As you can see from this site, I’m a big fan of interesting blends, remixes and mashups, of which there is certainly no shortage. The idea isn’t new, but the current trend seems to have been sparked by Dangermouse’s Grey Album, in which the iconic producer matched up Jay-Z’s acapellas from The Black Album with beats and tracks sampled from The Beatles’ White Album.
I’ve listened to quite a few such remixes and have been consistently impressed and inspired by what some of these home-grown producers are creating and distributing for free online – their innovative work oftentimes puts the “pros” to shame.
The following is a list of some of my favorite releases and tracks, in no particular order. Suggestions for any others would be greatly appreciated.
Tom Carauna/TeaSea Records
This UK-based music teacher/producer is pure dopeness, having put out a number of incredible mashups and remixes, including:
Wu Tang vs The Beatles (sadly unavailable now due to legal reasons)
The Rough Version Remix Series ftg remixed tracks from Large Professor, MF Doom, Brand Nubian, J. Live and DITC.
and other random remixes, like this one of Black Thought.
He’s also got his own label with signed acts like Grand Agent and Klondike Kids.
All of the above are worth listening/downloading, but if you have to choose one, go with the Black Gold Hendrix remixes.
Mr Oizo – Shaolin Worm Attack
Speaking of The Wu (who are pretty much like vodka – they go well with just about anything), this blend of French producer Mr Oizo’s Analog Worm Attack and Enter the 36 Chambers simply works on many, many levels – from the distorted beats to the filtered vocals. The track ‘Classic Shit,’ featuring Raekwon’s rough and tumble lyrics from C.R.E.A.M., is unbelievably dope. You can find a download link here.
Wugazi – 13 Chambers
Yes, it’s another remix album featuring a Wu Tang member, and yes it’s also dope. NYC producer and DJ Max Tannone took acapellas from “Ironman a.k.a. Tony Starks,” stirred them up with “vintage African funk, high-life, and psychedelic rock music”, shook well and created one of the best examples yet of what a remix album is all about. Download here. Tannone is also the man behind the Jaydiohead series (Jay Z mixed with Radiohead) and Mos Dub (Mos Def set to reggae tracks).
LA producer DJ Drewbird recently put out this remix of Biggie flows set to remixes made from samples of 80s synth-R&B group Atlantic Starr. It’s a bit uneven, but solid in most parts – especially “One Love’s to Party and Bullshit (Drewbyrd Biggie Starr’s RMX),” a banger in the truest sense.
Part 2 coming soon…