Gang Starr – Lovesick (Del Gazeebo Upbeat Refix)

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To celebrate this momentous occasion, here’s a free download of my new Gang Starr refix.


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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Midsummer Bangers Brucie Bonus!

Well, it’s been quite a Summer so far, with hothotHOT fun & frolics at Henley Regatta, Cornbury Festival, T in the Park & Latitude, with at least two more to come.  They’re not for a while though, and as I’m ready to burst with Bangers I thought I’d treat you poor negelctarinos to a fresh 2 hour instalment while there’s time.

There’s hot joints from Amerigo Gazaway, Mighty Leap, Deekline & Hotline ZeroKraak & Smaak & Wizard amongst the usual party-rocking, genre-trashing business. Not to mention some amazing remix/edit action from The GaffDjtzinas, The Funky Boogie Brothers, Cyclist, Qdup, Tom Drummond, Rhythm Scholar & All Good Funk Alliance.

It’s the sound of what’s been an amazing Summer so far. Download here, stream it here and get the tracklisting HERE!


Massive Set of Bangers #17

Pharrell Williams – Happy (NEUS Remix)
Amerigo Gazaway – Ms. Fat Booty Pt. II
Mighty Leap – Everywhere (Wrongtom’s Omnipresent Dub)
Djtzinas – And Take Your Money
Easy Now All Stars- Reprezent Now
A Tribe Called Quest – Hot Sex (Jim Sharp Revisit feat. Biggie Smalls)
Jurassic 5 – We Do It
The Notorious J.B.’s – Sex Machine Gun Funk (Soul Mates Remix)
Dedydread – Mia’s Big Stuff (Del Gazeebo Retouch)
J-Roc – Mr Big Stuff
AGFA and Copycat – Fakin’ The Funk
Lyrics Born – Do That There (The Young Einstein Hoo Hoo Mix)
Eric B & Rakim – Laid In Full [Rakim Suite] (Qdup & Sons of Satin Re-Twerk)
Deekline & Hotline Zero – Pump up the Volume
AGFA – Direct Me To A Remedy (Sleeve Instrumental Remix)
Malcolm’s Locks – Get Up, Stand Up (Gaff’s Club Mix)
Barry White – Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up (Rhythm Scholar Lovefunk Remix)
Shawn Lee – Motor City (Funky Boogie Brothers remix)
Beastie Boys – Root Down (Cyclist Disco Mix)
Babe Ruth – The Mexican (Tom Drummond mix)
Psychemagik feat Renegade – Black Noir Schwarz
Kraak & Smaak feat. Stee Downes – How We Gonna Stop The Time (Valique Remix)
Kove – Love For You
Majestic – Let’s Go Back (Cause N Affect Remix)
Mighty Dub Cats – Just Another Groove (Stanton Warriors Re Bounce)
Zeds Dead – Rave
Freestylers – The Coming Storm (VIP)
Stylo G feat. Sister Nancy – Badd (Radio Edit)
Mary J Blige – Real Love (Deekline Remix)
Aphrodite – BM Funkster
Silence Groove – Get You
Prince Fatty Vs ODB – Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Featurecast Remix)
Wizard feat. Daddy Freddy & Lady Chann – Buss it Up (Original Mix)
Danny Byrd – Ill Behaviour
Chris Malinchak – So Good (Aphro Remix)

It would please me no end if you’d support some/any of the artists featured. Money talks of course, but there are quick & free ways to show your love & support too – a quick like, favourite, repost, or comment often means a lot.