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Nina Simone 2.0 : a remix tribute

April 28, 2016 Leave a comment
The subtle loops and tempo change on “My Baby Just Cares For Me (The Reflex Edit)” are just what the song needs, accentuating the natural shuffle of the original. “Love Me or Leave Me (Suonho Relove)” benefits from Simone’s voice set atop a sturdy bass line, while some other songs go into club banger mode. “I Loves You Porgy” hides under a hazy veil in the Mees Dierdrop Remix taking some of the sting out of the heartbreaking tune — but not all of it.
The remixes on this mix are curious and varied and, at the same time, work quite well together. I think Ms. Simone would be pleased.

Tracklist :
01. Plain Gold Ring (Mop Mop Rework)
02. Gimme Some (Mike Mangini Remix)
03. Love Me or Leave Me (Suonho Relove)
04. Mood Indigo (Renegades of Jazz Remix)
05. African Mailman (The Rebel Remix)
06. African Mailman (Smoove Remix)
07. Nina Simone – Feeling Good (Joe Claussell Remix)
08. Nana K. vs Nina S. – Plain Gold Ring
09. Nina Simone – Blackbird
10. My Baby Just Cares For Me (The Reflex Edit)
11. African Mailman (Opolopo Remix)
12. I Loves You, Porgy (Mees Dierdorp Remix)
13. Nina Simone – Sinnerman (Sharam Jey & Jon Sine Edit)
14. He Needs Me (Gramophonedzie Remix)
15. Nina Simone – See Line Woman
16. Nina Simone – Sinnerman

Sampled mix

de laSampling, the art of taking a few seconds of an old song, and looping it with while making all together a brand new song. I first discovered what sampling was about when I watch a BBC documentary around 1996 when De la soul were featured sampling a record on a Akai MPC3000. Then, I discovered ATCQ, Massive attack and countless of others. I became fascinated by the whole culture. Record collecting yes but above all what were these mysterious records used by people such as Marley Marl, DJ Shadow or Alex Patterson. The most beautiful thing you learn from it is the tremendous music culture one can gain through listening to those old records like Marlena Shaw and Woman of the ghetto that was released on Blue note. At the time Massive attack released Mezzanine, the Internet existed (in 1998) but it could takes years before you could be able to identify what a particular sample was used. You had to buy the record, and that’s what I did. Take Black Milk for instance. The bassline comes from Manfred Mann’s tribute (1972). I probably discovered it 10 years after Mezzanine’s release. That’s what the true idiosyncracies of sampling were, and still are : bringing obscure bands or songs of the past at the forefront of modern music. David Axelrod is good example of that : he was brought back on the music by being sampled by DJ Shadow.

There are so many good old records. Remember that everything comes from something else. Knowing the musical roots is essential and in this day an age of the age of the Internet there are no excuse for being ignorant and lazy. Everyting is one click away and sites like Whosampled provide comprehensive guidelines for beginners.

Here are my top 5 favorite samples :

  1. The Chi-Lites – Are You My Woman (1970)
  2. Banbarra – Shack Up (1975)
  3. Freddie Hubbard – Little Sunflower (1967)
  4. Moondog – Bird’s Lament (1969)
  5. Pekka Pohjola – Sekoilu Seestyy  (1974)

Blue lines a masterpiece of sampling

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