It’s been almost four years since Alix Perez released his debut album 1984 on Shogun Audio, showcasing his eclectic style of music production. Throughout his eight-year career, the Belgian producer has crafted bangers ranging from hip hop to indie electronica, but is most recognized for his work in the hyper-paced genre that is drum & bass. It’s no surprise that Alix’s latest EP entitled Annie’s Song arrives with two very different tunes–a soulful drum & bass roller and R&B slow-jam with a ’90s facade. Fortunately, the EP also ships with several serious remixes including house-inflected versions by Maddslinky and Shadow Child and a rework from fellow D&B producer S.P.Y.
Annie’s Song’s title track features the dynamic voice of Sam Wills, whose vocals hearken back to the days of early ’90s R&B. Alix provides the backdrop for Sam’s vocals with a glitch-laden composition filled with ornate chords and a throbbing bassline. While there are several quality remixes on the EP, the Shadow Child edit delivers a deep groove that blends perfectly with Sam Wills’ infectious vocal track. The b-side of the EP is a one part jazz, one part D&B roller called We Could Have Been featuring soul-inspired singer D.ablo. This intelligent track rolls along with its jazzy piano stabs and muted analog pads, making for a tantalizing upper-cortex experience.
Accompanying this release is a gravity-defying official video featuring none other than Annie’s Song vocalist Sam Wills (below). Also make sure to check out the full tracklist and pick up a copy of the Annie’s Song EP right here on Beatport.