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It was ten years ago in 1999 that I remixed Grace Jones’ seminal ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’ – a track with more sexual innuendos than you could shake a stick at. This post is a quick rewind on that and also to finally make public a short but very sassy unreleased Dakeyne remix of Grace’s Iggy Pop penned Nightclubbin’ track.
Firstly, the ‘..Bumper’ remix was done during my last few days of involvement with the DMC organisation, where I was renting space in the form of my old ‘Studio 1′ environment. This room was equipped with a fair few hardware toys and a large Sountracs mixing desk but by this time I was already pretty much working ‘in the box’ with no external processing/mixing involved. ‘..Bumper’ originally had a tempo of 109 and I took it to quite an extreme house territory of 128 bpm. Within this I programmed some Propellerheads ReCycle‘d percussion loops, originally courtesy of Sly and Robbie – I can’t tell you what a pleasure it was to get my hands on those individual samples..
Some cool (for their day) sound design tools were also used: Pro Tools Digi Pack (extreme flanges and metal/lo-fi FX processing): Arboretum Hyperprism for the crazy cut up sequence on the acapella drop on Grace’s ‘Pull up..’ vocal: Metasynth, for the mutated percussion loop punctuating the track. Yeah, it was fun to do, and especially when it got to, shall we say, emphasizing Grace’s rather risque` lyrics
Nightclubbin’ for 2006
So from ’99, we move to ’06 and a commissioned session I did for a leading events management company who were providing models and choreography for a high profile Hair & Fashion show. The remit was to provide a modern interpretation on Miss Jones’ ‘Nightclubbin’ track. No parts were available to accomplish this, I only had the original stereo CD track to use as source material. It was to be used for a models catwalk routine (which on the day was very theatrical and a credit to their Creative Director) and subsequently had a very strict timing and ‘arrangement’ factor to adhere to.
Sticking with the original (s-l-o-w-w-w..) tempo of 77 bpm, I made AIFF audio files of different and relevant (1, 2 and 4 bar) sections which were then processed in the ‘Apple Loop’ utility (which I think was very underrated at the time and allowed complete tempo manipulation at a darn fine quality). The visual direction from the event’s Creative team suggested a very sensuous, flowing modulated rhythm with electronic undertones. This lead me to utilise and reprogramme 2 very heavily processed loops from Spectrasonic’s amazing groove machine, Stylus RMX. With some luscious bass emulation of the main hook and a series of very specific timeline positioned delays, the vocal was remapped and sits as you’ll hear it below.
So aside from a couple of hundred fashionistas back in 2007, my remix here remains un-heard and ‘unreleased’. As short as this version is (for the show), I can’t help listening to it over and over again.. So what do you reckon, extend it and get it ‘out there’?