Filed under: Events | Tags: beat swap meet, concise, Devil's Pie, endo, just pudge, nujabes, sistargirl, verdugo bar, vibes & stuff, wax addict
…soul by the slice…
3rd Wednesdays Soul Party
♥February 16, 2011♥
Featuring Guest DJs:
VIBES & STUFF DJS (CONCISE + JUST PUDGE)
For the shortest month of the year, February holds a lot of weight. Home to both Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, and the beginning of the Lunar New Year (most of the time), it’s a month full of love, pain, and new creation. How appropriate, then, that it’s the month that hosts the birth and also, tragically, the death of Japanese producer/dj, Seba Jun aka NUJABES. We celebrate the love that Nujabes spread through his music this month with guest DJs Concise & Just Pudge of VIBES & STUFF RADIO.
And Guest Resident:
Vinyl Sale By:
WAX ADDICT (Beat Swap Meet)
PLUS! Jewelry & Accessory Vending By:
3408 Verdugo Rd
Glassell Park, Los Angeles
Filed under: Events, Music | Tags: 213, alicia keys, amerie, Devil's Pie, freddie roach, kanye west, mashup, nujabes, one thing, pacquiao, r. kelly, remix, rich harrison, siik, step in the name of love, the meters
Actually, I still cringe even using the word “mashup” anywhere on this blog. But that’s what most accurately describes what SIIK does. He takes the acapella of one song and combines it with a different instrumental. Seems simple enough? Wrong. What I like about SIIK’s remixes (a less-negatively associated term) is that he’s able to marry pop/rnb/rap acapellas with soulful instrumentals in a way that completely transforms the vibe of the song.
Take his Amerie remix for example. This is the one that got SIIK his 15 minutes. He transforms the original club banger, produced by Rich Harrison, who sampled the hard funk ofThe Meters, into a smoothed out head-nodder/two-stepper by surgically attaching a nice Nujabes instrumental to Amerie’s raw vocals.
DOWNLOAD: Amerie – “One Thing (Siik Remix)
Yes, I said surgical. Surgery requires training, experience, and skill. Proper “mashups” aren’t simply beat matching two different sources and smacking them on top of each other. You have to match the keys of the tracks (which SIIK is amazing at), you have match differing rhythmic swings of the tracks, you have to edit song arrangements so that musically they fit snugly, and you also have to mix the vocals just right so that they can fit sonically with the instrumental. The reason why I can’t stand mashups is because 1. their producers usually don’t take into account all those steps and end up with a terrible sounding mix and 2. nine times out of ten, they are just party songs made into more-partying party songs. I want to hear something creative and risky.
My favorite SIIK remix is “Step In The Name Of Love”:
Download more SIIK remixes and dj mixes at his website: siik.org