Unlike remixes, an edit or a re-edit consists is an altered version of a recorded song created by repeating, reordering, or removing sections of the original recording – for example, making a chorus repeat several times in a row, or extending the length of a break section. Like remixes, re-edits are especially common in dance music.
In recent years, people like Dimitri from Paris, Greg Wilson and Todd Terje have made numerous gems while reworking some classic tracks of disco, pop, soul or funk. I ve gathered 10 of my favorite edits below :
1) Dimitri from Paris : Chic : Le Freak
This is hands down, the best edit I ve ever heard. Completely dazzle me everytime I listen to it : keeps the mesmerizing bassline, adds an extra break to mix it up longer and loop it as well, a total revamp of the classic which renders the original completely obselete! Total dancefloor killer :D: Sacré Dimitri!
2) The Reflex : Blondie : Rapture
So many edits of this song exists. Why would this one be ever different ? First of all, pretty much everything this guy releases is completely revamped versions of originals. You Can tell he spends a lot of time in the studio. Greg Wilson had this to say about The Reflex :
The Reflex has recently come to prominence in underground dance circles via his ‘Reflex Revisions’, which are basically remixes as they used to be back in the day (expect, of course, that they’re unofficial), when the remixer worked purely from the original parts, reinterpreting what was recorded on the multitrack, rather than replacing stuff wholesale, or even changing everything so that the original only remains in name, as became the case later down the line when record companies saw the possibility of selling, let’s say, a Techno track to a Hip Hop audience.
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This Rapture edit adds a thick layer of bassline. On the repeat button for me it has been for a long time since I discovered it on the Gilles Peterson show!
3) LNTG ( Late night tuff guy) : Diana Ross : Boy u turn me
LNTG is a name to be reckon with on the disco / funk edit scene. Everything he touches seems to turn to gold. I don’t think I can go back to the original after listening to this gem of absolute funkiness! Would you ?
4) DJ Butcher : Marrs – Pump Up The Volume (DJ Butcher Dub)
As the leader of the band recently passed away, I couldn’t pass this one. The original is one HUGE classic dance track that was featured on American psycho ( I’m into murder & execution – I m into merger & acquisition) DJ Butcher here keeps the original while making it more DJ Friendly. Read more about it here.
5) Danny Howells : Donna Summer : I Feel love re-dub
Not really a remix (Patrick Crowley would be hard to beat) but more of an edit, this track needs no presentation and should be in any DJ’s record box. From 2002-2003, an absolute bomb!
6) Nasty Frenchie : Blondie : Heart of glass
I’ve listen to DOZENS of re-edits of this song and I keep getting back to this one. Adding multi track of her own vocal makes this classic even more funky. Adding a touch of modernity, making it more DJ friendly with a nice chunky break at the end. Get back in 1979!
7) Billy Cobham : Stratus reflex
Another gem by this guy, goes straight to the rhythm section and it’s not bad thing since I always felt the intro was the weak point of the track. Was sampled by Massive attack on their album Blue Lines and the track Safe from harm in 1991.
8) Todd Terje : Roxy music : Love is the drug disco dub
Grace Jones had also made a great version of the track but the Roxy music dub edit features echo, extended bassline and chunky beat. A bloody well executed mix/edit!
9) Groove Is In The Heart • The Reflex Bootsy + Q-Tip Re√ision
Absolutely sick edit of this classic. The extended version gives much more range than the original which was too short to mix. A funky intro and better use of Bootsy Collins’s vocals. Another fine example why The Reflex is in a league of its own!
10) Moondog – Bird’s Lament (Alkalino Reform)
Alkalino is another name/producer to be reckon with. His version of Mellow mellow by Lowrell, sampled on Lately by Massive attack, is also quite gorgeous. However, here he has outdone himself. The Moondog bassline is famous to have been sampled by Mr Scruff on his classic Get a move on. But here we get almost an housy track that keeps the feeling of the original track intact!
Here is a mix I ve done with my favorite edits : perfect for summer nights! From jazz to soul, funk, disco and new wave.
70 minutes of edits – Funky Jeff
1) Intro : Foxy Brown + Dolemite + Black Belt Jones Mashup Blaxploitation
2) Labi Siffre – I Got The (Karim One-O-Nine Edit)
3) Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys – Who Knows (Suonho raw-dub)
5) Camille Yarbrough – Praise You – (Jim Sharp Edit)
6) The O’Jays – For The Love Of Money (Apple Scruffs Edit)
7) Linda Lyndell – What a Man (fdel Mix)
8) The Chi-Lites – Are You My Woman (Bobby Cooper DJ Friendly Re-Edit)
9) Marlena Shaw – California Soul (Bobby Cooper DJ Friendly ReEdit)
10) Blondie – Rapture [The Reflex Re√ision]
11) The Clash – The Magnificent Dance (Pied Piper Dub)
12) Average White band – Pick up the pieces (Pied Piper Remix)
13) Groove Is In The Heart • The Reflex Bootsy + Q-Tip Re√ision
15) Talking Heads – Burning Down The House • The Reflex Re√ision
16) Indeep : Last night a DJ Saved my live (Dr Packer’s acid rub)
17) Roxy music – Love is the drug (Todd Terje disco dub)
Tracks used on the mix :
Sampling, 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 :
- The Chi-Lites – Are You My Woman (1970)
- Banbarra – Shack Up (1975)
- Freddie Hubbard – Little Sunflower (1967)
- Moondog – Bird’s Lament (1969)
- Pekka Pohjola – Sekoilu Seestyy (1974)
I listen to quite a bit of mixes in addition to making my own for multiple Soundcloud channels. Like everyone, I find good ones, but also, not so memorable ones but I’ve made a little top 5 of mixes I often go back to listen to.
The first mix, is well, a Detroit techno mix, that was recorded by a random guy on vinyl in the mid 90’s. This dudde is probably the most proper DJ I’ve heard in a long time! The days when you needed physical records to mix and beat matching wasn’t a 100 % accurate science. The mix has some technical mistakes but it makes it even more interesting in my opinion. Shame about the no tracklisting but this mix is an absolute gem and a kick ass techno mix. Lots of techno classics in there like : Hi-Tech Jazz by Galaxy 2 Galaxy, then Green velvet Destination Unknown, then it’s Slam – Positive education, a couple of other tracks I was able to ID : X-102 – Intro (X-102), Jeff Mills Step to enchantment, The bells, Cycle30 (A3-loop) again by Mills, Surgeon – Magneze, Dave Clarke – Wisdom To The Wise (Red 2) (Robert Hood Remix), The Advent, Regis, Dave Angel, all in all a throwback party in memory lane, circa 1995 ! One word : WOW ! The Martian – Firekeeper and Nocturbulous Behaviour by Suburban Knight are two Detroit classics that he threw in there. What’s even more impressive is the mix he did between the actual mix and clips from different SF movies.
The clips used are from these movies :
Galaxy of Terror
Planet of the Vampires
Battle Beyond the Stars
The second and third mixes are from Cio d’or, a German DJ who’s incredibly talented, and should be more known in my opinion. Real name Cio Dorbandt, she’s uncompromising in the music that she mixes. It’s top notch minimal mostly, but in the Boiler room (a DJ gimmick – DJs that pay to play there – that repulses me by the way, sometimes interesting though…) mix she’s adding quite a lot of melodies on top of 4/4 minimal techno. Absolute mesmerizing mix. The second mix was done in collaboration with Donato Dozzy, the famous and VERY gifted Italian producer also known for his alias Voices from the lake, hailed as the best album on RA in 2012. This mix has a stunning progression but sadly comes without a tracklist. The only tracks I was able to recognize were Dreamfish – Underwater and Monolake – Mass transit railways from the Hong kong album in 1996 on Chain reaction. The third mix on this list is a mix done for the DJ series of DJ Pete aka Substance who works at Hardwax in Berlin. If you read this and don’t know what Hardwax is then a) You’re not knowledgeable in techno or b) you’re new to genre so educate yourself and visit their site! This mix was done by Milton Bradley though, it’s a great journey into electro, old and new. The first four tracks almost gets you in Space, while the rest of the mix is solid.
Last mix is from EDM star Diplo but here in a completely different mode, totally rare groove : soul & funk. Diplo got stoned and mixed really old records for half an hour. Great mellow psychedelic mix. Jimi Hendrix, Donavan, and Jefferson airplane most notably.
1.Detroit techno Space mix
2. Cio d’or : Boiler Room TV April, 15th 2015
1) Cio D´Or _ hecto (sounds) _ Semantica 73Y
2) Plaster _ Libra _ Stroboscopic Artefacts 015
3) Irradiation _ Magnetic Monopole _ Temp Records
4) Martyn Hare _ Unforgiving (Bombardier Rmx) _ K1971
5) Cassegrain _ Distil _ Prologue
6) Moritz von Oswald _ Jam _ Honest Jon´s Records
7) N.d. _ Serial Surroundings (Poly) _ Black String Records
8) Mike Parker _ Ringing Bass _ Prologue
9) Mike Parker _ Polar Vortex _ Mote-Evolver
10) Sleeparchive _ Meson _ zzz
11) Sleeparchive _ Hospital 4 _ zzz
12) Mike Parker _ Currents _ Tsunami Records
13) Mike Parker _ Lustration Eleven (Edit Select Rmx)
14) Mike Parker _ XavRmx _ unreleased
15) Cio D´Or _ XXXIII _ Semantica 73
16) Planetary Assault System _ The Eyes Themselves
17) Heiko Laux _ Souldancer (Ray Kajioka Rmx)
18) Obtane _ Signs of Kinetic Posession (Mike Parker Rmx _
19) Paul Brtschitsch _ Sightdraft _ Fusion Records
20) Function _ Immolare _ Sandwell District
21) Shifted _ Arrangement in Monochrome _ Avianmusic
22) Cio D´Or _ tomorrow was yesterday _ Semantica 73
23) Cio D´Or _ XLIV for Mike _ Semantica 73
3. Cio DOr and Donato Dozzy–J
4.Milton Bradley : wax_treatment_podcast_035
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- 01. Exaltics: Introduction – Bunker 3091
- 02. Mayan Gold: Intergalactic Traveler – Uncanny Valley LTD 01
- 03. Boris Divider: Sentry – Tesla Electronics 001
- 04. Koova: Excess 2 – AC Records 07
- 05. Electronome: Bass Commander – Viewlexx 001
- 06. Kraftwerk: Tour De France (Kevorkian Remix) – Ballroom Records
- 07. Scape One: Galaxy Prime – Science City 21
- 08. Mr. De’: Shake It Baby (Inst) – Electrofunk 503
- 09. UR: Electronic Warfare (Re-Edit) – UR 033
- 10. UR: The Final Frontier – UR 003
- 11. Systemic: Simulation Of Live – Jactation 004
- 12. Chaos: Afrogermanic – UR 021
- 13. Arttu feat Jerry The Cat: Get Up Off It (Dexter Remix) – Royal Oak 11r
- 14. Dynamik Bass System: Electronic – Gigolo 14
- 15. Scape One: Gamma Function – Science City 21
- 16. Hashim: B2 Bonus – Cutting Records 200
- 17. DJ Derezon: A2 – FCR001 white
- 18. Beastie Boys: Intergalatic Instrumental – Capitol Records
5. Diplo : got stoned and mixed really old records for half an hour
0:00 The Freak Scene-Grok!
1:36 The Dutch Rhythm & Steel Show Band-Down By The River (Neil Young Cover)
3:55 Donovan-Get Thy Bearings
5:45 The Common People-Soon There’ll Be Thunder
7:55 Jimi Hendrix-Hey Baby
12:45 Dorothy Ashby-For Some We Loved
16:30 Rotary Collection-I Am The Black Gold of the Sun (Hey Love)
23:00 US69-2069 (A Spaced Oddity)
28:00 Jefferson Airplane-Today
31:00 United States of America-Cloud Song
34:00 New Live Trio-Empty Streets