After the quite staggering reponse to the last Ghetto Funk presents: Icons Remixed Vol. 2 related post I made a few days (about three months traffic to the blog in three days, and more comments and links that I’ve had in a while) I thought I’d give the people what they want and do a full review of the release, especially since a stack of videos have dropped for them as well.
This has nothing to do with the fact that I’m on holiday from work at the moment, and have little else to do with my time … honest.
Right-ho – sixteen more lovely wobbly, breaky, beaty stuffed morsels to go- I feel like Greg Wallace after a sentence like that.
(yes, I know the ‘whole damn review pt 1 is a daft name when it’s in two parts, but I don’t really care … tune in tomorrow for the other half)
To be honest, I didn’t even realise that Lenny Kravitz had covered American Woman, and I’m far more familiar with the original by The Guess Who (which having listened to both I prefer, if just for the odd ball intro)
Number 3 in the list is the Canuck Kid, Stickybuds take on Young MC classic, Bust a Move and to my mind he nails it. A nice bottom end, some scratches and few extra little hippity-hop vocal sample thrown in and you get this beaut.
Track 5 (yes I know I’ve missed 4, but that’s the Ray Charles/Bobby C Sound TV track I covered in the previous blogpost – the video’s here – do keep up at the back) is a boot of Bob Marley’s Jammin by the boys from Manmade – CMC & Silenta.
Bob does tend to get some rough treatment at the hands of remixers, but the warm analogue bass and bonkers Jews-harp line manages to keep the bit of a two-step bounce to the tune, properly evoking the remix. One of the more subtle remixes on the album, and one that’s becoming a favourite of mine.
How can you improve a tune from the the Granddaddy’s of P-Funk? Simple. Add some Ghetto to it (largely in the form of some burbling bass and a neck snapping beat) . For a prime example of this technique please see below for Slynk’s spin on Parliament’s Aqua Boogie – the Funktipus himself would be proud …
Next up is The Funk Hunters remix of the theme to CSI … or as it’s better known to people over the age of 30, The Who‘s brilliant Who Are You? I love the way the remix manages to keep the tension of the original, before going wild in the aisles after the breakdown with some chunky bass and a proper breakbeat . The video to this one is a must see as well, as the footage of Keith Moon in the studio looks like someone has chained a chimp to a drum throne, then stuffed him full of amphetamines and recorded the output (which probably isn’t too dissimilar to what they did with Keith tbh …)
The penultimate track for this half of the review is a take on Eric Clapton’s paean to one of his favourite substances for a significant part of his career through the 70’s & 80’s – JJ Cale’s Cocaine. The Dancefloor Outlaws have done sprinkled a little Kanye & The Game lyric over the top of a beefed up squelchy synth line – personally I’d like to hear more of old Slowhands guitar line through this one, as it is one of the greatest ever, but its not a bad crack at a remix
Peace Frog is one of the standouts on the album for me. Whacka-chucka funk guitar build beautifully before being slammed by a lovely insistent Hammond sample from the original by The Doors. I love the way this tune builds up – props to the Captain, I reckon this will be in the bag for a good long while.
Right, part two tomorrow – I’m out of beer …