Bristol-based Phaeleh is an absolute icon of the future garage/downtempo scene. His discography is an absolute no-skip, containing some of my personal favourite tracks in the genre. His latest remix of Kennedy One's "Gravity" goes only to demonstrate this.
Tightly produced and atmospheric, the track opens with a soft hihat rhythm accompanied by a pulsing synth line and lush background pads. Everything melodic or tonal is heavily filtered, leaving room for the drums to sit easily in a space of their own up in the high frequencies. As the "drop" (for want of a better word) sweeps in, gated vocal cuts and sweeping effects join this soundscape, acting as the final piece of the puzzle in the bed of warmth it provides the track.
The only other rhythmic element outside the drums is a soft pluck that plays a slow melody high up above the atmosphere. Each pluck is almost reminiscent of water droplets, transient and fleeting; rounded by their surroundings. Being the only regular transient sound other than the drums, they carry an important role in the progression of the track and step up to this task with ease.
Listen to Phaeleh's remix of Kennedy One's "Gravity" here: