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
Filed under: Music, Video | Tags: juicy juice ep, one, remix, rush, santogold, the grouch, zion-i
An exclusive track available only on the upcoming Zion-I Juicy Juice EP: Zion-I – “Rush”
BONUS 2: The “Juicy Juice” music video
The Juicy Juice EP is available for download on iTunes. Click HERE.
Look our for Zion-I’s new LP, The Take Over, coming out in January. For more info, log on to www.zionicrew.com.
DOWNLOAD: Bilal – “Soul Sista” (Madlib Remix)
Original ain’t no slouch either:
QUESTION: Is there a difference between the way the female body is depicted in this video as opposed to, say, any one of the videos shown on 106 & Park? Or, to put it another way, is the use of the naked female form in music videos more or less offensive depending on the context of the music? Why?
P.S.: I can walk to Madlib’s studio from my house! YEE!
Filed under: Events, Music, Video | Tags: all falls down, dahlak, good looks, ill-literacy, kanye west, love lockdown, n.i.c., never know, remix
How convenient for the G.O.O.D. Music don to drop the video for “Love Lockdown” the day before GOOD LOOKS
Kanye’s shit has been impeccable since day 1. Remember this?:
GOOD LOOKS in 1 DAY!
Filed under: Music | Tags: aesop rock, amplive, baskervilles, radiohead, rainydayz, remix, tokyo police club, yak ballz, zion-i
…amplive always represent texas!…
For all the girls standing in the line for the bathroom…boys too:
Tokyo Police Club – “Baskervilles” (Amplive Remix) feat. Aesop Rock and Yak Ballz
Also, check out the new Zion-I website: www.zionicrew.com