By Danny Brown’s own admission, he’s had quite a run this year. “I’ve worked with Purity Ring, Portugal the Man, and Charli XCX … Started in a Bob Dylan video and now I’m on a Vampire Weekend song… 2013 was great!!!” Yes, the Detroit rhyme-slayer closes out his collaborative-centric calendar by teaming up with the NYC outfit for a remix of “Step”.
The “Wintertime Remix”, which also features Das Racist’s Heems and Despot, sees Brown eschew his usually manic rhymes for lines about life and love, albeit still filtered through his unique worldview (“Now me and shorty spending more and more time/And since she got her heart, I gotta have her spine”). Brown’s presence adds a bit of crunch to the lush, Baroquian beat, while the dreamy chorus helps to shift Brown’s forceful inflection toward poppier territory. Listen in below.
The original version of “Step” appears on the second best album of 2013, Modern Vampires of the City.