The 83rd (Angel Haze, Tinashe) unveils new remix of Eryn Allen Kane ‘Have Mercy’
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Brookyln-based record producer The 83rd returns with a stirring remix of Eryn Allen Kane’s soulful yet minimalist track ‘Have Mercy’, set to drop on 12th February 2016.
The accomplished producer, real name Will McNair, cut his teeth in Chicago alongside Brad Siefert aka The Quest, as part of Maurice Joshua’s Grammy Award winning production team Nu Soul Inc. In the past 12 years since, his increasing talents have seen him work with some of the biggest names in music: Will has produced for Cheryl Cole and produced, engineered and mixed Angel Haze’s hugely influential ‘New York’, which received praise from the likes of The Guardian, Pitchfork, and VICE. He has been commissioned to make remixes for Missy Elliott and Mariah Carey, whilst his rework ofTinashe’s ‘Boss’ featured on a collaborative remix EP with Giraffage and Ryan Hemsworth. As one half of electronic production duo Chopstix with Ski Beatz, who has worked with international stars including hip-hop heavyweights Mos Def, Wiz Khalifa and Jay Z, The 83rd has also produced and remixed tracks by Nicole Wray, Cam’ron and Locksmith.
Over the course of his career Will has developed his own unique production style, which has drawn praise from the likes of The Guardian, Billboard, Dummy, NME, Pitchfork and Pigeons and Planes, cementing his impeccable reputation as an intensely creative producer. A success that can be attributed to his free-flowing and artistic outlook, he explains that “true beauty is knowing how to pull the best out of every expression…I love to experiment, dream in sound and sight and to marry the two in the most innovative and immersive ways possible. I’m genre-less, I write what I hear without limits or expectations” – and his remix of ‘Have Mercy’ is truly the personified perfection of this refreshing approach.
The rework opens with beautifully layered vocals which echo hauntingly into the resonant sound space The 83rd creates – and, as with the original track (the visuals for which premiered on Complex), Eryn’s soulful vocals take centre stage. In its focused minimalism it drips with sonic emotion, bringing a new depth to an already striking track and demonstrating his ability for profound yet understated production. Transitioning into a subtle yet booming bassline which sees Will come into his own, he explains that “It was just one take. The lights were off, there was no grid…I had to just grab the bass, lift my chin to the sky and, with every piece of my soul, play.”