In addition to his past work as the production wizard for the rap trio Ratking, New York producer Sporting Life has made a name for himself as a talented purveyor of left-field beats on more electronically-minded labels like R&S. He's also shown himself to be a gifted remixer of pop and R&B—his spin on Kelela's "Rewind" brought a frenzied energy to the sultry anthem. Today, he brings his talent for gritty drum programming to bear on electronic pop outfit Porches' silky 2016 track "Be Apart"—he leaves the song's yearning vocals intact, while situating them over a bed of bleeps, chirps, and hammering 808 percussion. The contrast between plaintive croons and warped electronics will leave you queasy, in the very best way.
"I just thought it would be super exciting to hear what Sporting Life would do with a track of mine," said Porches' lead singer Aaron Maine over email."I think he makes and sees music on a different plane than most people do. I was so excited when we got the remix back, really special to hear him touch one of my songs and do his thing."
Listen to the track below and check out his Slam Dunk Vol. 1 tape here.