Words by Natalie Weiner—
It’s hard to resist a Gyptian track – you know it, we know it, probably even your mom knows it (maybe don’t think about that one too hard). That’s why we’ve linked with Brooklyn label Dutty Artz to give you (yes, for free) a sick “Wine Slow” remix from beatmaker Kush Arora. In these “China White” remixes, Kush takes dancehall tunes like the simmering “Wine Slow” (see also his collaboration with Mega Banton, “Shake Sitten“) and turns them into mellow, heavily electronic nu-disco jams. This one, with its lush synths and fragmented vocals, takes Gyptian from the beach to the rave.
The track is part of a four-track EP called Dutty Conquerors, one of a series of EPs Dutty Artz is releasing to commemorate its six-year anniversary. Each EP has a different geographical theme, since the label has artists and DJs that specialize in music from all over the world (if you live in New York, you’ve probably come across their epic Que Bajo parties at some point).
This record focuses on tracks from (mostly Brooklyn-based) artists from across the Caribbean, including Jamaican DJ Trawma and BK-via-Guyana’s Jahdan Blakkamoore. Although the sounds range from melancholy (“In These Times“) to gritty dance anthems (the decidedly unchill “Chill“), they’ve all got the edgy electronic sound that’s the label’s signature. All the EPs will go on sale in December via the label’s Bandcamp page, but you can stream them on Soundcloud now. They’ve even released a mixtape that puts the new tracks in the context of some of our favorite recent dancehall jams like Timberlee’s “Duppy” and Aidonia’s “Pon Di Jockey”—check it below: