Wow. It’s always a humbling experience to hear how much true talent there is out there making music that flies under the radar. I would like to personally thank everyone who participated in this contest, I know you all put hard work into your remixes and I wish there didn’t have to be one singled out as the “winner”. They are all dope to me in one way or another, so I had to come up with some criteria for justifying the pick. This brings up a more philosophical question –What is a good remix? Is it just a dope beat with the same lyrics over it, or is it a completely different take on the original, whether in style, mood, tempo or sometimes in this case a whole different genre. I think everyone’s answer to that would probably be different, so here’s mine: at best I feel a remix not only re-presents the song but has some contextual tie to the original and delivers a new musical take without sacrificing the original feel. For instance, I appreciate the number of dance and house remixes that were done but a few of them seemed to lay the vocals on as an afterthought. If the rhymes aren’t riding the beat, I feel like the song is better off as a beat and not a “remix”. On the same note, the breakdown was definitely the curveball in the remix. And sometimes everything was going well up until that point but he beat never recovered coming out of it. I know it was a difficult thing to hook up but hey, if we had done that and it was a fixed tempo all the way through, any person with any beat could have laid the vocals over it and been done. At least this showed who put the extra effort into the project.
This all being said, there were alot of remixes I really liked personally, but I had to narrow it down to my top ten picks, not of taste or personal preference, but how well they served the rhymes and the original track (and yes I listened carefully to every single entry, which is why it took 20 days to get results):
My (I apologize in advance if it’s not your top 13) top 13 in no particular order:
Ilpikaso Remix (page 9) – I like this because it reminds me of a dark era of Los Angeles music, back alley smokey stuff. They get props for being the only one I can remember who hooked up a newly recorded chorus. Double’s verse came back in correctly on the one (a lot of people missed that one). Wall of sound stuff, really cool. People Under the Stairs – ‘Hit The Top’ (ILPIKASO Remix) by peopleunderthestairs
Fdel Remix (page 8) – Yeah! Filter, drumbreak, loops, Grazing in the Grass. Very nice. Takes me back to a happy place. A good example of keeping it styling and simple. Beat was open enough to let the lyrics breathe and they rode the beat just right. Could have been on ? or Next Step easily, good shit. People Under the Stairs – ‘Hit the Top’ (fdel Remix) by peopleunderthestairs
King Kooba Octoberhest Mix (page 7) – I love how the keyboard sample sounds wobbly, like the record was still speeding up to speed at the downbeat. Reminds me of a record I would drop early in the night at a house party. I’m with this. I feel like it offers a really good take on the original, more mellow and musical but still party oriented. Transition works really well too, the strings are clutch. People Under the Stairs – ‘Hit the Top’ (King Kooba Oktoberphest Mix) by peopleunderthestairs
Doc Delay Remix (page 1) – Funky funky shit. Probably one of the funkier ones in the lot,. So that being said, this dude gets 1000 points for the drum fills and flams. Insane programming, some next level shit. And then you get the breakdown. Everyone needs to check this out for a good example of how a remix “breaks it down”. Harmonica? Check. People Under The Stairs – Hit the Top (Doc Delay Revision) by peopleunderthestairs
L.O.V.E. Mix (page 1) – As soon as this came on I was open. I remember reading about how back in the day Puffy would give you 15 seconds for a beat to catch your attention. This had me at jump, I was like oh shit, its on. And for those of you checking things on a laptop, try to imagine being in a packed club and hearing the horns come in, transitioning to the beat! Stampede kid! Damn, why couldn’t have Double K’s verse come back in tight on beat?!! People Under The Stairs – ‘Hit the Top’ ( L-O-V-E Remix) by peopleunderthestairs
It was close man, so close, but the way the producer handled the breakdown came to the deciding factor. DJ DOCDELAYWINS! Why? His breakdown kicked serious ass, and it would probably get more spins than the original version on a twelve inch.
2nd Place: Four way tie between FDel, McGost, L.O.V.E., and King Kooba. Here’s why they didn’t take first: McGost lost me on the breakdown, I like jazz and all, but it didn’t keep time with the partying and handclapping in the back. L.O.V.E remix would have won hands down but completely fell apart when double k’s verse came back in (which really hurt me because I thought this was the bangenest beat), King Kooba really professional I just wish he had done a little more during the breakdown. FDel was dope but for sample clearance issues I would have to tuck this one away (that;s a REALLY obvious loop – I think that song was a billboard #1 for like a year when it came out)
My Dream remix 12”:
People Under The Stairs Hit The Top (Vocal)
People Under The Stairs Hit The Top (Inst)
King Kooba Octoberfest Remix (Vocal)
Many thanks again to everyone who participated, It’s very humbling to hear how dope everyone is, it makes me grateful we’ve had so much support over the years when most of yall are just as dope. I tried to justify my picks and reasoning behind it, remember there is no “best” it’s just music man. And lastly, sorry for the delay in announcing the winner, we just got back from tour in Africa and I wanted to give each remix the attention it deserved.
This remix contest is sponsored by Vans & SoundCloud. For more information on People Under the Stairs and the critically acclaimed Carried Away record click here.
Posted by: Jonthecorner on December 3, 2009 @ 12:31 PM
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It’s that time of year again when everyone votes for their favorite artist, album and song of the year. Urb.com got it first with their 2009 readers poll. Our very own Bassnectar has been nominated for electronic artist of the year coming of the release of the critically acclaimed Cozza Frenzy album and tour. Please visit the Urb site and cast your votes and don’t forget to vote for Bassnectar!
Posted by: Jonthecorner on December 1, 2009 @ 5:34 PM
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Gearing up for the release of his solo album Murder at the Discotek, Amp Live’s newest single ‘Gary is a Robot’ featuring Trackademicks and Mr. Micro (Al Velilla Remix) is featured on RCRDLBL today. The Al Velilla remix orchestrates a new direction on the electro hip hop anthem, giving it a strong disco twist. Please visit the RCRDLBL site for the exclusive download and if you have time peep the video.
Posted by: Jonthecorner on December 1, 2009 @ 11:21 AM
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I just had the experience to travel to New York to see Bassnectar perform at the Fillmore East last friday, wow! I walked up to the venue around 9pm and kids we’re already lined up down the street, scalpers were on every corner, kids offering to pay $150 a ticket to get inside. The floor was packed at 10pm and kids were pushing their way to front of the room to get as close to the stage as possible. Nosaj Thing opened the night with an amazing atmospheric beat heavy set. Bassnectar started at around 12am, the whole room exploded. The sound system picked a couple decibels as Lorin got deep into his set. The vibe and energy in the room was unexplainable. From young kids to head bangers, everyone was in a frenzy. Just to get an idea, check out the live stage cam from the DC show below.
Posted by: Jonthecorner on November 18, 2009 @ 10:43 AM
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If you attended this year’s Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago, there was one performance that had folks talking — and it wasn’t the helicopter shining a spotlight on the crowd during Jane’s Addiction’s first song. Rather, it was the set by Lorin Ashton, aka Bassnectar, the socially conscious hero of the growing bass-heavy electronic sub-genre that is currently captivating American audiences. Lit by a mutant cascade of projections and LEDs, Ashton threw down a seismically rumbling set for the manic dancers who’d packed themselves elbow to elbow into “Perry’s” (aka the festival’s dance area) in order to catch one of the hottest names in dance music.
Playing to this capacity festival crowd represented a sort of mainstream coming-out party for the San Francisco-based producer, who began making music a decade ago in the city’s warehouse rave scene before going on to build a stellar reputation through decidedly underground networks like the hippified Burning Man community. But there’s nothing “jam band” about Bassnectar’s sound, a genreless mash-up of hip-hop, drum ’n’ bass, dub step, grindcore and just about any other music you can think of that focuses on the sounds found at the low end. In fact, Bassnectar — who just released Cozza Frenzy, his eighth full-length album — doesn’t even like jam bands, as he tells ShockHound in this exclusive interview.
SHOCKHOUND: People are struggling with your new album title, Cozza Frenzy. It’s meant to be pronounced “cause-a-frenzy,” but everyone keeps saying “coze-a-frenzy.”
BASSNECTAR: My tour manager was like, "name me one word where the single o is a soft aah.” and I’m like, “mom, pop, spot, pot…cozza.” But everyone wants to say cause a, and I don’t know how to help them. I don’t care. They can call the record Bob. I think names are semi-irrelevant.
SHOCKHOUND: What came first — the spelling, the word, the thought? Was it the song, the lyric, the album?
BASSNECTAR: I love spelling things phonetically. I’m not trying to be hyphy or something. Ever since I was a kid, I loved misspelling things the way they sound to me. I do it all day long, and it’s gotten worse since I’m texting all day, or on Twitter. The title is about constructing sound systems and how sound is a form of energy, in terms of how weight can effect the human body. One of my first musical influences was the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. That was the first time I sensed the sensation of sub-bass. I was in the car and my mom was yelling and trees were bending and the car bouncing around and I just feel this sensation. Ever since, I’ve been fascinated with the concept. It was also a response to a tour last year, when we did 48 nights and 45 were sold out, and it was just night after night of complete frenzy in these random towns where I would never have expected to visit, much less play on a Tuesday night. I guess that’s the meaning of the song.
If you’re in the Bay Area tonight, make sure to stop by PST at 330 Ritch for the special mix cd release party for OM Records’ recording artist J-Boogie. J-Boogie has teamed up with Exact Science for an exclusive Soul Vibrations t-shirt and every purchase is accompanied by a free mix cd entitled ‘The Bay and Beyond,’ exploring the depths of Bay Area music and beyond. Make sure to show your face early as there will be free t-shirt and mix cd giveaways while supplies last.
On another note, here’s J-Boogie’s top 24 joints filling up his hard drive.
Sean Paul – imperial Blaze
Chelly – Took the Night
Keelay and Zaire – Alright by Me
Izza Kizza – Kizzaland Mixtape
BK-One – Radio Do Canibal
DJ Kicks – Chromeo
Drake – Closer To My Dreams (ft. Andreena Mill)
Alice Russell – Pot of Gold Remixes
Mayer Hawthorne – Maybe So Maybe No (King Most Refix)
People Under the Stairs – Trippin at the Disco
Othello + DJ Vajra – Active Balanced f/ Now On & Mayer Hawthorne
Soulico – Exotic on the Speaker
Aldo Vanucci – Bastard Jazz EP ROL Presents: Jackson Lovers
Various – Everyday Dubs
Scott – Bah
Shantel – Planet Paprika
Baaba Maal – Television
Casual Sax & The Saxual Revolution – The Blow Sven Theory – The Inst.
Crown City Rockers – The Day After Forever
Midnight Star – Midas Touch (Platurn Rmx) Feat. Kat O1O
Breakestra – Dusk till Dawn
Brownout – Aquilas & Cobras
Jern Eye – Vision
Posted by: Jonthecorner on October 19, 2009 @ 4:53 PM
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Om Records in conjunction with Digital Soul,Miami Boutique Hotels and Supperclub Amsterdam is proud to announce Om:ADE 2009 featuring DJ Heather, Pezzner (live), Soul Migrantz, DJ Fluid, Al Velilla plus Digital Soul Residents Dekky, Jeff Alexander, Steve Boomselecter, Dru69 & Ian Soul. In celebration for our 15 Year Anniversary and the Amsterdam Dance Event, we are taking over the legendary Supperclub venue for an intimate night with Om Records Djs. The first 50 people through the door will be receiving a free Om15 cd courtesy of yours truly. Click here to purchase presale tickets.
In preparation for Om:ADE, we are offering an exclusive download of Pezzner ‘Live at Kontrol’ recorded at The End Up in San Francisco on October 3rd, 2009. Kontrol is one of SF’s best monthly electronic events specializing in the finest of minimal techno and forward thinking house music. Featuring heaps of brand new productions, remixes and originals, Pezzner’s signature deep house will be taking Amsterdam by storm. Click here for more information on [KONTROL].
For Booking, Contact:
North | South America | Asia | Australia
Nneka G (Agent) APT Entertainment Inc.
Europe | UK
Andrew Kelsey (Agent)
Blue Collar Entertainment Europe
Posted by: Jonthecorner on October 19, 2009 @ 12:44 PM
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Birthdays represent elevations and progressions of life and there’s no better way to celebrate then to put together musicians of different musical backgrounds and styles in one studio session. The homies at Plug Research and ArtDontSleep have the vision, as well as a free 30 minute mp3 download entitled ‘Happy Birthday Flying Lotus’ featuring Flying Lotus, Exile, Shafiq Husayn, Stephen Thundercat Bruner, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Computer Jay, Isaac Smith, Jim Lang, Alla Koi, Andres Renteria and Matthew David.
If you’re at CMJ next week, make sure not to miss the Om endorsed event Can I Get You High presented by Vtech and Plug Research featuring Bilal with a six piece band, Exile feat. Blu, Shaifq Husayn featuring Miguel Atwood-Freguson and Thundercat, J. Rocc, Dj Spinna, Large Professor, Blu Jemz and hosted by Pharoahe Monch. For more info, visit Plug Research. Flyer posted below.
Posted by: Jonthecorner on October 16, 2009 @ 10:27 AM
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Every now and again i get an email from photojournalist Jeff Antebi highlighting his latest travels across the world primarily in regions of conflict and mass poverty. His recent work covers the latest presidential elections in Afghanistan and Haiti, the Jihad of Southern Thailand as well as photos taken in China and Brazil. Check out his complete work here and if you’re interested in seeing more, make sure to join his mailing list.
Warning, some of the images shown are graphic.
Posted by: Jonthecorner on September 11, 2009 @ 12:51 PM
Posted in: Travel