Category Archives: Remix

Old’s Cool!

Well, that was quite a summer.

As some of you will already know, I wasn’t lying when I said that AwamuTogether was going to be a summer highlight. Not only were good times had by all, but £15,000 was raised for the charity – an amazing feat for a first attempt. All indications are that it will happen again next year too. Hats off to all those that made it happen. The money raised is already being put to good use and changing lives.

Now that they’ve had a good rinsing on Mixcloud, both of my Together promo mixes are now available to download. The first one is on the groovy side, while the second instalment gets to the point quicker & bangs a bit harder!

(finally) Got it Together

Twogether

[right-click the links (not the Mixcloud players) & “save as”]

Lots of people have been asking me about the N-Joi refix I threw together for “Twogether”. It was just made on-the-fly and so was a little rough around the edges. I tidied it up, added some extra production and there’s an exclusive blog-only download link here.

Latitude with the Disco Shed was hot, humid, and brilliant as ever. The same can’t be said for Leeds, where the weather presented some challenges, but it was great to sign off the season with Bestival, where, Saturday aside, the weather was much kinder.

Now summer is done & dusted, I have a bit more time for music. Lots of tunes that were “nearly there” are even more nearly there now, so stay tuned for some fresh mixtapes & original sounds in the coming weeks & months…

edit: I’ve just been notified that some of the download links in the mixtape archive (Bangers 1-6 specifically) are dead. I’ll fix those in the coming days.

BIG BANGERS NEWS

It’s been quite a journey. 19 journeys & counting in fact. But, for a while at least, I’m calling time on the Bangers mixtapes. If you want one more you best make some NOISE!

I’m looking for YOUR input to make the 20th & final instalment truly special. What are your favourite selections from the series so far? And what tunes should have been included but haven’t been yet?

Number 20 will feature your favourites from the archive, plus the best of your ideas, and I will remix EVERY TRACK that makes the cut.

Use the comment field below to submit your requests & ideas. All participants will get the download link long before the general public do. Not to mention being a part of music history!

I’m not hanging up my headphones, there will be plenty more mixtapes. Just a bit more specialist mostly. I expect. Thanks so much for your support, and if there are any gaps in your collection, you can find download or mixcloud links in the archive.

Beastie Boys – Nonstop Disco Powerpack (Del Gazeebo Refix)

I’ve received a fair few messages asking for some of the edits & refixes I make exclusively for the Bangers mixtapes.  Usually these are put together “on the fly” while I’m making the mixtape, just moving things around, stretching, editing & adding a few extra layers of production here & there.  In this case, once the mixtape was finished, I subsequently went back & did a bit more additional production before making this mixdown with clean ins & outs, so this version is somewhat superior, and a bit longer.

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The original refix is on the latest Bangers mixtape.

RIP MCA.  You were my favourite.

NDPPart

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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