It’s exciting when a remix serves the double duty of introducing you to a new talent and reminding you of an old favorite.
Hank & Cupcakes are (if their website is any indicator) a very colorful indie duo hailing from Tel Aviv and drawing influence, in name at least, from mighty alcohol-soaked author Charles Bukowski. RJD2 is the talented producer and multi-instrumentalist who once played part of the core that made now defunct label Definitive Jux the vanguard of underground hip-hop in the early 2000s.
Continuing recent trends in his production, RJ imbues “Sweet Potion” with a bit of old and new, combining the dusty, big-beat percussion of his seminal work with the synthy layers of his latter albums and collaborations. The end result is something that skirts around trip-hop, a bit more rock-leaning than Little Dragon, but certainly a departure from Hank & Cupcakes usual sound (which you can explore a bit more in depth on their new Ain’t No Love EP).
Give the RJD2 remix of “Sweet Potion” a listen below.