For the past month, a fellowship of Australian producers have been buckling down, hard at work in their attempts to realise grand re-works and imaginings of Hermitude’s song, Ukiyo. Hosted by Triple J Unearthed, the submissions ended Sunday night.
As the competition has come to its conclusion, we here at the Ink Grid have done our rounds to bring together a top 5 of the tastiest, crispiest, and most experimental sounds that have come from the ashes of Ukiyo.
dyāna (Perth, WA)
Repping the Ink Grid’s home city comes a Perth producer with the alias dyāna. Having released their rendition of Ukiyo just yesterday, they will be one of the final wave of producers flooding the unearthed site with their chunes - this one in particular standing strong and loyal in the name of future bass.
Yvng Jalapeño (Brisbane, QLD)
This Brisbanite has turned Ukiyo into a warm and uplifting anthem. Yvng’s remix builds up into a soft synth drop that stenches of subtle euphoria, somewhat like a well-worn fedora - but in a good way. Props to the Jalapeño popper.
TDY (Sydney, NSW)
Trap hands out for this remix - horns, snare rolls and all. TDY has indeed done a tidy job of banging up the 808’s on this one, even managing to be one of the earliest to upload their mix. But will this early bird snag the musicians metaphorical worm? We think they’re definitely in for a shot.
Doublezero (Adelaide, SA)
This one was definitely the most forthright about taking a step forward in their transformation of Ukiyo; capturing the essence of the song in lyrics and layering them above a seething indie backbone of a beat. Doublezero took it to a new world, and they pulled it off.
Neon Cassettes (Sydney, NSW)
Nu Disco vibes coming out of this producers flip, with some tender throbbing bass and slapping snares, this mid tempo fix has groove in all the right places. It’s definitely one of the few funkier remixes that we found worked. Ups to you Neon.
Let us know your favourites and key us in if we missed out on any banger remixes!