BOBBY REED FLIPPED


A few weeks ago, I put forward a challenge to folks to try their hand at remixing Bobby Reed’s “Time Is Right For Love” and so far, we’ve had three folks step up.

These are all “works in progress” so be nice with your comments/feedback but so far, I like where it’s all heading.

Bobby Reed: Time Is Right (Choplogic Remix)

Bobby Reed: Time Is Right (Prince of Ballard Remix)

Bobby Reed: Time Is Right (Flip Edit)

GET READY, WE’RE ON OUR WAY


Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: Get Ready
From Pocket Full of Miracles (Motown, 1970)

Smokey Robinson and the MIracles: Get Ready (O-Dub Edit)

Controller 7: Get Ready for the Young Folks
From 7″ & 12″ (Token Recluse, 2007)

Of the classic ’60s Motown catalog, few songs are as guaranteed dancefloor gold as The Temptations’ “Get Ready” – the horn/bassline openeing already pushes you into motion before the drum roll even comes in and once the whole thing kicks into gear, you’d have to be catatonic to resist its charms. For over the last year, I’ve been very […]

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FALL CLEANING


Ten Wheel Drive with Genya Raven: How Long Before I’m Gone
Stay With Me
From Brief Replies (Polydor, 1970)

The Highlighters: You’re Time Is Gonna Come
From 7″ (Chess, 1970)

I save a slew of songs with the intention of “eventually posting them up” and what inevitably happens is that they just end up “hanging around” and go nowhere fast. Right now, I have at least 1.5 years worth of stuff and decided to get off the proverbial pot by finally posting some up.

The Ten Wheel Drive’s “How Long” came to my attention after hearing […]

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EASE YOUR MIND


Arrested Development: Ease My Mind (DJ Premier Remix)
From 12″ (promo) (Chrysalis, 1994)

Jamie Foxx: Blame It On the People (DJ Fabian Blend) (2009)

Like most groups labelled “alternative rap” in the early 1990s, Arrested Development had the misfortune of being considered insufficiently “real” at a time when hip-hop’s shift towards ghettocentricity was in full effect. To be fair, the group helped in this regard, especially with a relatively lackluster sophomore effort but in hindsight, it seems unfair to discount the quality of their output just because “Tennessee” wasn’t “Shook Ones Pt. 2.”

I’m reminded of […]

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BUMPING BURT


Jay-Z: Never Change (Dilla Remix)
From Jimmy Green’s What if J Dilla Produced The Blueprint? (2009)

It’s a bit odd that in 2009, someone would mash-up Jay-Z’s 2001 album, Blueprint with a series of J-Dilla beats. Furthermore, let’s just answer the question:

If Dilla had produced The Blueprint, Jay-Z would have taken an L. That’s no diss on Jay Dee but c’mon now – it’s not like Kanye West and Just Blaze were exactly slacking on what’s arguably one of the best produced albums this decade. What’s next? “What if J Dilla Produced It Takes […]

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I WANT YOU BACK: POP PERFECTED


(Editor’s note: That whole “I’m done with MJ posts”? Ok, so that was premature. Sorry but the hits just keep on coming! This is from James Cavicchia, my favorite “music writer who is not professionally a music writer but better than many music writers who are” and a message board post he is allowing me to reprint. –O.W.)

The Jackson 5: I Want You Back
From Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5 (Motown, 1969)

“When I think about it, I don’t think I’ve ever been fully convinced by Michael Jackson, really. Not convinced by the squeaky-clean pre-teen […]

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M-J-5: A GOOD THING GOING


Last Thursday, Wil and I put together a night o’ Michael, capped with a two hour set of straight M-J-5 songs that pretty much had the dance floor filled from start to finish.

Anyone who has every DJed any party, anywhere knows that when everything else fails, you can always put on some MJ and it’s like Insta-Party. As a fellow DJ wrote, “MJ has always been the most “guaranteed go-to” artist for DJs in the history of DJs.” True that.

The thing is…it’s so easy to get the party started with MJ, it’s […]

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JBX: FILLMORE REMIXES

JBX (Jared Boxx): The Fillmore Remixes

Recommended!

YA REMIXIN’ YASELF


Jeru: Ya Playin’ Yaself (remix)
Black Moon: How Many MCs Must Get Dissed (remix)
From 12″ (white label, 199?)

This may sound strange but I’ve been looking for this 12″ for at least 4-5 years and it’s not that it’s even that awesome of a white label remix 12″ but I can get obsessed with certain songs/records and just need to find them, even if that means waiting a Olympic cycle or more.

I became acquainted with it through Vinnie Esparaza – we used to do a monthly party called Joyride in San Francisco (people […]

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5 YEAR REWIND: NAS + AZ + DJ DELAY



(As part of our 5th year anniversary, we’re revisiting 20 key songs. This post was originally published on Jan 7th, 2006).

Nas + AZ: Life’s a Bitch (DJ Delay Remix)
From Medium: Rare II Mix-CD (Funk Weapons Int’l, 2005)

My original comments on this were kind of thin so I’ll just write up some new ones…

Personally, “Life’s A Bitch” was always my least favorite song off of Illmatic, music-wise. I just thought it was too soft and syrupy and even though I’ve tried to give it new listens in hindsight, it still doesn’t […]

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