I'm usually not too hot on remixes of classic hip hop tunes of the mid-90s because oftentimes they end up being weaker renditions of the original. When they work is when they don't just leverage a couple of great verses, but change the entire vibe of the song. Recontextualization. That's the name of the game with this super laidback remix of Notorious B.I.G.'s anthem.
Kids playing at the Musee D'Orsay in Paris. Sacre Coeur and Montmartre in the background. The museum used to be a train station. On the fifth floor, there's an incredible view of the city. Shot this in May while on vacation. Hard chilling.
Synaesthetik's recent release on SLC's Damn Son! records is dreamy. I slept on this one for a bit by accident, but glad it reemerged because it's a great listen. The opening track "Reach" shows off not just his rich rhythmic sensibility, but also the floating layers of synths ebbing and flowing throughout.
This stays stuck in my head. It's a Mulholland Drive-inspired flip over top of the most mellow-vibes anti-banger you've ever heard. Man Mantis didn't just do the beat. He also did all the animation by hand with a box of markers and a lot of time.
I've had this mix in the works for a while. Some gems from the collection. This is far from comprehensive when it comes to all the Beatles cover versions in the world, but it's definitely a bunch of my favorites. Shout out to Man Mantis for lending me the versions of "Glass Onion" and "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da." Pretty chill sounds. Lots of funky grooves, some psych rock, a dash of reggae. There's something for everybody. DL the mix + tracklist.
Eleanor Rigby - Gershon Kingsley
Come Together - George Benson
Lady Madonna - Cal Tjader
A Day in the Life - War
Hey Jude - The Overton Berry Trio
Blue Jay Way - Bud Shank
Maxwell's Silver Hammer - Jonwayne
Y la Amo (And I Love Her) - Santo & Johnny
City High - Wu-Tang Vs. The Beatles
While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Jimmy Ponder
Glass Onion - Arif Mardin
I Am the Walrus - Spooky Tooth
Strawberry Fields Forever - Candy Flip
Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da - Herbie Mann
The musician/beatmaker SkyRider discovered that there's a military drone that now shares his name. Taking offense at the unwanted association, SkyRider released a very engaging ambient record whose proceeds will benefit children affected by war.