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Listen: Murder Mark and Friends, “Set Me Free”

At this point, giving old Motown hits the club treatment is pretty much played out—and nobody's ever gonna top DJ Technics' "Mr. Postman" anyway—but Murder Mark cleverly reimagines that entry-level club music trick on "Set Me Free." The Cherry Hill club producer uses the Supremes' classic "You Keep Me Hangin' On" as but one part of his electro-club hybrid style, rather than the focus. He holds off on the expected, stuttering, sample-chopping build-up until the outro, and otherwise cleans up the Motown staple by nearly Auto-Tuning the thing. Then, he pads the production with traditionalist club elements and hands it over to singing, rapping friends T.T. the Artist and Mike-Mike. Another way to look at "Set Me Free": as an answer to producer Will.i.am's Baltimore club-inflected hits like "OMG" from Usher and Nicki Minaj's "Check It Out" (which even has a mid-song "Think" break beatdrop). Mark teased this club corrective approach with his "

" from November, but "Set Me Free," though it goes harder for sure, threatens to match Will.i.am's shiny pop accessibility as well.

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