There are many admirers of Brittany Howard’s debut solo album Jaime. Including, Atlanta-based hip hop duo EARTHGANG, who reimagine “Goat Head” and Bon Iver, who brings fresh textures to “Short and Sweet.” The tracks are the first to be revealed from an upcoming collection of remixes from Jaime. Since its release last September, the album has won widespread praise from critics – earning placement on “best of” lists by numerous outlets.
With the addition of two new verses, EARTHGANG take “Goat Head” – Howard’s highly personal account of growing up as a mixed-race child in a small Southern town at the turn of the 21st century – and turn it into a bold anthem for 2020’s social justice movement.
EARTHGANG explains, “We’ve been big fans of Brittany and Alabama Shakes so this is a dream come true. Songs like these help us make sense of all the craziness in the world at times. Her song ‘Goat Head,’ dealing with her black experience in America and The World, resonated the loudest at this time. Just thankful to be able to give the world our medicine and heal the people.”
Bon Iver adds rich layers to “Short and Sweet” – a song celebrating a nascent romance that Howard originally recorded alone, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar – and imbues it with a twinkling, ethereal vibe that both complements and contrasts its old-time warmth.
Atlanta, GA, EARTHGANG’s Olu and WowGr8, combine original lyricism with Southern-fried soul, every song arrives fully formed, hitting hard and landing jokes while also delving deep into political issues. Signed to J. Cole’s Interscope imprint, Dreamville, EARTHGANG first hit a stride with 3-EP project inspired by “The Wiz;” Rags, Robots, and Royalty. In 2019, EARTHGANG continued their dominance by contributing to the year’s best hip-hop compilation in Revenge of The Dreamers III.