It's been three years since we last heard from Miike Snow, the collaborative pop project comprised of Swedish producers Bloodshy & Avant and singer-songwriter-producer Andrew Wyatt. On "Heart Is Full," the first single off their forthcoming third album III, the trio took a step away from their erstwhile synth-driven sound in favor of something a bit more warmer and more retro. A catchy hook courtesy of Wyatt dances over a beat built out of pleading horns, chopped-up soul samples, and thick, DJ Premier-recalling drums. For the song's official remix, premiering on The FADER today, Miike Snow recruited powerhouse rap duo Run The Jewels to contribute a pair of boom bap-friendly verses of their own. It's an unlikely combination, but a fitting one for the gritty love song.
"When we heard that RTJ were fans and down to get on this beat I was super excited... but cautiously so. I knew this was the type of beat that they could just eat for breakfast; but I was hoping that the whole thing wouldn't come off sounding too retro. I was at Emile Haynie's house when the email with the mix came through and so we stopped what we were doing to throw it up on the speakers," Wyatt explained in an email. "The moment Killer Mike launched into his verse, Emile and I couldn't stop smiling; he had found that flow, the rhythm to his lines that was undeniable, the flow which was so huge as to transcend any trendiness in music and just be monolithically awesome. El P continued riding that same vein—and it’s like a sledgehammer."
Hit play on the remix below, and then take a trip with the bold video for the original afterwards.