Tagged: remix

Pogo – Boo Bass (Monsters Inc. Drum & Bass Remix)

This is wonderful.

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It’s a lovely, lilting drum & bass track. No great surprises there, lots of drum & bass is lovely & lilting.

But it’s made up, in large part, from little snippets of sound effects and speech from the Pixar film Monsters Inc. It’s by a guy known as Pogo and reminds me slightly of the classic drum & bass track Links by Chameleon (off of the era-defining LTJ Bukem compilation Logical Progression) which made excellent use of a sample from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

According to Pogo’s  bio, he’s from Perth in Australia and apparently this is what he does. By this, I mean:

record sounds from my favourite games and movies, and piece them together like a jigsaw puzzle to create completely new music

I actually remember seeing his remix of Up, which is equally wonderful, but hadn’t realised that it was part of an opus of sorts. I’m glad that it is.

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Hat tip to Kevin May.

Image courtesy of Pixar.

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Stevie Wonder – Superstition (Obol Remix)

I’ll keep this one short.

So, Gilles Peterson, second show on BBC 6Music. Sixth track of the afternoon, a restrained, slow-building house remix of Stevie Wonder’s funk classic Superstition. The remix is by Obol, who I don’t know much about other than the fact that he likes remixing things, and he’s from Switzerland.

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I don’t often say this about cover versions, let alone remixes, but I actually think that Obol improves Superstition; yes, that’s right – I just said that this is better than Stevie Wonder’s original. I always felt that, whilst it’s a great track to get people dancing, the disco was a bit forced on Superstition. With all that stripped away and nothing left to distract us from the lyrics of the song, it’s actually much more powerful. Mat Weddle managed a similar trick with his cover of Outkast’s Hey Ya.

Anyway, enjoy. Here’s hoping Gilles pulls some more smashes out of the bag next week.

Voodoo doll by [F]oxymoron on flickr

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Adele – Rolling In The Deep (Remix)

Any regular readers will know that I’m a fan of remixes, and there are a lot of good ones out there. But, there can be few that will ever come close to the genius of this incredibly moving reworking of Adele’s Rolling In The Deep.

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Whoever this dillbert21 is, it wouldn’t surprise me if ends up being asked to produce the new Madonna album.

Adele portrait by Andrius Kulikauskas on flickr

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#shfl11: Brass Construction – Happy People

Well, #shfl11 finally seems to be doing what I’d hoped it would: introducing me to music I have never encountered before, despite it being on my iPod. Today, Happy People by Brass Construction, which is certainly the worst band name we’ve had so far, and possibly one of the worst names ever. According to Wikipedia they were originally called Dynamite Soul, and I can’t help thinking that they probably spent quite a lot of time wishing they’d never changed it.

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Or then again, maybe not, because Happy People is taken from Brass Construction III, which was, unsurprisingly, their third album, which was released before they went on to release Brass Construction IV, V & VI. They really weren’t great at the whole naming lark, were they? Even their Best Of is more imaginatively named. Still, at least their music is better than their way with words. Happy People is a meaty, if hardly revolutionary slice of 70s disco-funk, bringing to mind Earth, Wind & Fire, The Gap Band and Kool & The Gang, amongst others.

Brass Construction, however, never quite reached the heights that these other bands did (maybe something to do with the name?), only broaching the main US Top 100 on 3 occasions, and the UK Top 30 twice. In both instances their highest position was reached with their first single, the dance-floor classsic Movin’: you may not have heard of Brass Construction (I hadn’t), but you’ll almost have certainly have heard the track (I had).

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Considering that Movin’ was their first single, that Happy People, off of their 3rd album, is a clone of it, and that their last UK chart entry, in 1988, was with a remix of Movin’, it’s hard not to think that they never reached the heights because they didn’t have the same quantity of quality. That said, considering who’s sampled them, and how good Movin’ is (and Happy People ain’t bad either), you’d have to say that they’re still responsible for a lot more good music than many other, more famous acts, and I’m just glad that #shfl11 brought them into my life.

#shfl11 is a self-set challenge to write a post every day in 2011 about whatever song pops up 1st on shuffle on my iPod

Construction site by Jakob Montrasio on flickr

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#shfl11: Break Reform – Fractures (U-Neek Dub)

Around 11 years ago I returned from a great year in Australia, though when I got back to the UK I was very happy to be able to find great music without having to wait for a Gilles Peterson tape to be sent by a kind friend. And, so, one of my first buys after returning was the 1st Worldwide Mix by the aforementioned Mr Peterson. Amongst many stand-out tracks, Break Reform’s Perfect Season was, and is, a wonderful slice of modern British jazz; cool, subtle and utterly addictive, it’s, well, perfect.

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Unfortunately Fractures, the title track of the Break Reform’s debut album, is anything but. With a plodding beat, a discordant piano line that sounds like a Portishead off-cut and Nanar Vorperian ‘s beautiful vocals smothered in the mix, it’s only lifted by a Koop-style vibes harmony. All in all it sounds like a bit of very average mid-90s trip-hop.

Thankfully, the track that popped up when I hit shuffle this morning wasn’t Fractures, but the version featured on the remix album New Perspectives, the U-Neek Dub. It’s not often that I’d say remixing a track in a dub-style improves it, let alone makes it more cheerful, but that’s what this version does. The whole song is made more listenable by the dub-lite make-over; it’s like the ska-fairy sprinkled some moon-dust on the frog and made a prince.

Unfortunately I can’t seem to find anywhere to link to the U-Neek Dub remix, so you’ll have to take my word for it that it’s likely to bring a smile to these long winter nights. But thanks to the magic of Amazon, you can at least sample the eternal perfection of Perfect Season right now.

#shfl11 is a self-set challenge to write a post every day in 2011 about whatever song pops up 1st on shuffle on my iPod.

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M.O.P. & Busta Rhymes – Ante Up

I’ve just been flicking through the crap that makes up Saturday TV when I came across one of these interminable ’50 Best (insert genre here)’ shows on 4music. Except that this particular show was being presented by our next Prime minister, Dizzee Rascal, and was made up of the best team-ups. Being Dizzee, it has a hip-hop bent, and when he played the remix of M.O.P.’s Ante Up which features Busta Rhymes, it  almost had me jumping up & down on the sofa.

Yeah, yeah, yeah (or something)!

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And if, like me, you couldn’t stop wondering what the horn sample in Ante Up is taken from, it turns out that it’s from the Sam & Dave track Soul Sister, Brown Sugar. So now you know!

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UPDATE: I’ve just been sent this rather wonderful mash-up of old footage of Bert & Ernie from Sesame Street and Ante Up. Puppets in da hizzouse!

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Brown sugar image by aaron13251 on flickr

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Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You (Bob Sinclar Remix)

I know that I only wrote about the original version of Music Sounds Better With You by Stardust but I just had to post this amazing Bob Sinclar remix. Why?

  • Because, far from posting too many music videos, this blog has recently turned into one long rant.
  • Because I stumbled across this Bon Sinclair remix earlier today and realised that I hadn’t heard it for going on 10 years.
  • Because it reminded me of how, when I recorded it off of Kiss back in 1998, both Kiss & Xfm were still half-decent radio stations, rather than just variations of every other bland commercial station.
  • Because that bass-line is just so damn sexy.

Enjoy.

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Stardust image by smneale on flickr

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Frankie Valli – Beggin’ (Pilooski Mix) [From Adidas Ad]

So I have to say that the newish Adidas ad is one that, in theory, I should hate.

The idea of them organising the ultimate house-party, to which Adidas has invited all its mates, from Estelle to David Beckham, Kate Perry to Missy Elliot, feels like it might just be trying a bit too hard. After all, do you honestly imagine that Victoria would allow David to go to a party where people are skate-boarding, unless he was being paid? And would you really want to go to a party where the Ting Tings were smearing paint on the walls of one of the rooms? No, me neither. That said, I do love Dynamo, and doubt there’s ever been a cooler pair of trainers than shell toes.

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However, one thing the ad gets very right is its choice of sound-track. It’s a remix of the Frankie Valli track Beggin’ by someone called Pilooski, and the video is below. Apparently it was commissioned by 679 Recordings, the home of The Streets. Pilooski takes the piano & guitar melody from the original, adds some lovely breakbeat and turns it into an addictive little number. It’s not radically different from the original of Beggin’, but is no worse for that as the original is pretty special too.

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I’m not sure whether they released a Best Of of his work, or were just asked to provide a remix for one. Either way, it’s been out a couple of years and you can get it on iTunes whilst the original is available over on Amazon.

Adidas image by Yodel Anecdotal on flickr

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Dillinger – Cocaine In My Brain

A remix of this track just came on the office stereo (the Groove Corporation one that features on the Bedroom Sessions mix by Faithless) and I just felt like I had to play the original. Cocaine In My Brain by Dillinger is undoubtedly not a song that should be taken as a suggestion on how to live one’s life, but there’s no denying that it’s a bloody great tune.

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In fact, with it’s insidious rhythm, skanking guitar line and riduclous lyrics, it’s almsot as addictive as the Devil’s dandruff. As someone addicted to nothing stronger than good music I have to say that I’m rather taken with the white vinyl copy of Cocaine In My Brainby Dillinger seen in this video.

Knife & fork image by lizjones112 on flickr

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