Killing Me (Chad Hugo Remix)
Chad Hugo makes up one half of the production duo The Neptunes along with Pharrell. He might lack the notoriety of his production mate, but he certainly has the musical chops to rival Williams. His most recent release, a remix of Little Dragon‘s “Killing Me,” is a surprising and effective rework. The original was thick in synths and bass in contrast to Yukimi Nagano’s light vocals. Hugo strips down the song and clears some of its density so that it’s a simpler beat and synth bassline. The effect is startling as the song becomes downright bouncy and the extra space actually makes Nagano’s vocals shine that much more. This leaner cut gives the original a run for its money, and should be a reminder to anyone that Hugo, the oft-forgotten Neptune, is actually one hell of a producer in his own right. Check out the remix below.