The first time I heard Keyshia Cole’s “Love”, I was immediately struck by the heavy sentimentality, the clarity of Miss Cole’s voice, and what I perceived to be a sophisticated chord progression of the sort you don’t often hear on the radio.
That’s why, when I found the a capella about a year ago, at the height of my mashup mania, it was very important to me to find an instrumental that would not only be harmonic, but would truly do justice to the vocal in its own unique way, and justify listening beyond the original.
I hope I’ve done that with this blend, in which the instrumental to Alicia Keys’ “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” is transposed down to meet the key of “Love”. Let me know what you think.
Late last night, I mixed a new track combining the a capella vocal from Gotye and Kimbra’s Somebody That I Used To Know with the instrumental from Beyonce’s Sweet Dreams. I’m pleased enough with the outcome that I find it worthy of a quick blog entry.
I recently got my paws on an acapella of Ellie Goulding’s “Lights”, and began testing it out over various beats in my collection. The instrumental to Jazmine Sullivan’s “Holding You Down (Goin’ In Circles)” seemed to compliment “Lights” with interesting harmony. This is the resulting blend.
At 100 bpm, its tempo is slightly faster than the original “Holding You Down” (95 bpm) and quite a bit slower than the original “Lights” (120 bpm). I found this speed to be a good compromise between the two. I include a few scratches before dropping the vocal. Though my scratching skills are rather humble, I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out. Listen, download, and comment!
Katy Perry’s “Roar” vocal combined with the bright bubbly dancehall riddim of Demarco’s “Nice Nuh Bumboclaat”, and a few Lion King samples thrown in, just for kicks. My sister says it’s better than the original. That’s good enough for me.
Back when I had a gig at The Jumping Turtle, I designed this little guy in ZBrush (for a flyer I never made) He took me forever to model! This is why I am not usually a 3D artist. #turtle #3D #ZBrush #art
A video remix journey through the history of sampling taking in some of the most noted breaks and riffs of the decades. A chronological journey from the Beatles’ use of the Mellotron in the 60s to the sample dense hiphop and dance music of the 80s and 90s. Each break is represented by a vibrating vinyl soundwave exploding into various tracks that sampled it, each re-use another chapter in the modern narrative.