I usually try to get this sorted out for mid-afternoon, but the weather was nice and the pub was calling. A steak and a few beers (from the highly talented boys at Bristol Beer Factory) and I’m feeling exceptionally verbose, bordering on the grandiloquent.
Best get onto the music sharpish, before I start gibbering utter crap, hadn’t I?
Now that Nice Up! have gone legit, there’s a gap in the market for the ‘ludicrous reboots of well known tunes in a reggae-styleee‘ that the label built its fame on. This fact has not gone unnoticed by the Dapper Dan of the Dub World, Count Skylarkin and Nice Up! old boy Harvey K-Tel and they’ve exploited to the max with this reggaefied drum and bass tinged monster rework of the Dusty Springfield classic to give you Dub of A Preacherman. With a little bit of a tweak from Brighton boy, Del Gazeebo, this one will definitely be in my virtual bag for a good long while I reckon
Due to drop on Resense in November later on this year …
I remember when the original of Red Alert came out in the late-90’s on Basement Jaxx‘s Remedy album and was a both a chart smash and a guaranteed way of getting students on the dancefloor. Primetime for a reboot then, eh?
Heavyfeet & Nick Thayer have done a cracking job at keeping the essence of the tune there, giving it just enough of a tweak to give it a fresh spin, with a touch to the bassline here, and nudge to the filters there, and it sounds fantastic.
The last one is a wee bit of a cheat, as I wanted to put it on last weeks Three on A Thursday, but it got pulled down from soundcloud after a few hours, but it’s back now!
I found this belter as I was rummaging for Balkan beats for the gig I played with Celeste Dos Santos & The Tabloid Queens in Soho the other week. The original track, Papa Chajes is by the Amsterdam Klezmer Band, but it’s been given the beans by the Basement Freaks boys and turned from a Jewish Mothers dream into a big beaty twisted dancefloor stomper. Superb!