Brooklyn-raised, LA-based producer Hitmakerchinx has shared an electrifying new remix of Rihanna's single "Work," featuring Drake. It's in a called FDM, which is short for "flex dance music," in reference to the Brooklyn dance culture out of which it has come to life. The artist himself, who signed to the influential American label Fade to Mind back in October, has described FDM as "an electric dancehall rhythm based sound created for flex dancers raves and dancehall parties."
While his remix is by no means a massive overhaul of the original, Hitmakerchinx's attention to subtlety and detail—you can just tell how precisely the cascades of chopped vocals are timed to the millisecond—succeeds impressively in coaxing a whole new sense of urgency out of an already pretty great track. There's a sense of expansive, kinetic finesse here that isn't surprising considering that the artist is a dancer himself: he's brought those skills to bear and made the track a living, breathing thing, getting it to lurch and bend in thrillingly unexpected ways.
For an interview with Hitmakerchinx and fellow FDM producers Uninamise and DJ Aaaron about the sound and their plans for its future, see here. After that, revisit the 10 best Rihanna remixes you've never heard.
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