Freeing up some of his creations from the last few years, Dunman is releasing an assortment of 14 refixes and edits as Dunman 001.
Drawing from a wide range of artists such as Cam’Ron, L U C Y, Gorillaz and J Dilla, Dunman 001 gives us a taste of what to look forward to from the ESC_ label co-founder. His remixes of “Hey Ma” and “One For Ghost” bring smooth R&G vibes, “Yachts & Phantoms” cranks up the energy of JD. Reid’s trappy original, and “Brooklyn” melds the aesthetics of a New York band with an animated, rebounding combination of bass and beats. There’s also an unexpected but amazingly effective remix of the theme from Bugsy Malone, and a track paying homage to Japanese producer, DJ and composer Nujabes that combines lo-fi hip-hop and jazz with 140 structures for an unusual but elegant result.
You can hear the premiere of “Final Form”, taken from Dunman 001, below. Making use of the beat from Sampa The Great’s beautiful 2019 original, Dunman chops together a red-hot refix that makes sure to keep the track’s trademark blaring brass and stern string textures front and centre. Holding on to that integral layered instrumentation and organic warmth, Dunman still brings out a very different cut, seamlessly switching from swift syncopated rhythms and unpredictably stuttering percussion to weightier, more regular halftime measures. It’s a bold move to rework such an iconic song, but he pulls it off, adding a potent grimey twist to Sampa The Great’s already epic sound.
Listen to the premiere of "Final Form" exclusively via Once Upon A Grime below.
Also, be sure to check out the showreel for Dunman 001 on Dunman’s SoundCloud ahead of release on 15th February.