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Jaust, 'Feel the Smoke Rise' (Lockah Remix): Exclusive Song Premiere

Jaust may seem like just another mysterious Los Angeles beatmaker -- all we know is he's from New Zealand and has done art installations and soundtracked video games and films -- but he's got talent and some high-profile friends. One of them is Scottish producer Tom Banks, who goes by Lockah and fuses hip-hop, house, and '80s synths to make a mishmash of beats and textures. He tackles Jaust's "Feel the Smoke Rise," ladling 808s and Heartbreak-styled distortion over the indiscernible opening vocals. Of the idea behind the original and its remix, Jaust says:  

"Feel the Smoke Rise" has pretty dark origins. It was inspired by a piece of film a friend shot that had an old man walking through the dessert. To me it seemed like a metaphor for what its like to come to the end of your life and it got me thinking. You're alone in this massive wasteland so where do you turn? I thought that idea of your ancestors coming to greet you in this desert was really inspiring, you'r not alone. You have a massive blood line and everyone before you has gone through this same thing. So the song is about being at the end of your days, completely alone and counting down your final moments without fear.

I've been a fan of Lockah for the last couple of years. To me he's a completely inspiring musician. He manages to pull off new ideas without it sounding contrived and his song structures are brilliant. He's brought back all the old synth sounds that by themselves sound terrible but he gives them another dimension. His use of compression and mixing is sublime, everything is so well thought out but he makes it feel spontaneous. He also balances a sense of humour with very real emotion in his songs. Again it all feels so easy and fluid with him.

Jaust's remix collection Feel the Smoke Rise arrives Aug. 19.