Two Steps Ahead. In renaming his arrangement of Aretha Franklin’s rarest single “After Midnight,” SoundCloud member Particular seems to have been inspired by a recent feature on artist Steven Lopez’s illustration of the Queen of Soul, above. Not to be confused with the excellent song by Split Enz, Franklin’s “One Step Ahead” was released as a 7” in 1965 by Columbia Records before the singer’s relationship with Atlantic had established her reign. It remains many a crate digger’s holy grail and was infamously sampled by Mos Def. Today we direct your attention to Clutchy Hopkins’ take on that collectors’ facet of the fabulous recording. In addition, the “PH Edit” that leaves us wondering – even as we pat ourselves on the back for sleuthing out the source of his misnomer – if t’was by innocence or by stealth that his remix was “white labeled” so.