R&B’s new school has a lot of strong voices, but Oakland’s Kehlani might be one of its strongest. She came from hard beginnings and worked her way to a brighter present, and she’ll be damned if anyone will steal her shine or use it without giving what she deserves in return. She’s a feminist simply by existing and a force on the microphone with lyrical bite. She takes on modern issues with smooth soul, inspired by ’90s queens from Lauryn Hill to Erykah Badu.
Dance music has long been inspired by the hip-hop community, but there are just as many producers today who draw from rhythm and blues. A lot of talented producers have put their talents up against Kehlani’s sultry brightness, and these seven remixes are our favorite hot takes. Whether you’re looking to hype up or come down even cozier, this list of Kehlani remixes has something for you.
Kehlani – “Til the Morning” (Snakehips Remix)
If there’s one electronic dance outfit that knows its way around a sensual R&B beat, it’s definitely UK duo Snakehips. The dudes take this 2014 throwback and turn its rhythm up to an energy that says “you might only want me until the morning, but right now, it’s still only 9 a.m., and we’re in this like it’s going to last forever.”
Kehlani – “Runnin'” (Stwo Remix)
Every strong woman knows the struggle to find a man who isn’t too intimidated by her fierceness, but STWO had no fear putting his swerve on this smoky beat. The French producer meets the Oakland voice and puts some serious beat knock on its already magical mood. We’re not sure where the Houston in its screwed-up finale came from, but we’re glad it’s there.
Kehlani – “Undercover” (Adventure Club Remix)
An Akon shout out turns into one of Kehlani’s grooviest bumpers, and Adventure Club meets that attitude with a special kind of grime. It’s dubstep-flavored bass wobbles are curbed with dramatic piano chords and building tension. It’s never totally an in-your-face bang fest, but there is something explosive about this boom.
“Down for You” is a song all about friends who are too afraid to take things to the next level, and where does friendship flirt with the borders of love more than on the dance floor? Powerhouse producer Djemba Djemba gives the original swooner a serious bass boost and some swinging future bumps. is it enough musical courage to say what’s on your mind?
Kehlani – “Jealous” feat. Lexii Alijai (Mr. Carmack Remix)
Just like that princess Aaliyah, Kehlani isn’t just anybody, and just as she can’t be caught with some thirsty dude who wants to use her fame to make his exes jealous, remixers need to come ready to bring real heat. ?Mr. Carmack is one of the realest beat makers in the game, and he proves he can be as sensitive as the next crooner on this beautiful dim-lit breakdown.?
Kehlani – “Jealous” feat. Lexii Alijai (No Sleep Remix)
If you were looking for a “Jealous” remix with a little more energy, No Sleep has that upbeat vibe. The Pittsburgh native brings some future bass to his trap-infused take. It’s got enough bounce to put that loser dude out the frame, which means you’ve got room for the dude who knows how to play it cool to dance his way over.
Kehlani – “Undercover” (DEVAULT Remix)
We finish our list with one more remix of “Undercover,” this time from California’s DEVAULT. It’s a bit brighter than Adventure Club’s take, though it still brings the rhythm a hair cooler than the original. It’s also got quite the theatrical build with lots of bass rumbles on the drop, but this one is a bit more futuristic with the wobble.