Listen to Jamie xx's Remix of Four Tet

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Jamie xx (a.k.a. Jamie Smith) has given Four Tet's recent slow-burner "Lion" (taken from the XLR8R Pick'd Pink LP) the remix treatment, stripping the itchy beat and hulking low end down to a pause-filled and dark dubstep-leaning tune. He begins by deconstructing the original's moody and reverb-heavy melody and sticking to a sparse aesthetic throughout the track. Uncharacteristically, there are no steel drums in Jamie xx's version—rather, the bright maximalism of some of Smith's earliersolowork work has been overshadowed by a quiet, contemplative gloominess more akin to the sound of his band's latest album, Coexist. You can check it all out below.