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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - "I Will Make Room for You (Four Tet remix)" (audio)

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On Four Tet's remix, you can't escape the beat, which arrives within a split second of starting and soldiers on at a steady 120 beats per minute throughout.

An eight-plus minute cross-continental collaboration between the L.A.-based Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and British producer Kieran Hebden (Four Tet), this new remix is based on a song from Smith's new album, The Kid.


Although an electronic composer, her primary instrument isn't a laptop like many contemporaries, but a collection of modular synthesizers that emanate warm, textured tones that hit the eardrums with a visceral buzz.

The original version of this song lacks any semblance of percussion, relying instead on washes of synths, strings and Smith's layered voice.

On Four Tet's remix, you can't escape the beat, which arrives within a split second of starting and soldiers on at a steady 120 beats per minute throughout.

Hebden, a master remixer who understands how to rethink another artist's creation without diminishing the beauty of the original, remakes "I Will Make Room for You" as a meditative, relatively minimal house music track. Across its expanse, he constructs a rhythmic scaffolding to support Smith's drumless creation.


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