If MK’s new remix of Duke Dumont’s “I Got U” sounds particularly inspiring, that makes sense: Both producers know a thing or two about bouncing back.
The U.K.’s Dumont toiled away for nearly six years without making much professional headway before he found his breakout hit with “Need U (100%),” which ended up going to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart last year. (Not to mention No. 7 of SPIN’s 50 Best Dance Tracks of 2013.) In an interview accompanying the premiere of the new remix, he tells Mixmag that he was even considering calling it a day. Los Angeles’ MK (Marc Kinchen), on the other hand, broke out relatively early in his career: By the early ’90s, he was one of the industry’s top remixers, applying his percussive touch and trademark organ bass to acts like the B-52s, Tom Tom Club, Pet Shop Boys, and even Bette Middler. But Kinchen’s visibility faded in the 2000s, making his recent ubiquity as a producer and DJ one of the deep-house revival’s great success stories.
Kinchen’s take on Dumont’s “I Got U” plays to both producers’ strengths, swirling crisply stepping drum programming, soulful vocals from Jax Jones, and triumphant piano-house vamps into an uplifting tribute to holding on to what you love.