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 :
Quentin Tarantino and funky music go hand to hand together. His soundtracks have multiple gems of hidden soul, funk, and psychedelic rock. While my favorite soundtrack by QT is probably Reservoir dogs (and movie as well) my favorite song from one of his movies has got to be Jack Nitzsche : The last race.
While I think Death proof the movie is absolute rubbish, I think the soundtrack, that I own in red marble blood vinyl is an absolute goldmine of funky music. Ennio Moriconne, April March, Keith Mansfield (Grindhouse) and an obscure Eddie Beram are featured in the movie. Bernard Alfred “Jack” Nitzsche, born 22 April 1937 in Chicago, Illinois was an arranger, producer, songwriter and Academy Award-winning film score composer. He scored One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Starman while The last race was done in 1964, on a 7 ” / 45 RPM.
Full tracklisting of the mix :
1) Quentin Tarantino on the moral choices in Pulp fiction
2) The Ventures : Miserlou
3) James Brown : The big payback (Tall black guy BIGBACK slap-up re-edit)
4) Brothers Johnson : Strawberry letter 23
5) Minnie Riperton : Inside my love (Disco tech edit)
6) Joe Tex : I gotcha
7) Tomoyasu Hotei : Battle without honor or humanity
8) Smith : Baby it’s you
9) Keith Mansfield : Funky fanfare
10) Dusty Springfield : Son of a preacher man (Charlels Beale edit)
11) Bill Whiters : Who is he
12) The vampire sound incorporation : The lions and the cucumber
13) Alan Reeves, Phil Steele and Phillip Brigham : The Chase
14) Kool & The Gang : Jungle boogie
15) Bernard Hermann : Twisted nerve
16) The Coasters : Down in Mexico
17) Eddie Bunker / Harvey Keitel : Madonna speech
18) Jack Nitzsche : The last race
19) George Baker : Little green bag
20) Bobby Womack : Accross 110 th street (DJ ”S” bootleg bonus beat)
21) Al Green : Let’s stay together (Disco tech Dj cut mix)
22) Marsellus gets medieval
23) Dave Dee, Dozy Beaky Mick and Titch : Hold tight
24) Lively ones : Surf rider
25) Eddie Beram : Riot in thunder valley
26) Harry Nilsson : Coconut
27) RZA : Ode to Django (The D is silent)
28) Isaac Hayes : Truck turner
29) Quincy Jones : Ironside
30) April March : Chick habit
31) The Centurions : Bullwinkle part II
American singer, songwriter & pianist borned Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tryon, North Carolina, USA. Nina was giving piano recitals after playing at her local church at an early age. Her childhood piano lessons were funded by her mother’s employer and a local fund set up by her music teacher, so impressed were they by her talent. She moved to Philadelphia aged 17, teaching piano and playing to raise the money for her studies at New York’s renowned Juilliard School Of Music. To fund her family she worked in a bar in Atlantic City where she was also required to sing and built up a devoted following. She recorded Gershwin’s “I Loves You Porgy” which became a US Top 40 hit and transported her to a bigger stage, performing at Carnegie Hall and the Newport Jazz Festival.
Her repertoire went on to embrace numerous Civil Rights anthems, a movement for which she was a passionate and prominent supporter. She left the US in the 1970s, moving first to Barbados, and some other places, including Africa and the Netherlands, before eventually settling in France where she died from cancer in 2003. Nina’s voice drew heavily on other music forms. It was infused with gospel, blues, soul, jazz, R&B, and folk. And it found a wider audience late in her life when “My Baby Just Cares For Me” became an unlikely UK chart hit when it featured in a TV ad campaign. In fact her music stayed very popular with advertisers as her tracks have been used to promote a multitude of products on TV, including yoghurt (“Ain’t Got No (I Got Life)”), Diet Coke (“I Put A Spell On You”), cars (“Sinnerman”), fabric conditioner (“Feeling Good”), and perfume (“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”), et al.In recent years, spread by the success of the Verve remixed compilations Nina has been not only sampled to death but remixed a lot. This mix presents my favorites remixes of Nina Simone!