SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS:THE REMIX SESSION VOL.9
And we proceed….to give what you need with the 9th chapter of The Remix Session saga.
The Remix Session represents an attempt to pay tribute to the “art of remix,re-work and re-arrangement” as well as the artistry of some incredible beatmakers and producers.
YU – I BELIEVE (ODDISEE REMIX)
Born Michael Willingham Jr. , the Washington “humble king” yU dropped in 2011 his sophomore project titled The Earn enlisting some guests such as Nicholas Ryan Gant and brilliant hip-hop producer Kev Brown. No “bling-bling” stories but conscious lyrics represent the intimate essence of the entire opus.Last year yU teamed up with XO and Oddisee to record March On Washington under the moniker Diamond District .We selected the stunning treatment remix of I Believe finely crafted by Oddisee (who recently released the amazing The Good Fight). The revisitation sounds like dynamite for your ears with a powerful texture a la DJ Premier.
HERRICK & HOOLEY – DONTCHA
In May we spotlighted the talented group known as Herrick & Hooley recommending their project titled Herrick & Hooley’s Famous Honey , a fantastic sonic experimentation through jazz,neo-soul and even hip-hop. The Dallas alternative outfit unveils a particular mastery covering some well-known pieces creating something fresh! Herrick & Hooley re-arranged Dontcha from the spectacular Feel Good by The Internet (make sure ya to grab their last effort Ego Death ) adding more smooth and groovy rhythm that will engage your mind.
NOTORIUS BIG – BRAVE MONEY (NAPPY DJ NEEDLES BLEND)
Some artists use to reinvent some classics through the “art of blend” and St.Louis DJ/beatmaker James Gates aka Nappy DJ Needles impressed us with his indisputable talent creating compelling blends. Deeply influenced by legends like DJ Jazzy Jeff and Kid Capri , the St.Louis alchemist dropped in 2014 The Notorius Exchange mixing some hip-hop classics performed by Biggie Small and refined instrumentals from The Foreign Exchange.Well,expect the unexpected because the track titled Brave Money is an infectious gem created twisting the acapella of Get Money produced by Ez Elpee and included on Junior M.A.F.I.A’s Conspiracy and the Nicolay elegant production Brave New World from The Foreign Exchange’s Connection.Check out DJ Needles catalogue via Bandcamp. If you love FE’s music don’t miss their new work Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey
MARY J BLIGE – I CAN LOVE YOU (7TH SOUL REMIX)
We met Bay Area producer 7th Soul on neo-soul selection Nu-Mood and r&b selection The Future Is Here. In both occasions we sang the praises of Equilibrium , the superb and smooth project released in 2014. The bonus track is a silky and eargasmic remix of the r&b epic tune by Mary J Blige ,I Can Love You produced by Darkchild and included on 1997 studio album Share My World. 7th Soul is currently involved in a new project alongside songstress BxRod under the moniker Suede Islands
JAMIROQUAI – TOO YOUNG TO DIE (SOULPERSONA REMIX)
Passionate,elegant,gifted musician,raregroove and soul music addicted,trained remixer…what more can we say? We can summarize Soulpersona music as a balanced concoction of soul,jazz,funk,hip-hop,disco and a crossroads of styles that evokes artists such as Dexter Wansel,Don Blackman,Earth,Wind & Fire. SoulP earned his stripes with his debut project Soulacoaster released 6 years ago unveiling class and sophistication. Soulpersona showed us boundless potential as bright remixer offering interesting revisitations of Marvin Gaye,Dionne Warwick,Charlie Wilson,Positive Flow,Bobby Womack,Deborah Bond and the list goes on.Allow us to pay tribute to SoulP,recommending the remix version of Too Young To Die perfomed by the supa-fonky Jamiroquai.If you love what you’re hearing don’t hesitate to purchase Soulpersona new album titled Momentum
PYINFAMOUS – LOOK AT LOVE (MUSIQ MAN REMIX)
Brighton eclectic producer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Abiola Otusanya known by the stage name Musiq Man illustrates his own reinterpration of the hip-hop milestone by Slum Village produced by the luminary J.Dilla titled The Look Of Love. In order to remix the finest tune Musiq Man recruits Mississipi indipendent emcee Pyinfamous who spits dope bars over the majestic instrumental.This is not the first collabo between Musiq Man and Pyinfamous,infact we met them on Musiq Man brilliant work titled The Journals.
HOMECUT FEAT. J-LIVE – TIME DIFFERENCE (MARC MAC REMIX)
Homecut is an emcee/producer as well as musician and definitely one of the most interesting name of the British underground music scene able to record in 2009 a real tidbit titled No Freedom Without Sacrifice that boasts appearances from Corinne Bailey Rae,Soweto Kinch,Andreya Triana and hip-hop emcee J-Live. The album spans from introspective hip-hop,jazz and dark trip-hop sonorities.Three years later Homecut relased Remixed Vol.1 resuming some tracks from No Freedom Without Sacrifice masterfully remixed by a line up of artists that includes:DJ Vadim,Souleance,Herma Puma (his remix appeared on jazz-hop selection Them Dirty Jazz-Hop) among others. We selected the sumptuous version of Time Difference featuring J-Live, flipped by Mark Anthony Clair aka Marc Mac (1/2 of 4 Hero) taking advantage of the sample of Fly Like An Eagle by Steve Miller Band. J-Live is currently working on How Much Is Water in the meantime check out His Own Self
CYPRESS HILL FEAT. ERICK SERMON ,REDMAN & MC EIHT – THROW YA HANDS IN THE AIR (DJ OUTCLASS & 5TH SEQUENCE REMIX)
Let us serve you up something really really hot for nostalgic people! Portland hip-hop artist Brandon Johnson aka 5th Sequence meets DJ Outclass to spread and flex their style deeply rooted in 90’s golden era. The result of this fruitful partnership is the return of boom-bap and head-nodding rhythms. Do you wanna a proof? DJ Outclass and 5th Sequence resumed Cypress Hill EP titled Unreleased & Revamped dropped in 1996 to build a supa-dupa-dope remix version of Throw Ya Hands In The Air featuring Erick Sermon,Redman and westcoast MC Eiht. They transform a gangsta rap tune in a boom-bap smooth joint!Recently Erick Sermon leapt back with a new project titled E.S.P (Erick Sermon’s Perception) featuring Faith Evans,Masspike Miles,Syleena Johnson,Method Man and others.
D’NELL – TIME TO SAY (BREAK REFORM REMIX)
Subdued soul music slightly jagged with hip-hop beats are the main ingredients of D’Nell music. The duo ,consisting off producer Dan Jones and singer Ellie Hajee, debuted in 2003 with the EP Time 2 Say via Furioustyles label. Ladies & gentleman we spread class so sit back and relax with the experimental sound of alternative/trip-hop U.K group Break Reform who remixed D’Nell Time To Say sampling Feel Like Making Love by Bob James.
COMMON – I USED TO LOVE H.E.R (TALL BLACK GUY REMIX)
We’re great fans of Tall Black Guy. The Detroit native producer caught our attention with a unique style that flirts with a plethora of genres such as broken beats, disco, house,soul……but Mr.Wallace got also a really strong hip-hop attitude so we are in front of an eclectic beat-wizard able to satisfy the palates of different audience. Great producer and clever remixer , Tall Black Guy offered us a lot of gems revisiting several artists: Robert Glasper Experiment,Maylee Todd,Rainy Milo,Coultrain,Eric Roberson,ZO! and many others. We selected for you the beyond amazing re-work of the epic I Used To Love H.E.R originally produced by No I.D.and performed by Common Sense.Wow Tall Black Guy adds a new supa-smooth layer that will enrapture your senses. Def a must have! Don’t forget to peep TBG’s Bandcamp catalogue to discover other impressive works.
The Remix Session Vol.9 is available via Mixcloud