16 March 2011

Myagi - Big Beat Demolished (RIPEcast)

Making its worldwide debut on The RIPEcast this week is "Big Beat Demolished", a compilation of classic breakbeat tracks remixed by our good pal Myagi (and a project he has been pouring his blood, sweat and tears into for the last year). Many thanks to Myagi for this RIPEcast exclusive mix and for the detailed producer commentary he has provided along with the track list. RIPEcast is bought to you by The Space Cowboys.

Myagi - Big Beat Demolished by The Space Cowboys

Tracklist (with commentary)

1. Meat Beat Manifesto vs Fake Blood vs Myagi - Mars/Myagi intro
"Made this one up for my sets at Burning Man 2010 – seemed appropriate to use it here. Bits of Fake Blood’s Mars mashed in with bits of the close encounters refrain and some of the Meat Beat Manifestos Mars Needs Women."

2. Wax Assassins – Waxadelica
"One of my all time faves, I first heard this on Midfield General’s “On the Floor at the Boutique” mix. It was hard to bootleg for sure, as the original’s tempo was really slow relative to what I wanted. It required breaking out my own vocoder, using a text-to-speech program, and redoing the stab sequences with various synths and samples. This is a good example of reusing a bassline but not a bass tone – the bassline in the original was awesome, replaying it and programming a new synth line with plenty of “womp” added the right edge to it."

3. Wiseguys - Ooh La La
"This one is one of the toughest ones I did for sure. It was hard to figure out how to approach it as the original is such a classic, but the break in it sounds weedy or thin in a modern set, and though I loved it 'as is' I really wanted something I could play that had a bit more in the low end. It may not be done as a bootleg yet – there are still some adjustments I may make, but for the time being, crowds have been eating this up."

4. Dirty Beatniks - Disco Dancing Machines
"An underappreciated gem from Wall Of Sound, Disco Dancing Machines was a great piece of almost euphoric filtered disco with a killer vocal track. I love the original but really wanted to take it in a breaks direction with a big squelchy bassline, and in this case, that approach seems to have worked. It drops into a loop of the original in the middle and comes back in full force with a nice dose of acid-y action overtop."

5. Groove Armada - If Everybody Looked the Same
"Really proud of this – the original is an all-time classic for sure, but in a club setting I always found the vocal a little over-the-top, so I wanted to make sure it was used a little less and offset by a total mood change in the remix. Distorting and effecting a vocal-laden loop and gating it against a breakbeat gave it a really cool filtered house vibe, and at that point I kind of rolled down the soul and brought up the funk a bit. The vocal comes in towards the end during a breakdown with the emotive vibe of the original track - and it works a treat – this is a total stomper in my opinion."

6. Fatboy Slim - Everybody Needs a 303 vs Everybody Loves a Filter vs Everybody Loves a Carnival vs Tweekers Delight (aka Everybody Needs an Everything)
"This one is kind of funny – there were a LOT of different remixes of this Fatboy Slim classic, and each one had something that jumped out at me in a big way. The original had the funky bass slaps and vocal sample, the “Everybody Loves a Filter” remix had a really cool synth bassline and some amazing vocal chops, and “…Carnival” had some awesome whistle and percussion samples. I basically grabbed what I wanted out of each track and rewrote the bass, drums and synths into something heavier, but still super funky. The acid line is redone for the most part, but drops into a bit of the 303 acapella from “Tweekers Delight” during the breakdown."

7. Fatboy Slim vs Duck Sauce - The Barbara Skank
"This was one of those good ideas that went from concept to finished product in an afternoon. It relies a lot on samples from both “Rockefeller Skank” and “Barbara Streisand” which are melodically very similar in their choice of guitar sample (they might be the exact same, I never bothered checking). Nothing to comment on here other than that really. Fatboy Slim blogged about this one on facebook and the youtube video I put up got 5000 views in the first day, so that’s pretty damn cool!"

8. Lionrock - Fire up the Shoesaw
"Justin Robertson’s band Lionrock had their finest moment with “Fire Up the Shoesaw,” a funky breaks track that used a gated sample from “These Boots are Made for Walking” to great effect and landed on the sound track for the oh-so accurate movie Go. I wanted to drop the tempo a little bit so this track seemed perfect to do that with – a little bit of glitchy wobble and a new bassline, plus a bit of a Jay-z vocal thrown in for good measure and we’re good to go!"

9. Scanty Sandwich - Because of You
"One of the holy grails of big beat, “Because of You” is an example of a very few elements coming together perfectly. Every part of this track is instantly recognizable – from the filtered loops to the drums to the synth hits and acid lines, so it was hard to know what to do with it in some ways. I opted for a similar approach as the one I took with the “Everybody needs a 303” bootleg, rewriting the majority of the tune but keeping significant samples from the original that made it obvious what was going on. The bassline in this owes a lot to modern electro house as theres a lot of comb filtering and bitcrushing on it, but really hits all the right notes as far as I’m concerned, taking this into a new era."

10. Shiftee e.p. - Rat Funk
"One of my most prized records is the Shiftee E.P. on Neon Flavas – back when digital crate digging was king, I managed to get a copy of this incredibly hard to find piece of vinyl because someone had misspelled the name of the record when it was getting indexed. I think I paid like 20 bucks, which was about 300 less than I thought I was going to have to pay. Ha! Again, little clips of the original are decorating what may as well be a new track, but in the midst I drop it right back to the intro of the original tune and build it up big time, until it all comes together at the end in a monster finish."

11. The Crystal Method - Keep Hope Alive
"This one isn’t QUITE done but it was at the point where I could include it for sure. The last time I remixed TCM it was for their “Vegas Deluxe” album on Geffen, and it’s been some time since I had a go at one of their tunes. This one is a tough one as it’s arguably their most famous track, and its carried by its squelchy synth line and the mood set by the dramatic samples and the pads. When remixing something with a such a hallmark riff or synth line, the key is not to avoid it (it leaves a monster elephant in the room) but to figure out how to use it to “reference” the original in the context of the new track. The build in my remix allows for the same drop as in the original “Keep Hope Alive,” and the sounds and samples provide a lush soundscape for a MUCH heavier bassline and drum department."