PREP have today released a set of three new remixes, which reimagine tracks from their recent EP ‘Cold Fire’ (out now through Jeffrey International). Featuring re-rubs from Hype Machine-topping Two Another (stream here), 37 Adventures-signed producer Royce Wood Junior(stream here) and PREP’s own Giom, (stream here), the remixes arrive on the tail of a sold-out London Oslo headline show and a raft of Asian tour dates from PREP.
Two Another’s opening remix of ‘Cold Fire’ suffuses the EP’s title track – which features guest spots from Kaytranada-approved producer Pomo and Korean megastar DEAN – with bursts of choppy, disco-leaning guitar, whilst PREP’s own drummer, Guillaume Jambel – under the Giom alias, with which he’s also topped the Beatport chart & collaborated with the likes of George Fitzgerald and Joey Negro – transports ‘Snake Oil’ (which also features Kitsuné signing Reva Devito) onto the dancefloor with a House rework. The string of remixes is rounded out by Jamie Woon-collaborator Royce Wood Junior, who pitches down PREP frontman Tom Havelock’s falsetto to striking effect on his mix of rueful EP closer ‘Rachel’.
The ‘Cold Fire’ EP captures hotly-tipped Londoners PREP making good on the buzz from their debut EP ‘Futures’, released in 2016 alongside 4 Hype Machine hits, an AlunaGeorge remix and radio plays across Radio, 1Xtra and Beats 1, with over 7 million streams online. PREP came about as an alias for 4 artists with an eye-watering list of credits under their belts. Co-writer and keyboard player Llywelyn Ap Myrddin began writing instrumentals with Guillaume, who has previously headlined Fabric and collaborated with Defected Records.
Llywelyn was thrown by the response to these tracks from Grammy nominee Dan Radclyffe, noted for his work on recordings by Drake and AlunaGeorge. “I played him this instrumental, and Dan said, ‘Well that’s quite Yacht Rock, isn’t it?’ And I was like ‘What on earth is Yacht Rock?’” Sensing the foundations of a shared musical DNA, Myrddin, Jambel and Radclyffe’s line up was solidified by frontman Tom Havelock, who’d previously been co-writing for Riton, Sinead Hartnett and Ray BLK).