Back in the early ’00s, Roy Kerr (a.k.a. the Freelance Hellraiser) was taking apart pop, rap, and indie rock songs and recombining them into strangely synergistic new combinations of sounds and styles, which launched a brief but potent craze for mash-ups (like his brilliant Strokes/Christina Aguilera fusion “A Stroke of Genie-us”) that radically altered how people think about genre. Around the same time, Anu Pillai was working under the name Freeform Five and producing tracks like “Perspex Sex” that provided some of the high points the era’s electro revival, whose influence has been all over the Hot 100 lately.
Since 2007, Pillai and Kerr have been teaming up under the name Kid Gloves. They’re about to release a new single for Brooklyn’s Fool’s Gold label, home to A-Trak, Danny Brown, and a bunch of other acts who are redefining the sound of hip-hop and dance music. The lead track is called “Third Round,” which the pair describe thusly: “Some days you’ve just got to ask yourself, what would A-Trak do? That was the task we set ourselves that day. To throw down and cut up some Crydamoure grooves with hand crafted vocal chops. ‘Third Round’ is our latest upper cut. Lean and mean and hungry like a young Balboa. It’s the ringside walk-on music we imagine in our heads when we step out to our local coffee shop. Probably explains all those strange looks we’ve been getting.”