In the early ’90s, the rapper and producer Pete Rock developed a warm, analog thump that was a huge influence on the sound of that generation’s New York rap. He cranked out classics by the fistful, for himself and C.L. Smooth and plenty of others. And he was also an elite remixer; if you haven’t, you should hear what he did to Public Enemy’s “Shut ‘Em Down.” Rock is still working now; he released his Petestrumentals 2 album on Bandcamp earlier this week. And now Panda Bear has tapped him for a remix of his own Panda Bear Vs. The Grim Reaper track “Crosswords.” Rock has attached a breakbeat to the song and made that shit bump. The new version of the song will appear on Panda’s new PBVSGR remix EP, alongside things like Andy Stott’s reworking of “Boys Latin” and Danny L Harle’s take on “Come To Your Senses.” Listen to Pete Rock’s remix below.
The PBVSGR remix EP is out digitally 6/29 on Domino.