Leeds native Distinction has been almost a permanent fixing on EARMILK, with the young Brit having a string of strong releases in 2013 that graced our pages. Last year's releases, no matter how strong, were just the build up to the project he'd been working on for over a year at that point. They hype was at fever pitch towards the end of the calendar year, and when there was no word on the project releasing, it seemed that the fans had lost all hope that it would ever see the light of day.
Now with one month down in 2014, the beat wizard has finally dropped his latest project RVST, ready for the musical world to digest. The mixtape goes nine tracks deep and is entirely made up of refixes of some of the best known tracks in recent years. Some of the refixes included are Frank Ocean's anthem "Swim Good", The Weeknd's "The Host" and Usher's "Climax".
The thing that Distinction does with supreme ease is manage to give each track a different vibe from the original. He has turned the slow and lethargic "Swim Good" into an electro tinged banger, and transformed Drake's "Marvins Room" into an atmospheric yet gritty slow jam. My own personal highlight on RVST is the final track, which takes the hauntingly brilliant refix of Usher's "Climax" and adds the slick rapping talents of upcoming London emcee Confz (another EARMILK favorite). Distinction sets the backdrop perfectly, and the style and flow with which Confz spits over the track just fits together brilliantly, making for a compelling listen and easily one of my favourite tracks of 2014 so far.
On RVST Distinction has delivered to fans and critics alike a dope project that shows the lengths of his production talents. Sure, it's a project made up entirely of refixes, but along with his previous original work such as "Know Your Love Is True" has proven that he's not just another remixer and that he can hold his own when it comes to original music. RVST makes for one of the most enthralling listens of the year so far, and there is plenty of substance here to keep listeners engaged throughout the project, meaning you're not going to want to skip a single track. You can stream RVST below, and you can pick up the project for FREE by visiting the link below.
- 3rd February, 2014