Massive Set of Bangers Part 15

A one hour session, recorded in February 2014

Pluto Shervington – Dat (Del Gazeebo Re-Drip)
Copia Doble Systema ft. Soom T – Fisketorvet Riddim (Dj Inko Remix)
Naughty By Nature – It’s on
Soul Hooligan – Numb In Both Lips
The Dancefloor Outlaws – Regulate
Bobby C Sound TV – Vice Squad
Wicked City – Sensation
L.T.D. – (Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again
Ill Advised – Save Me (Del Gazeebo Regroove)
Betty Davis – Your Man My Man (Skeewiff Rewiff)
The Doors – Soul Kitchen (DJ Inko Remix)
Majestique – Must Get There (Dubka Remix)
Sister Sledge – We Are Family (Brendon P’s Extended Family Edit)
Stereotype – Bongo (Lunathics Re Edit)
Stickybuds vs Mista Savona ft. Burro Banton – Clean Air (JFB Remix)
Prince Fatty & O.D.B – Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Featurecast Remix)
Skeewiff – Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy

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Massive Set of Bangers Part 16

A 2 hour session of Bangers, mixed in April 2014

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Luxxury – California Eagles
Yasiin Gaye – Ms. Fat Booty
Smov & Suonho – A Little Bit of Soul (Demo)
Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Soulwax Remix)
Massive Attack – Be Thankful (Leftside Wobble Edit)
Freqnik & WDRE – Make it Funky
A Tribe Called Quest – Award Tour (Jim Sharp Revisit)
The Allergies – Remember
AfroQBen – Hypnotize Me
DJ Maars & Waggles – Elevate The Mind
Orange Juice – Rip it Up (12″ mix)
Soul II Soul – Joy (Brand New Heavies Remix)
Fab Samperi – In the River (Ursula 1000 Remix)
Dixie Cups – Iko Iko (Qdup’s Future Go-Go Edit)
Copycat – Exploding Crates (Del Gazeebo Re-fresh)
DJ Kool – Let Me Clear My Throat (Party Favor Re-Twerk)
Jamalski & Roughneck Reality Massive – Jump Spread Out (Bobby C Sound TV remix)
Titan Sound – Swag
Mr Benn – The Jump
El Bomba – Never Dibby Dibby
Jimi Needles & WBBL – Crash The Party (Jimi Needles Intro Edit)
DJ Daigo – Turn It Up
Jason King – Let The Meat Hit Em
Hotline Zero – Funk Off
A-Skillz Vs Beatvandals – Beat don’t stop (VIP)
Dizzy Bull – Welkshake (feat. Kelis)
Mari – Free (Ray Mang Extended Remix)
B-Team – White Noise Lover (Vocal Version)
Smoove & Turrell – You Don’t Know (Kraak & Smaak Remix)
George Francis – Look Right Through (MK Was Big In The 90s Mash)
Lee Coombs vs Kosheen vs Kariya – Let me Love You for Tonight (NYE ReRub)
Route 94 – My Love (Freestylers ReFix)
Deekline – Unplugged

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Only Life Can Break Your Heart (2012)

I originally blended Soul II Soul’s “Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)” with Andrew Weatherall’s remix of Saint Etienne’s somewhat radical cover of Neil Young’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”, many years ago on the old faithful Fostex 4-Track, a process that was something of a frustrating labour of love!

Making these sort of productions on the 4-track was extremely limiting; I’d drop on the main music track first & edit it as required to create a “bed”.  Next I’d drop layers on as synchronised as I possibly could using various pitch controls, and then do literally hundreds of micro-edits to get the layers perfectly in time with each other.  Four tracks instantly becomes two tracks if you want to keep the stereo images of the source material intact, and while it was possible to bounce down 4 tracks at a time onto 2 “virtual tracks” (and then be able to overdub more layers on top) once bounced down, there was no way to go back and make any changes later – a bit like a flattened Photoshop image.

The result (as heard on the XFM Superchunk mix I did for Eddy Temple-Morris) [06:07 in] was a bit thin – sounding – a mixture of Weatherall’s mix (from an official CD) sounding like it hadn’t been mastered very well & me being too safe with what other elements I dared to throw in with the limitations of working on a digital 4-track.  

I knew the concept was a good one though, so gathered up some more relevant ingredients & joined forces with Omeron, who helped put this final version together (on many more tracks!) in Ableton Live.  This version sounds much more complete, using more of the single version of “Back to Life” (including the beats & bassline) with some new synths, guitar & vocal chops.  After maybe 3 sessions working together with Ron on this, I finally added some scratches and extra kicks which helped the glue the thing together. I wish I’d done the final mixdown on better monitors though, if I’m being honest those kicks are way too loud in the mix, but at least the result doesn’t sound as thin as the first effort!

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