Posts Tagged ‘remix’
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!
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.
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!
Believe it or not…this is a remix!
Of course, when you’re starting off with a song that’s already great, as “Ghost Town” is, then you really don’t have to do much to it. I just figured this tune could use a little touching up to make it work better in clubs, so a slightly fatter bassline, some extra drums, and it is good to go. And for some extra fun, I did a little chopping to pull out a riff and make some Bonus Beats, because Bonus Beats need to make a comeback, dammit! If you want to bump this tune in your next set, you can cop it at Turntable Lab:
“Ghost Town” (DJ Enki remix)
When Groove Merchant’s Vinnie Esparza sold me the limited-edition re-issue of the Twilight album, he did so on one condition: That I remix the last song, a pretty little synth-and-vocal vamp called “Love’s High.” He was joking about that condition, but I decided to do the remix anyway. Vinnie dug it and passed it along to Ubiquity records, which handled the re-issue, and they loved it. The loved it so much, in fact, that they wanted to include it on a special remix single they had planned in which they’d put three songs from Ubiquity’s recent catalog on one side of a record and a remix of each of those songs on the flip. Well, that vinyl is finally out, so you can get the DJ Enki edit of “Love’s High” for your own record collection. You can buy both the vinyl and the MP3s directly from Ubiquity. Check it out!