Sometimes in life, it really is all about the smallest things. For reasons beyond explaining, Murkage Dave watched as a brief interlude on last year’s debut album Murkage Dave Changed My Life grow from one of the lightest touches on his record into a fan favorite and eventual live staple. Why all the clamor for “White Nikes in the Rain”? Probably because it sounds like pure bliss.
Blissful as it may be, it’s still a bit short. Which is why Dave is seriously delivering with this stacked remixed version of the track, one that enlists vocals from Peyton and remix assist from Narx. Take a listen below:
In an email to Highsnobiety, Murkage Dave outlined the journey of this particular track’s rise to prominence: “Ever since my album first dropped last October people have been getting onto me to do a full length version of the ‘White Nikes in the Rain’ interlude. But for me, I just wanted to leave it as that special little moment on the album, I really didn’t want to ruin it doing just any old thing.
Narx, who co-produced ‘See Man Smile,’ asked me if he could make a remix of ‘White Nikes in the Rain’ that he could play in his DJ sets. When he sent what he’d done I was blown away man, and it was at this point I knew we could do something more with this tune.”
As for how Dave came across the rising artist Peyton, it seems like it was truly a case of kismet. “When it comes to new artists I mainly listen to UK shit,” says Dave. “But my manager Grant puts me on to a lot of independent American stuff as well. When he played me Peyton her voice grabbed me immediately, she reminded me of a lot of the singers UK Garage producers would sample in the ’90s. Plus Narx was already a huge fan of her, so it was a no brainer to ask her to do vocals for the remix. What she’s done is amazing, she has so much pain in her voice, and the way she replies to what i’m saying really is the missing piece to finishing the song. Couldn’t be happier man.”
“I enjoyed writing my verses,” add Peyton regarding their collaboration. “It’s such a fun song! I love the raw honesty in the lyrics Dave wrote. This made it easier to connect with and allowed my words to flow out almost instantly.”
The stellar track will appear on a remix album of last year’s debut, Murkage Dave Changed My Life – due out next Friday, September 13, and he will be embarking on a fall tour starting next month. Also arriving that same day is Peyton’s new EP Reach Out. Look out for them both!