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Friday, 5 October 2007

Teardrop[s]

Another weekend, another tune.

Not to much to say about this one, as it was fairly obvious from the start. I came across the beautiful Newton Faulkner cover of the classic Teardrop a few months ago, and I was determined to drop it in to a mix somehow (the much-delayed vol. 4), but I was determined to spice it up a bit.

Well, the obvious thing was to drop in the original version by Massive Attack. Easier said than done. My homemade acapella of the Elizabeth Fraser haunting vocal was so far out of key with Newton, it had to be pitched all the way up to chipmunk levels, and I had to add a HUGE amount of echo/reverb to make it usable, but I like the end result.

I also sampled Massive Attack's beat and looped it and the faded-in guitar line over the top of Newton's percussive slap on the acoustic guitar which gives it a nice tension. That plus I seperated out the bass drum and the snare hit, and distorted the hell out of both, to give a booming bass effect.

So for such a short track, there was a heck of a lot of work involved. I hope you like the end results. This ended up being my 2nd exclusive for the most excellent Ramdom Thought podcast, for my good friend Scott Johnson

(http://ramdomthoughts.co.uk/)

Plus I love the artwork for this. Defo finding my identity in this respect!



Download page here:
http://www.mediafire.com/?dxzmxtb0exm

Last resort ZShare link here:
http://www.zshare.net/audio/40395411db7c28/

PS: On a side note, I had my good friend Angel over last night who records as Jaime Summerz. Uber-talented R&B/Soul singer but primarily works as a rapper. Well, I showed her what I did for a hobby here in the nerve centre (my living room!) and she was loving it! For a beautiful talented girl signed to a NY label deal to actually demand a copy of my Erykah Badu mash (which she sang along to so beautifully), well it's given me renewed vigour and faith in what I do, so watch this space and hopefully there will be a whole lot more Colatron coming this way.

And if I can get an exclusive vocal from her on a mash, my god I will do everything I can to get it here for you. You gotta hear her!

Have a great weekend y'all

PPS: Wow, once again I've made the Anti-Hit list, this time clocking in at the lofty position of #3! Cheers to DJ Schmolli for pointing this out, and thanks to John Sakamoto for putting me in there. Read the mini-review over at

http://www.thestar.com/article/265940

4 comments:

Scott Johnson said...

Many thanks again for the exclusive mate - awesome track. Even better if you can get your friend's vocals on a future mashup - sounds interesting, and to be honest - even most people on GYBO have'nt tried that, so even better for your collection of work.

Keep up the good work.

Scott
http://ramdomthoughts.co.uk/

Colatron said...

Cheers Scott - you're welcome as always mate. To be honest, I nearly forgot to post this tonight! Just got in from the pub and am shattered after going through the Colatron back catalogue with Angel last night til silly o'clock, so this nearly slipped through the net :D

Yep - the only one I can think of on GYBO would be Katie Lenlow who has a lovely smooth voice and I love her output, but Angel has some incredible vocals going on too, and I would give my back teeth for an exclsuive from her. Leave it with me mate, I'm sure I can talk her round, with the promise of a bottle of Bud and a takeaway pizza; lol.

Right, time to catch up on your own show mate!

Have a good 'un
Andy

DJ Schmolli said...

Excellent! Congrats on the anti hit list too!

cheers,
Schmolli

Colatron said...

Cheers Schmolli,

I've always liked your work so it's a big compliment to receive praise from you.

And thanks for the heads up on the Anti-Hit list; that's twice I've made it now! I must be doing something right!

All the best,
Andy