Ted Kamal rules, and here’s the proof

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September 25, 2017

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The FADER's weekly column What Rules highlights one of our office's new obsessions.

Who are they?

Name: Ted Kamal
Role: A U.K. garage- and drum and bass-inspired producer and DJ making nutso edits of your favorite rap and R&B songs.
Location: Harlem, New York

Why should I listen?

Ted Kamal’s wild edits and mixes are all I listened to this weekend. He takes songs I already know and love, and turns them into edits that make me learn something new about the originals, and love them even harder. Like his body-throbbing drum and bass edit of this Luv Is Rage 2 flip, that turns Lil Uzi Vert's already seismic brainbender into a newly dancefloor-ready torrent of sound. And this U.K. garage-based, pitched down but sped up take on Young Thug’s “Halftime” that simultaneously re-energizes the song and elevates its subtly psychedelic nature.

Dive deeper into his Soundcloud and you'll be rewarded with some fantastic mixes, as well. The moment on this one when he transitions from a half-baile-funk-half-drum-and-bass edit of Lil Wayne’s No Ceilings version of “Throw It In The Bag,” to a sparse and space-y take on “White Tee” was so great it almost made me flip my laptop.

Where should I start?

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Ted Kamal rules, and here’s the proof