Posts Tagged ‘production’
It’s here, y’all! The esteemed Motown on Mondays crew has released the latest in its series of Motown remixes. There’s a whole bunch of really cool stuff on here–including a little touchup of the Jacksons’ version of “Little Bitty Pretty One” by yours truly. Check out the whole album!
What up, everybody? I know it’s been a minute, but I’ve been steadily working on new material, and now I can finally share some of it with y’all. I teamed up with the wonderfully talented J Ross Parrelli to create this EP/mixtape, “The Scenic Route,” a fun and funky voyage from SoCal all the way up to Sacramento. Good tunes and good vibes–and a sign of things to come. You can check it out below, and you can download it for free (or for however much money you feel like dropping) via BandCamp. Hope y’all dig it!
I’m very excited to have the honor of remixing “Hard Work,” the lead single off my man Yameen’s new album. The OG version is a hip-house tune, but for my remix, I took it in a boom-bap direction because that’s just how I do. I got to have the song mixed by the great Matt Kelley (Hieroglyphics, Digital Underground, The Coup, etc.), so I really dialed in on the sound that I want. I feel like this is the best joint I’ve done in a hot minute. Check it out!
To get the entire single, head over to Yameen’s site for the OG version, my remix, instrumentals of both, and a bonus cut!
Got a nice new old tune for y’all! It’s my very own edit of First Choice’s disco classic “Love Thang,” gently remolded. I didn’t add anything to it (not my usual M.O., I know), but instead took things away and redid the arrangement to bring the funk out and emphasize the parts DJs know and love. You can cop it at my brand spanking new Bandcamp page–hope you dig it!
I’ve posted up a couple old remixes on Soundcloud for you to listen to, download, and love.
First up is my remix of “All About the Music” by DJ Z-Trip featuring the legendary Whipper Whip that I did not too long after Z-Trip’s album dropped. It didn’t start out being a remix, but once I put the beat together, I started running vocals on top of it, and Whipper Whip’s worked pretty well, so I laid them down, added some scratches, and finished it off. 8 years later, I found it lurking on my hard drive and decided to post it up. Enjoy!
And then there’s this remix of OutKast’s “Skew It on the Bar-B.” This one didn’t start off as a remix, either, but as a tribute to James Brown. I woke up on December 25, 2006, to the tragic news that James Brown had died. The only thing I could think to do was pay tribute to him the same way so many of my favorite hip-hop songs had: By chopping up some classic JB joints on the SP-1200. As I programmed this beat, I started rapping “old-school players to new-school fools” to it, so I grabbed the OutKast 12-inch, started running the acapella over the beat, and thought it fit really well, so this beat turned into a remix.
I gave A Taste of Honey’s classic groove a quick touchup–rearrangement, more drums, more bump. Check it out.
One from the hard-drive archives: This cut from 2008 was originally meant to be the follow up to “Kung Fu Kwaku,” but somewhere along the line, it got lost in the sauce, and I pretty much forgot about it, except that it occasionally pops up on my iPod. I also made this track in order to take on two technical challenges:
1. Simulate stereo sampling with the SP-1200
2. See if I could freak a bass line to make it do things the original record doesn’t do at all
It was kinda cool to figure those things out as I went along. Hell, I’m not even sure if I could do that bass line again–I’d have to go back to the Pro Tools session and see if I can figure out what I did.
The song: “Build and Destroy'”
The producer: Kenny Parker
The science: For a crew with the word “productions” right there in its name, Boogie Down Productions doesn’t get talked about too much when we get to listing the best producers or the best beats or what have you. That’s understandable when the real driving force of BDP is arguable the greatest rapper of all time, KRS-One, but still, the beats on those BDP albums don’t get talked about too much (save Criminal Minded because of the whole Ced-Gee-jacking-Marley-Marl’s-reel-of-drum-sounds business), which is kind of a shame.
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So here’s a really cool project: My good friend Tara Zanzig–now located in Chicago, but who I first met back in my college days in Greensboro, NC–is a very talented artist. Comics, sculpture, all kinds of good stuff. She contacted me about an interesting collaboration: She’s part of a group that makes 3-minute movies based on various themes, and she asked if I wanted to do the music for her next movie.
Hell yeah, I’m down for that!
The theme for this round was “release,” so I mentioned a few ideas for the track, she refined one of those ideas, and I sat down and started working on a beat–one with a different feel from what I usually make. She shot some footage based on the concept we worked out, and then we went back and forth, tweaking the beat and her filming ideas until I finished off the track, and she was able to edit her footage to fit it. It was a really great creative collaboration with lots of good ideas and feedback flowing in both directions, and the final result is, I think, really cool (she did a great editing job on it). Check it out and see for yourself.
My man Headnodic gave me the acapella to the song “Red Line Radio” (featuring Raashan Ahmad and Moe Pope) from his album, and, well, you know what that means. Reeeeeeeeemix! I knew I had to come aggressive with this one because of the way the guys were rhyming, so I chopped up some drums, grabbed an energetic loop, and, well, everything else fell into place. Check it out!