Bilal‘s last feature (and latest single), Restart, left Booth readers split on whether or not the R&B vet could truly make a comeback after nearly a decade away from the game. If you came down on the “he can’t hack it” side of the argument, this newly-released remix may well convince you that you need a little more time to Think It Over. Originally backed by the throwback grooves of 88-Keys, this bittersweet post-breakup lament gets a major overhaul courtesy of Boy Meets World beatsmith Exile, who slices and dices the original’s slow-rolling rhythm section and shimmering guitar accompaniment into something significantly more outre. With a halting bassline, a disorienting, handclap-driven beat, and off-kilter synth accents, this driving revamp may take a listen or three to to sink in, but Bilal’s soulful vocals remain as instantly appealing as ever. Creative? Most definitely. Better than the original? That’s your call – either way, more progressively soulful jams can be heard on the singer’s new Airtight’s Revenge LP, available in stores and online via Plug Research.
Written by richard on Nov 18, 2010
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