Monday, December 21, 2009

Dubs, Reworks and Remixes

The first remix that comes to mind that I recall being completely different from the original, and I'm sure I've forgotten some, is Jay Dee's remix of Busta Rhyme's Woo-Ha! It was then that I became increasingly interested with seeing how one producer could have a completely different interpretation of one song from another. It's interesting that I mention Dilla, because he had some of the illest interpretations of songs; he'd take a R&B track and make it a straight up hip hop banger! Dilla of course was just one popular hip hop remixer, Pete Rock has to be included, and The Roots remixes, which have all dried up, were really great!

As I transitioned into soul from hip hop, I noticed that some of the hip hop producers that I was listening to were remixing the nu soul artists, DJ Jazzy Jeff, The Ummah, The Soulquarians, A Touch of Jazz, 9th Wonder and so forth. Madlib's remix of Bilal's Soul Sista is still one of my favorites. As time went on, I was finally exposed to and began to appreciate house music and was turned on to beautiful reworkings of soul and hip hop tunes by Masters at Work, Lazy Dog, Osunlade and this list can go on & on...

Today I bring to you, 3 remix/reworks projects from 3 different sources that take songs and "add a little to" or completely alter a song. Jose James' Black Magic gets the Dub treatment from Simbad.
Simbad sez, "This was supposed to come out on Brownswood Recordings but they probably had nuff remixes of the same tune, Untold, Joy Orbison, DOP and 2 Izmabad mixes (Karizma + Simbad)... So here you are... Play late, loud & in da dark... ;-)"

Next up is Greymatter, dropping some really great dance mixes of some pretty diverse stuff on his Greymatter Edits And Reworks v.1. Everything in the kitchen sink gets the remix treatment, Angela Bofill's version of People Make the World Go Round to The Rolling Stones and even Azymuth. You can download his batch of goodies HERE.

Last but not least, here's Astronote's The Remixes Volume: One. I first got hipped to Astronote, when he dropped The Blue Album, his version of Jay-Z's The Black Album. He remixes Jay's Ignorant Sh!t on The Remixes Volume: One but he also adds some soulful flavor by remixing Erykah Badu and Mayer Hawthorne amongst others. Enjoy these treats by downloading HERE

Jose James - Black Magic (Simbad Dub)


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