Blood Diamonds Drown Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Swimming Pools’ in Bassy Goo
Grimes pal shines on 'good kid, m.A.A.d. city' remix
Hot on the heels of the fire-flinging “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” remix featuring Jay-Z, we get to hear an outside take on one of the many highlights that SPIN Hottest MC Kendrick Lamar delivered with his list-topping 2012 LP good kid, m.A.A.d. city. This extra goopy, bass-wobbling version of “Swimming Pools (Drank)” comes courtesy of Grimes affiliate and 4AD signee Blood Diamonds. Though the former video game designer born Mike Tucker doesn’t add any vocals of his own to this revision, he has a field day with Kendrick’s, warping the Compton MC’s words into warbling alien transmissions. Looking for bona fides? The Los Angeles via Toronto via Kansas City producer has provided beats for Das Racist in the past, plus remixed Major Lazer, Ellie Goulding, and Niki & the Dove. In other words, the guy’s got the chops to cut up a stellar song like this.