In a not so distant utopia R&B and Hip-hop mashup producer, Alexis Troy will be right up there on your weekend playlists. The Düsseldorf-based producer who specialises in making your R&B classics into true dance tracks unveils his new r&b mix, “Dread Tape.”
The mix comes after his last single “Keta” generated over 120k streams within 2 weeks and shot to #3 on the Viral Top 50 of Spotify Germany. The Mix can only be described as a surreal club-orientated musical mashup. Pulling on wide inspiration Troy mixes beats and soundscapes produced over the last year and a half, through chops and re-edits acapella, processes and re-arranges vocal materials to re-interpret the meaning of the original.
In a statement on the new project, Alexis said “The Dread Tape is acoustically and visually a culmination of a lot of stuff that inspired me and probably damaged me in my younger years. When you’re a kid you consume sound and moving images way more unfiltered than later on, when you have created your own aesthetic and feel strengthened in it. Some stuff that you see or hear stays with you even if you didn’t like like it at the time. The beauty of trash is something that you need distance for to fully appreciate I guess. I don’t think that I realised the level of trashiness some of my favourite series and movies had in the 90s. Back then it was just the way things were made to be commercially successful. That goes with a lot of music at the time as well. Everything was overacted and overdrawn which ultimately resulted in it being fake. There is a lot of art still produced that way but it’s more conscious of it. I like everything that is distorted or damaged in some way. Everyone will interpret different things into it or maybe find absolutely nothing because it’s too abstract.” He went on to say “If you have ever experienced the weirdness of lying awake at 4.30 AM in your bed watching Teleshopping commercials and reruns of old shows on TV while simultaneously thinking about all that is missing (or you think is missing) in your life then you will probably understand the Dread Tape.”
If you thought it was just a surreal sound, think again, Alexis Troy has teamed up with German-based art collective Kotburschi Kollektiv to deliver a visual experience in partnership with his Dread Tape sound. This Bizarre mix is met with marrying visuals that we can’t only help but love.
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