LISTEN: Justin Timberlake ‘Suit & Tie (Feat. Jay-Z)’ (Ta-ku Remix)


Surely by now you know that JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE has made a comeback, and boy has he still got it. Since the release of his latest single ‘Suit & Tie (feat. Jay Z)’, there has been an influx of musicians reworking the track to make it their own. One of these musicians is Perth beatsmith TA-KU – he definitely “freaked it a little”.

The remix maintains a crystal clear, sharp beat the entire way through; opposed to the gentle, fluffy arrangement going on in the original. Expect handclaps, bell strikes, chest-heaving bass, bongos and your unconditional white gurl love for JT to re-enlighten your soul.

The chorus is welcomed by an even bigger sound, as Ta-ku fuzzes the original brass section with the help of a synthesizer. This truly separates the verse from chorus.

Later down the track, you’ll bump into JAY-Z. You’ll notice the slight vocal adjustment as his voice echoes and fades out into the background.

Ta-ku wraps up the remix with an obscure little bubbly key sample on repeat, eventually warping into a different tonal colour.

Having just released the remix on his personal Soundcloud, you may have heard its live premiere before it was even uploaded. This is if you were a part of Ta-ku‘s very first East Coast tour of course; particularly at the Sydney show where Ta-ku packed out GoodGod’s Danceteria.

At the close of his set, Nina Las Vegas took the opportunity to play the new track for Ta-ku‘s audience before kicking off her own show. To put it simply, it went off. Check out the shakey footage below.

Words by Hannah Galvin.



An avid fan of Sydney’s jazz and found sound scene, as well as eating peanut butter from the jar.