Radiohead’s “Reckoner” is one of my favourite songs of all time. Kanye’s “Touch the Sky” introduced me to Lupe Fiasco and that sample made me want to learn to play the trumpet. Combining the melancholy “Reckoner” with Kanye’s uplifting song shouldn’t work – Xaphoon makes it happen.
Passion Pit make bubbly, joyful pop music. Biggie made gritty hip hop. They sound inseparable here. Add the hook of Kanye’s favourite video and Xaphoon’s struck musical gold.
Bob Marley x MGMT. Bold statement incoming: I think this is Xaphoon’s best work to date. It’s not as creative or daring as some of his Chiddy Bang production work but it’s absolutely perfect. When someone’s trying to think of a song to play I always suggest this and it goes down well every time. He later sampled the same MGMT song for “Opposite of Adults” but there he spun it into a hip hop beat for Chiddy to smash. Here he seamlessly blends the original instrumental with Marley’s vocals. Flawless.
All of these come from The Xaphoon Jones Mixtape vol. 1. Get it HERE. He remixes artists ranging from Marvin Gaye to Darwin Deez and provides some fresh original music. Xaphoon Jones is a monster.