60 Channels, the eclectic brainchild of LA-based electronic musician, producer, and film composer The Angel, is back with a reimagined version of “How It Goes Down,” a cut from her 1999 EP Give Me Your Love. For the track, The Angel once again called upon her former Delicious Vinyl labelmate and friend Tre Hardson—a.k.a. Slimkid3, founding member of LA rap greats The Pharcyde. When The Angel broke out onto the scene in the early-’90s, in addition to her own recordings she started remixing songs by The Brand New Heavies, Donald Byrd, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and The Pharcyde, among countless others. In 1997, she branched out into film, composing music for the Tupac film Gridlock'd, and in 2001 recorded the entire score for the cult classic Boiler Room.
The accompanying new video for “How It Goes Down,” directed by her and Slimkid3, is hypnotic, woozy, and distorted, perfectly complementing the flow and arrangements of the song, and its remodeling arrives with a contemporary aesthetic as rich as its legacy within West Coast hip-hop.
"There's always been a certain synergy and open-mindedness that Slimkid3 and I share as artists,” The Angel says of their collaboration. “So back when I turned him on to jungle in the '90s, he was down to experiment. Tre has this uniquely freeform, philosophical way of expressing himself through his lyrics. And I built on that feeling with the original, jungle version of ‘How It Goes Down,’ with Tre's cool, smooth singing style anchoring the chorus. But in complete contrast to that upbeat, feel good vibe, I always felt that there was a gritty, cinematic version to be had, given the heft of Tre's message and his delivery. So when I dug back in to remix the song, I opted to create this anthemic, chant-like chorus, using dramatic effects on his rhymes to match the intensity of the track. It's a beautiful thing to be collaborating with my spiritual Libra brother again in 2022."
Watch the video for “How It Goes Down” below, and purchase the track here.