LSD Exclusive: Astro Zu – Sungod (Reighnbeau Remix)

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After causing a bit of a stir among the blogging scene a couple of months back, Astro Zu’s sunset watching friendly Sungod is back under the form of a Reighnbeau remix.

The Albuquerque band starts off with pitch shifting snare rolls and the simplest of melodic synth lines before going into butcher mode and toying around with Tusks’s galactical vocals, resampling, ad libbing, pitching, twisting and turning the delicate lyrics of the London singer. The second part of the track goes in deeper with Reighnbeau sounding like they’re trying to squeeze the last bit of energy out of a beautifully worn-out music box while adding a touch of ghetto with pitched 808 kicks. It also sounds like there are cat purrs sprinkled throughout the track … which is never a bad thing.

Sungod is clearly part of the gigantic wave of Californian inspired sundried beats that have been taking everyone and everything by storm for the past year or so, and while this particular scene is interesting in the sense that most tracks you hear are actually good, it still feels that most producers are riding a wave of undistinguishable cool and you rarely find yourself going back and listening to songs again. Sort of consumable cultural throw-away of the highest order.

But the Reighnbeau’s remix is definitely something else, a track that sounds both timeless and relevant, sweet and complex, deep but with an unspoken tough side…

Sungod is out now on Bad Life.

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