When Eliminate released his single Karate Kid in October of last year, featuring the iconic vocals of Armanni Reign, he used it to cap off a breakout year. A few months have gone by and now another Northwest-native is using the tune to potentially spark a year similar to Eliminate’s 2014. Pullman-based Sixfour, also known as Derek Lombardo, reworks the original to great effect, producing one of his best tunes to date.
Currently in the process of earning his Communication degree at Washington State University in Pullman, Sixfour is developing his sound while keeping anything and everything on the table. Beginning in drum & bass and transitioning to Melbourne electro house, he’s willing take anything on, something that’s earned him great opportunities in the past. So, when the chance to work with one of his favorite artists in the legendary Armanni Reign came about, he took it.
“I loved working with Armanni’s vocals because he’s got an edge to his voice that make it perfect for the harder end of dance music, but a certain clarity and energy that makes it easy to work with.”
Initially asking Eliminate, also known as Nathan Merrill, for the vocal stems to Karate Kid, the fellow Coug and Northwest-native was happy to send over the full stems for Sixfour to take a crack at. Working with Reign’s vocals, and remixing a fellow Northwest artist, for the first time, Sixfour doesn’t let us down. His dark, bouncy take on the original fits right in with the great batch of remixes already available. The Karate Kid Remixes EP was released via Play Me Records earlier this month, but Sixfour offers us something completely different, in all the best ways.
“Part of the reason I’m so excited about this one is that I think Nate is going to be the biggest thing to come out of the Northwest in a long time. And the significance of him being a Coug isn’t lost on me either!”
High-energy, full of bounce, and arguably his most refined Melbourne house tune yet, the latest from Sixfour shows the evolution we’ve known he’s been capable of. Let us know what you think of Sixfour’s take on Karate Kid, which is available for free download! Comment below, on Facebook, or reply on Twitter!
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