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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Afrika Baby Bam - Beyond This World (Bruce Geetz Afro Funk Remix)

What's good yall? It's been a while, but I got some new music to share.

This is a remix I've been sitting on for the past 6 months or so.

I forget how I came across the 12inch for the Jungle Brothers "Beyond This World", but I was immediately drawn to the bassapella version of the title song. It only features Afrika Baby Bam's verse, but that was enough for me to fire up the MPC and see what I could do. I had been on a big Afro-funk kick around the time I was working on this track (which was originally going to be a joint on my EP) and the fast tempo of the JB's track was perfect for a West African inspired back drop to be crafted behind it. I grabbed some drums off of probably 5 or more records, layered and sequenced them, threw some extra percussion & congas behind them for that Afro feel, then it was off it find a sample. First I tried a loop I got off a Hugh Masekela album, but I felt I needed to add my own touch to the track, so I dismantled the track, re-arranged the drums, and ran through some more records.

I finally found the main guitar sample off a Fred Wesley/James Brown 45 I had picked up in Philly not too long before I started the remix. It's a pretty known guitar line, so I chopped it up and re-arranged it for a completely different feel, which added a nice bounce to the track. For the bassline I grabbed a Lonnie Liston Smith record, chopped up some open bass (which I have used on a bunch of tracks since), again re-arranged it, and gave the track a much needed bottom end to solidify the funk.

The acapella on the 12inch was only 38 seconds, or something around there, so I had to add a little intro to it, so it could at least hit the 1 minute mark. And there you have it. I played it for a few friends who all though it was dope, then it sat the past few months inside of a folder in my computer until I grabbed this cheap audio interface so I could finally record tracks outta my MPC 1000.

Hope you enjoy!

Afrika Baby Bam - Beyond This World (Bruce Geetz Afro-Funk Remix)

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PS: Stay Tuned for some more music from me, along with some vinyl rips of some rare joints that I own.

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