For longtime fans of Deadmau5‘s work, the rare Soundcloud upload is worth its weight in gold. A month after his last sound “Beneath 02” saw the light of day, we’ve finally received another small snippet of what Joel has been working on.
— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) July 1, 2015
Taking the vocals from UK rapper Shotty Horroh, Deadmau5 reworks the production from their 2014 collaborative track “Are You Not Afraid?“ and combines the two into a simple and jazzy hip hop beat. He even lays down a funky bass guitar line, recorded live.
In the new version, Joel substitutes the growling synths and overly-clean mixing for a more organic, live-band feel with real recordings and a hip hop focus. Compare the two by listening to the original below.