Fatboy Slim
Mad Flava (Autograf Remix)

As Autograf has shifted more steadily out of the underground and into mainstream consciousness, so too has the way in which one of our favorite groove-heavy acts are able to craft melodies. The latest from Autograf sees the trio riffing on one of dance music’s original wisemen, Fatboy Slim, and his classic single “Mad Flava”. As part of Fatboy Slim’s re-release for platinum selling album Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars, the Autograf boys have been tapped to offer their uniquely flavored dance groove, and have delivered another stellar piece to a constantly expanding palate. Rather than take the easy way out by sprinkling in a four-four kick and painting on a deeper, analog bassline as so many contemporary dance acts are wont to do these days, Autograf takes a much more fluid approach for their rework. Throughout its first half, Autograf toys with the original’s vocal chops, and breakbeat influenced two-step drums topped with an extremely danceable topline before unloading perhaps one of the most distinct and powerful basslines we’ve heard in any music genre this year. This one has us feeling somewhere between the House club and Hip-Hop dancefloor; which is one of the most welcome feelings we’ve had in quite some time. About the remix opportunity, Autograf told us: “We’re huge fans of breaks so when one of the legends hit us up for a remix, we were super honored. Here’s our break beat tribute to one of the pioneers..” while Fatboy kept his side a bit more ambiguous, stating: “Autograf got the finesse, they got the funk, they got the flava. The three F’s right there…” They certainly do. Check out Autograf’s “Mad Flava” remix above, and if you missed their last remix for Alesso’s “Cool”, do your ears a favor and listen here.

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