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Yes’ Steve Howe, Deep Purple’s Ian Paice featured on “X Moves,” new collaborative single by late rapper DMX

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FridayApr092021

Cleopatra RecordsA new collaborative single called "X Moves" featuring the unusual pairing of late hardcore rapper DMX with Yes guitarist Steve Howe, Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice and legendary Parliament-Funkadelic bassist Bootsy Collins has just been released as a digital download and via streaming services.

The track features DMX's profanity-packed rapping over Howe's spacy guitar riffs, Paice's stampeding beats and Collins' funky bass grooves. Bootsy also trades some spoken verses with DMX, who, sadly, died on Friday after suffering a heart attack at his home last week.

The track was co-produced and mixed by Jürgen Engler, frontman of the German industrial metal band Die Krupps. The song's other co-producer, Cleopatra Records founder Brian Perera, said in a statement, "As 'X Moves' shows, [DMX was] one of the most innovative and original hip hop artists around. Our hearts go out to all of DMX's family, friends and supporters."

A seven-inch, colored-vinyl single version of "X Moves" pressed on red or silver vinyl will be issued this August, and can be pre-ordered now at CleoRecs.com.

(Video contains uncensored profanity.)

By Matt Friedlander
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