SHADES OF SOUL, EP 2.19: GRAB BAG

Shades of Soul, EP 2.19: Grab Bag by Soul-Sides.Com/O. Wang on Mixcloud

A mix of old and new joints for this episode. I was overdue for a grab bag post anyway so this seemed more…efficient. But for real, next post (I hope) will be a long-awaited break down of a slew of tracks I’ve gotten in over the summer.

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BLIND ALLEY – ALTERED TAPES REMIX

Folks know that “Blind Alley” is one of my all-time favorite breaks.1 Just wanted to say that Altered Tapes does a killer little edit, apparently by remixing the original multi-track stems with a little BDK thrown in for good measure.

In fact, it might be the very first example of how I learned what a “break” (as in sample) was. ↩

PRESENTING: YOUR LOVE (AKA “THE WEDDING MIX”)

Your Love (aka “The Wedding Mix”) by Soul-Sides.Com/O. Wang on Mixcloud

I’ve made mixes that I might disavow under pressure. I’ve definitely made mixes where I wish I could go back and revise it (in fact, I’ve done that). But with this, “the wedding mix,” I really feel like I nailed it. That’s not a statement of ego (well, maybe a little) as much of an expression of satisfaction in feeling like I created something that I can’t improve on. [...]

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SOUL SIDES VOL. 4

Soul Sides Vol. 4 (The Proper Version) by Soul-Sides.Com/O. Wang on Mixcloud

When I sat down to brainstorm Soul Sides Vol. 3, I actually came up with tentative tracklistings for three future volumes. I didn’t want to drop all three at once since I knew, with the benefit of time and perspective, I would likely make tweaks here and there. So I sat on Vol. 4 and it’s only been over the last month or so that I’ve [...]

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DEE EDWARDS: I CAN DEAL (BUT WITH WHICH VERSION?)

Dee edwards i can deal with that

Dee Edwards’ “(I Can) Deal With That” is one of the best crossover ballads I’ve ever heard but for the longest time, I had no clue that there were two versions on De•To, from the same year1 It was Nydia Ines Davila (long-time Daptone PR chief), who schooled me to the fact that the two versions are based around the same master recording. What I assume to be the second mix (based on matrix numbering) is basically the original mix + strings + a tambourine and [...]

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