At only 19 years old, Belfast native Ciaran McDonald has made a name for himself producing under the BEAR//FACE moniker. Influenced by artists like Ginuwine and D’Angelo, McDonald plays with the runs and licks of R&B tracks to create pitched-down vocals and churning rhythms. Beat_Tape, McDonald’s first EP, was released via Bandcamp, and garnered early support from artists like Cyril Hahn and Sun Glitters. Since then, McDonald has gained notoriety for his remixes of A$AP Rocky and Waka Flocka Flame, both of which can be found in this mix. His second EP is due out this summer.
BEAR//FACE’s exclusive mix for SSENSE is comprised almost entirely of remixes, opening with his own bootleg of A$AP Rocky’s P.M.W – a collaborative effort with Virginia-based producer Ruddyp. Waka Flocka Flame’s Hard in da Paint gets the trap treatment from hip-hop producer GRANT, followed by BEAR//FACE’s own production Bruh Bruh, and a slew of heavy beats from Chief Keef, Scrufizze and TNGHT. Shake Weight by Captain Murphy, the rap alias of producer Flying Lotus, closes the mix.