Ethiopian-born musician Kenna boasts over a decade of hit singles that run the gamut of electronic dance pop, thanks at least in part to his excellent taste in co-producers and collaborators. His single Relations with Childish Gambino from last fall is arguably one of his best to date, and it was simply dying for a remix from someone well versed in the ways of space funk. That dream has become a reality with Justin Martin’s (pictured) new version, heard for the very first time here on LessThan3.
Kenna’s original mix of Relations is admirable for the way it offers an alternative interpretation of modern funk that isn’t particularly concerned with recent trends in that realm. Justin Martin seems to have taken that approach to heart for his club-ready remix, which kicks up the BPM and beefs up the dynamic range of the track while preserving Kenna’s unique voice and perspective.