Skepta Sounds Unstoppable On A New Version Of Jamie xx’s ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’

Skepta has already released one of the songs of the summer in ‘Shutdown’ and now he’s got his mitts all over another. This one-and-a-half minute interpretation of Jamie xx’s deckchair banger ‘…(Good Times)’ barely qualifies as a remix – the Tottenham MC only raps over half of what’s nothing more than a slightly sped up scrap of the xx man’s tune. Inevitably, the increased BPM suits Skepta and his verse replaces the sun-kissed, hands-in-the-air quality of the original with something much more dangerous. It’s a fraction of the length of the extended dancehall version of the song Jamie xx recently unveiled in Los Angeles, but Skepta’s mere presence means it’s a hell of a lot more exciting.

Even though it sounds like he’s rapping about his ascent beyond the grime scene that spawned him (“I’ve got a first class ticket to the top/ And no you can’t stop that plane”), the hardness of Skepta’s tone lends his bars razor-sharp edge. Then, he crowbars in a mention of his Boy Better Know crew, as if to underline their crusade towards the mainstream. “It’s the Boy Better Know campaign”, he spits, “Everyday we pop champagne/ Celebrate life like Christmas Day/ Don’t care what a man say”. He sounds unstoppable.