SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: THE REMIX SESSION 13
4 months ago we dropped the 12th volume of The Remix Session , a successful series of accurate selections of the most impressive remixes,revisitations,re-arrangements of hip-hop,r&b,jazz and neo-soul pieces. We launched the series with the main aim of supporting well-known and emerging producers. If you think you got dope skills , don’t hesitate to reach us out via firstname.lastname@example.org!
Self-taught hip-hop producer Jeff Baranowski aka Analogic had the pleasure to work with a tons of big names from the underground scene such as Skyzoo,Kenn Starr,Phonte,Talib Kweli,AZ but also some stellar acts , collaborating, for example ,on Rick Ross’s Rather You Than Me, co-producing Triple Platinum alongside production team The Olympicks. In 2014 the New Jersey producer released the project titled The Booth Shall Set You Free that includes the cut called Twenty Squared featuring microphone killers Evidence,Rakaa and Sean Boog. We selected the top-notch treatment remix of Twenty Squared included on Twenty Squared Remixes EP masterfully recalibrated by Mutual Intentions affiliate Sraw. The swedish producer revamps the original track adding his signature sound and the final result is simply amazing!
Consisting of bassist Jonathan Harvey ,saxophonist Josh Arcoleo ,drummer Ulysses,keyboardist Sam Crowe and vocalist Frida Touray , Native Dancer is a London based experimental group ,whose unique sound combines influences that flirt with neo-soul, jazz,electronica,soul, electro-funk and trip-hop. With two EPs under its belt (EP Vol.I and Vol. II ) , Native Dancer dropped in May a collection of their previous pieces in a 12″ gatefold via U.K underground label Submit Records, that includes a superlative re-work of Big Blue flawlessly wrapped by one of the most well-respected producers in the UK: Eric Lau. We’ve a deep regard for Mr.Lau , because he’s a brilliant sonic-architect with great skills as producer as well as remixer.He left his mark on refined projects such as Black Focus by Yussef Kamaal,Soulidified by neo-soul songstress Hil St.Soul,A Handshake To the Brain by Hawk House among others. Native Dancer is currently working on the debut album counting on the support of musician/producer Miles James (Dornik,Michael Kiwanuka,NAO).
1996…….one of the most beautiful years for da hip-hop lovers!!All Eyez On Me,It Was Written,Illadelph Halfilfe and of course Beats,Rhymes and Life by A Tribe Called Quest. The fourth album by Q-Tip & co. is a milestone of hip-hop music, a product of incredible quality and a source of inspiration for rappers,musicians,producers,beatmakers. In 2005 Q-Tip’s cousin, Consequence released via Draft Records da mixtape A Tribe Called Quence , packed with heavyweight producers such as 88-Keys and 9th Wonder among others. One of our fav is the stunning remix of The Jam,created using the sample of Quincy Jones’s Don’t Fly if It’s Foggy. Wow…damn… so fucking exquisite!!!
British iconic singer/songwriter/composer Sade Adu filled the heart of a wide range of audience with her warm,soothing voice and superlative records but above all she epitomizes the essence of integrity and authenticity as she said:
“I only make records when I feel I have something to say. I’m not interested in releasing music just for the sake of selling something. Sade is not a brand”.
In 1992 Sade unleashed the fourth album entitled Love Deluxe which includes the smooth masterpiece Feel No Pain. In the same year Epic Records dropped a 12” of remixes and we want to recommend to listen closely the superb and engaging revisitation of Feel No Pain handled by Bristol grammy award-winning producer Nellee Hooper , the genius behind records from Snoop Dogg,Bjork,Massive Attack,Madonna,DJ Quik,Big Boi,U2,Gwen Stefani and many others.
We live in da birthplace of hip-hop music but honestly,some of the most interesting hip-hop acts of the moment comes straight from the cold lands of North Europe!We’re talking about Oslo-representatives Fredfades and Ivan Ave. Fredfades is a mastermind hip-hop producer, whose beats conjure up the fantastic old-school hip-hop era, y’all know the jazzy beats,the boombap rhythms… Ivan Ave is an impressive microphone master whose smooth flow definitely knocked we out! Together they built a label/crew called Mutual Intentions (which includes Yogisoul, Ol’ Burger Beats, Jawn Rice and SRAW) earning respect overseas and establishing an extensive network of fruitful partnerships with dope artists from the US in particular from California area: Mnsdgn,Like of Pac Div,Blu,Pink Siifu,Dâm-Funk among others. Two years ago Fades and Ave released a collaborative work called Fruitful , but today we want to share with y’all a top-tier remix version of the track called Fruitful featuring JuJu Rogers and Fresh Daily. The cut appeared on Fredfades last effort called Warmth. Ivan Ave is almost ready to drop his new album Every Eye ,available from November (pre-order it now via Jakarta Records) , in the meantime make sure you to taste the single Running Shoes
As you know, scratchtheblock.com is not only the home for hip-hop or r&b or neo-soul! We also love to experience experimental sonorities , something that blurs the line between genres but able to bring good feelings. Well, Brooklyn singer/multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano is a kind of artist able to tentalize our eager-ears through a musical approach that sounds organic,refreshing and ambitious. We felt in love with him thanks his flawless Bishouné which included the amazing pieces Everything Is Everything and 6 8. Today we serve you up the sophisticated remix of the excellent Sour Mango (written before Bishouné) from Gabriel recent album Jardin , dropped via Stones Throw Records. The re-arrangement is designed by eclectic/visionary Texas-native producer Seven Davis Jr.
Back in the 95 when Brooklyn Wu-Tang Clan member Gary E.Grice aka GZA dropped his sophomore solo project Liquid Swords under Geffen Records. We resumed a supa-dope remix of the track titled Cold World featuring bandmate Inspectah Deck and neo-soul crooner D’Angelo. Cooked by super-producer RZA , the outstanding revisitation takes shape from a 1980 record by legendary Stevie Wonder called Rocket Love.
No Beginning No End is a refined,amazing, creative and original opus performed by Jose James and in our humble opinion , it’s probaby his best project! The body of work is the result of a meticolous,passionate and clever craft of a magic circle of bright musicians such as Richard Spaven,Robert Glasper,Pino Palladino,Kris Bowers,Chris Dave,Takuya Kuroda among others. The fantastic oeuvre includes the single Trouble but now prepare yourself for an astonishing jazz revisitation handled by Harun Iyicil aka Baker Aaron , a Instanbul musician/producer and co-founder of Headroom Istanbul
When it comes to enumerate hip-hop classic records , it’s impossible don’t mention Slum Village‘s Fantastic Vol.2. The 1998 sophomore album by SV is considered by many critics,artists and hip-hop fans one the most inspiring craft of the rap game in terms of production! We stumbled upon an interesting remix of Get Dis Money , crafted by dutch DJ/producer Bobby van Putten aka The Planty Herbs and released in 2015 via Brooklyn label Razor-N-Tape.What’s your impression about it? If you want to listen to some new works from Slum Village members don’t miss the recent album by Young RJ entitled Blaq Royalty
Four months ago we recommended the impressive treatment remix of Way ,the smooth single performed by Miles Bonny and Shhor . The project released in June is an EP that consists of the original version of Way,plus two remixes handled by Tall Black Guy and The Xtraordinair$. We selected the buttery version crafted by The Xtraordinair$, a musical project brainchild of Kansas City beatsmith Leonard Dstroy and trained bass player Dominique Sanders . Together their brought to us some quality shit like X-Life released in 2015 via Laruche Records , which also includes a featuring with Bonny. Miles Bonny will release a new project called Let It Out in a week. It’s a collabo alongside producer Ta-Ku under the banner of Brooklyn label Bastard Jazz.