My sources1 tell me that there are two great little reworks of bluesy soul things floating around this week.
The Reflex brings us a fairly subtle rerub of B. B. King’s The Thrill is Gone, just adding some “hip hop bounce”:
You can pick up the full version of their Bandcamp for a buck fiddy. I have done.
Secondly, and a bit more involved, we have a mashup of
Kayne Kanye’s Gold Digger and Chiddy Bang by Ray Charles. It is most definitely not rubbish:
This is from Bavaria’s own Mash Mike.
1 The internet
I’ve just found out about a guy called DJ Prince. He seems to be a big deal in his native Norway but this is the first I’ve heard of him – no surprises there then. His SoundCloud has some great reworks and mashups so I’ve helped myself. It’s pretty dancefloor friendly and some of it is straight out clubcheese so have a root around and see what takes your fancy.
Thanks Mr. Prince!
I found this on some compilation white label thing in my collection the other day. It really is a killer remix and doesn’t appear to be listenable online so I dun ript it for yu. Just a straight remix really. The name’s a bit odd because it’s got a total West coast g-funk vibe. Whatever.
While staying at my Dad’s for Christmas I spend many a happy hour browsing through his records for hidden classics. I’m always amazed at how I can find new (to me) records every time I go round, despite him having only about 200 pieces.
Anyway, I came across an early ‘Best Of’ of a female singer who I’d never heard of. After a little Googling it turns out she had one monster hit in ’78 but never really managed to follow it up, despite a career that continues to this day. Anyway, there was this one acapella track on her Best Of which reminded me of Florence and the Machine and would make a great remix or re-edit in the right hands. I’d probably murder it.
I’m not going to post the song because I reckon this has real legs and don’t want to throw it to the wolves. This needs the right treatment. If anyone fancies having a go then get in touch!
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The original has punchy, in-your-face drums, aggressive cuts, a foreboding piano riff and a dude going “hooooOOOoOOoOooOOoohhh! throughout the whole track. The remix has a trademark rock chilled horn, softer, 90s boom-bap drums and a guest verse from Pete himself that’s more lazy brag rap than socially conscious rant.
It’s as if he heard the original and thought: “Sounds a bit too harsh, I’d best mellow it out a bit.”
Why you would want to take the rough edges of a Public Enemy track is beyond me but fair play, apparently the remix was done in one day. Give me the album version any day though.
Schooly D’s first, self-titled album was one of my first vinyl purchases ever because it had both PSK and Gucci Time. For a couple of years now I’ve had a remix idea in my head of doing a kind of horrorcore version of PSK with a beat made of horror sound effects like multi-pitched screams, creaking doors, groans, lightning for claps and stuff. The vocals on the track have a kind of spacey, otherworldly quality that take your mind away from the realist subject matter – I just think a spooky remix would do it justice it’s Hallowe’en to boot.
Alas, my remixing abilities aren’t up to much and I’ve never been able to find a clean vocal of that track. Looks like I’ll have to learn a few tricks before you get to hear this treat!