Welcome back, Mike D. One-third of the Beastie Boys has returned to the scene with his first new music since the death of his bandmate Adam "MCA" Yauch, who succumbed to cancer in May 2012 at the age of 47.
The 10-minute-long mix uploaded to Mike D's official Soundcloud page is titled "Humberto vs. The New Reactionaires" and it was produced for designer Kenzo's Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show.
As Mike D reveals in an interview on the Kenzo website, the mix draws on the Beasties' early punk influences Black Flag, Bad Brains, and Circle Jerks, while mixing in some more modern hardcore hip-hop trap beats.
The collaboration with designers Carol, Humberto, and the Kenzo label was spawned by their mutual friendship with filmmaker Spike Jonze. Coincidentally, Mike D compared the process for producing music for a fashion show to "scoring a soundtrack for a movie, but without an actual film."
In the interview, Mike D is asked what aspects of fashion interest him the most. "I've always been more captivated by that kid that clearly has an individual solo soundtrack," he responds. "That dresses, walks, moves to his or her own frequency for years before anyone else catches on."
With "Humberto vs. The New Reactionaries" Mike D once again sounds ahead of the curve. As the Beastie Boys once rapped, "Ch-Check It Out" and let us know what you think.