Arriving via independent local label, Hot Gem, Halfscreen gives 'Scent' some serious boom-bap flavour, delivering over six minutes of head-nodding heat as part of Perfume's 'Double Flow' remix EP.
For the unfamiliar, Halfscreen is the production alias of Orry Carren, a Glasgow-based producer and multi-instrumentalist who cut his teeth on the city's vibrant underground hip-hop scene, establishing his own imprint, Subfriction, while also releasing several albums and EPs.
Perfume is a collaborative project between Norway-based duo Craig Wells and Mathias Loose, which sees them exploring and experimenting with the space between sound art and music. Working with textured field recordings and elements of electro, ambient and atmospheric instrumental hip-hop, the duo's compositions have attracted comparisons to the likes of Flying Lotus and Four Tet.
Halfscreen's remix of 'Scent' certainly chimes with those comparisons, taking the original version into 'trip-hop' territory with droning bass tones, drifting harps and crisp percussion.
"When given such a natural sounding, diverse song like 'Scent' to sample I could have made at least 5 tracks with the amount of haunting melodies I had to play with" says Halfscreen. "It didn't take me long to find the melodies I needed within the track, which are bonded together with a haunting vocal sample. The whole experience has left my me hungry for more and given me the urge to dig for more unique artists like this."
Listen to the remix below:
The Halfscreen remix of 'Scent' is available on Friday 23rd June as part of the 'Double Flow' remix package, alongside remixes from Rebecca Vasmant. The original version of 'Scent' features on Perfume's 'Moonspeed EP' and is available now via Hot Gem.