If you don’t know the name Oliver Nelson by now, you certainly will have by the end of 2017. Oliver Nelson is a leader in the Nu-disco genre, generator of groovy bass lines and all around purveyor of funk. His smash single, “Ain’t A Thing” featuring Kaleem Taylor blew up last year by generating over one million plays on Soundcloud and nearly two million plays on Spotify.
Skogsrå, a fellow Swede and label-mate on Perfect Havoc, delivers his rendition of Oliver’s smash single. Now, just because Skogsrå removed some of the claps, ooh-ahs, and bass lines, does not mean you can’t dance to it.
Contrasting Oliver Nelson’s original mix, Skogsrå’s remix of “Ain’t A Thing” flows in and begins with heavy strings and emotion. The track drops; our subtle piano has been replaced with a deep stabbing synth and is now the lead element of the song. Kaleem’s vocals still echo true. Skogsrå does something quite creative on his pre-chorus bridge; he maintains the tempo with the sound of panning metronome instead of claps. The song progresses and Skogsrå let’s his production skills shine through with elements like synth-interplay, traditional house rhythms, and a fantastic synth solo towards the conclusion of the track.
Now, I understand Sweden is pretty far north, or pretty east, for most us, but there is one more reason to put it on your radar–Skogsrå.