First featured two months ago on his BBC Essential Mix, here's a full stream of SBTRKT’s edit of Machinedrum’s already-impeccable "U Don't Survive." It's not a radical departure, relying on the same repeated vocals—Out on the street you don't survive/ Now is the time to be alive—but SBTRKT's style naturally turns outward, his drums less jazzy and more suited for a pretty peoples' club system. It's a totally manufactured comparison, since they feature both phrases equally, but listening side-by-side it's as if the original's tone is all "not surviving" and SBTRKT's is all "being alive." The coin is brilliant no matter which way you flip it.
December 16, 2011