Song Premiere: Operation Mockingbird, “Repeat”

Wondering Sound Staff

By Wondering Sound Staff

on 10.30.14 in News

Operation Mockingbird is the brainchild of the producer Cheatcode, who’s racked up raves for his clever, cockeyed mashups that cross-stitch classic rock — Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith — with hip-hop. That kind of trickery can scan as overly clever at best, unbearably cheesy at worst, but Cheatcode’s takes seemed refreshingly counterintuitive — they weren’t mashups so much as entirely new songs. He applies that same aesthetic to “Repeat,” laying down grim, grimy production and blink-and-you’ll-miss-them scratches that serve as a backdrop for tough, take-no-prisoners rhyming.