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Breaking bad mix tape – best tracks of the seminal tv show

August 4, 2016 Leave a comment

sound_systemHaving binged watched Breaking bad for the 4 th time, this time in 3 weeks, I have compiled a simple mix of some of  the best tracks. Needless to say, if you haven’t watched this show yet, do yourself a favor and lock yourself in your basement and binge watch the best show ever on the small screen cuz unlike what Walter White said, ”masturbating, watching Breaking bad and eating cheetos all day does constitute plans”!

 

 

 

Top 5 Breaking bad tracks :

1) Tommy James And The Shondells : Crystal Blue Persuasion : Wanna cook ? (1968)

Crystal Blue Persuasion is a 1968 song originally recorded by Tommy James and the Shondells and composed by Eddie Gray, Tommy James and Mike Vale. A gentle-tempoed groove, “Crystal Blue Persuasion” was built around a prominent organ part with an understated arrangement, more akin to The Rascals’ sound at the time than to James’s contemporary efforts with psychedelic rock. In 2012, “Crystal Blue Persuasion” was used in the eighth episode of the fifth season of Breaking Bad, “Gliding Over All”, during a montage depicting the process involved to bring main character Walter White’s methamphetamine operation and its signature blue crystal meth to an international level.

2) The Peddlers : On A Clear Day : 1968

The Peddlers were a British jazz/soul trio of the 1960s and 1970s.In 2012, The Peddlers’ 1968 jazz cover was used in season 5 episode 3 (“Hazard Pay”) of AMC-TV’s Breaking Bad over a montage of Walt and Jesse’s meth manufacturing.

 

3) EL-P & Trent Reznor : Flyentology (Cassettes Won’t Listen Remix) 

EL-P aka El Producto, is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer and record executive from Brooklyn, New York City. Originally a member of Company Flow, El-P has been a major driving force in alternative hip hop for more than two decades, producing for several notable underground rappers. Here he collaborates with Trent Reznor of Nine inch nails fame.

4) Flavor Flav : Unga Bunga Bunga 

Plays in the background of the big party bash of Jesse Pinkman’s flat.  From Flavor Flav of Public Enemy fame. It is his first solo album and the only non-Public Enemy album made by him

5) Thee Oh Sees : Tidal Wave 

If or when I’ll throw a party, I ll be sure to put this on. A killer surf tune! In 2011, the band’s single “Tidal Wave” was featured in the Breaking Bad episode “Salud“, where it plays over Gus Fring’s poisoning of Don Eladio and his capos.”Fill your pockets and leave in peace, or fight me, and die!”

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An edit mix of Funky edits…and some tunes..so fresh!!!!

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.

Full text here.

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)
4) Kool_The_Gang_-_Summer_Madness_DJ_Butcher_Hip_Cut
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
14) Marrs_-_Pump_Up_The_Volume_DJ_Butcher_Dub
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 :

karimchehab.bandcamp.com/track/i-got-…-o-nine-edit
@ivan_garcia
@georgekelly-gr
@jimsharp
twitter.com/scruffapple
@fdel
@djbobbycooper
@thereflex
@piedpiper
@dr-packer

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)
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Blue lines a masterpiece of sampling

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