2 On (UNiiQU3 Remix)
It takes some balls to remix one of the summer’s hottest tracks. Tinashe and SchoolBoy Q‘s “2 On,” a chilly, thumping take on a DJ Mustard beat, has stayed in steady rotation on radio, blogs, in clubs and in our hearts and minds since March. You can’t improve a perfect formula, but you can change it and get the same results. Those familiar with DJ Uniiqu3‘s The New Klassiks (free d/l available via Lit City Trax) from earlier this year know her flavor of Jersey Club: sliced and diced vocals smoldering in hyper-aggressive drum programming (swinging between hip hop and house tempos), with signature accoutrements (bedsqueaks, gunblasts, “get!”) keeping her music steeped in its Newarkian roots.
Uniiqu3’s “2 On” remix begins with a sleight of hand, sounding like a 120 bpm house music floor filler is queueing up, until a series of turns — the first a shimmering Tinashe vocal stutter, the second a slithering, seductive bassline — sounds like the song is melting to a halfstep tempo, before hiking back up into a chattering flock of percussive samples to ride out the remainder of the tidy two and a half minute remix. Stream it below.