Invoker is one of the very interesting discoveries of 2014. Anyone that can remix Fat Freddy’s Drop and make them sound deeper and more soulful assuredly deserves a pat on the back on behalf of the whole of mankind. And Invoker is just the guy who can do that, take tunes from across the musical spectrum, lather them in sunshine, let the beats crystallize in a downtempo bucket and dish them out on a bed of lazy half filtered and slow-pumping synths. With his summer remix collection, the Parisian producer takes on tracks by Technotronic, A Tribe called Quest and Beyoncé and gives them all a slightly similar but highly efficient summertime beauty treatment.
First up is Technotronic’s 1989 dance workout Pump up the jam. Invoker turns the relatively cheesy classic into a sexy future RnB and Trap hybrid. Skipping verses with shiny chord progressions drop into sultry choruses, with the rushing hi hats, gliding bass and mandatory Rustie influenced high pitched heys, giving a real meaning to Ya kid K’s invitation to “Shake your booty on the floor tonight”.
As much as the constant pedestaling of anything that Beyoncé does feels like the work of a widespread phoney valet conspiracy, it’s hard to argue against the fact that remixes of her songs tend to be really good. Partition is the track that has recently drawn a lot of attention to Invoker’s work, and rightly so as he manages to render the rework even more seductive than the original, which is already high on the stomach tingling scale, by pitching down the vocals and making Queen Bee sound like a man, adding a deep reverbed bass, a simple beat and effectively transforming Partition into a downtempo deep-house beast.
Last up on the operating table is A Tribe Called Quest‘s Once Again and like the two other tracks it stays on the same very effective hip-hop meets slow house vibe. It’s hard to believe that Invoker is actually from Paris as his music has such a strong laid-back Californian quality to it and his track selection really show the broadness of his musical taste as well as the versatility of his production skills.
All songs are available for free download on Invoker’s soundcloud, keep your eyes peeled for the next instalments and his forthcoming EP and as an added bonus, brighten up your day with his remix of Fat Freddy’s Drop’s Silver and gold which is high up there with Digital Mystikz’s remix of Cay’s Crays and Drauf und Dran‘s remix of Flashback as one of the best rearrangements of the New-Zealand jammed out soul and dub giants.