. The new track finds the band drifting into vaguely middle eastern rhythms as the brooding, dark atmospherics call to mind vintage Massive Attack and This Mortal Coil simultaneously. I’m aching to hear more from the new album, but “Biggy” will satiate my hunger for the time being. Highly recommended!