Tuesday Track: Missy Elliott – Work It (Nico Jaar Rework)


We’re all familiar with Missy Elliott’s 2002 classic, “Work It”—the overtly sexual jammer from her fourth album Under Construction. The song, which reached number 2 on the Billboard Top 100, is incredibly raunchy in the best way possible. Missy’s not a slut; she just knows what she wants. While “Work It” is Tuesday Track worthy in itself, twenty-one year old Nicolas Jaar’s take on the song is totally unique, a little spooky, and perfect for the day after Halloween.

“Work It (Nico Jaar Rework)” is featured on “Nico’s Bluewave Edits”—a three-song remix record from Wolf + Lamb—and has been limitedly pressed on vinyl. While the essence of the song remains, Jaar has hollowed it out by replacing the old school synth pattern with sounds of lethargic popping bongos. Additionally he slows and deepens Missy’s sassy vocals, which adds an eerie sensuality to the already unscrupulous song. The bizarre slowness of Jaar’s rhythm is amplified by the line “I put my thing down, flip it, and reverse it,” which is said and then played backwards in the original version as well as the rework. Overall, the juxtaposition of Missy’s bumping tune and Jaar’s minimal style is an intriguing, and perhaps unexpected success.

Jaar, who was born in Chile and grew up in New York, began making electronic music in 2004 and since then has released several EPs and a full-length, Space Is Only Noise, which came out on Circus Company earlier this year. The Brown University student has performed with Deadbeat, this year’s Mystery Concert headliner Flying Lotus, and others—playing notable venues around the globe. This past September, Jaar, accompanied by a full band, put on a stirring performance at Electric Zoo. Recently, the young musician started his own record label, Clown and Sunset and although it appears that the website is under construction, keep checking back for updates and new releases.



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