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Saturday, 13 September 2008

Sexual Brass

How guilty do I feel?

It seems like an age since I completed anything new to be posted here on, and I must admit, I have let it slip. Whilst not deliberately ignoring my website, I've been so busy working on the Mashed in Plastic project that everything else kind of went by the wayside. The MIP project is coming along nicely though, and whilst I've submitted 3 new tracks myself for possible inclusion, the other material that the guys have come up with is simply breathtaking (The Reborn Identity and Wax Audio have produced some of the greatest, most beautiful mash-music I've ever heard...simple as...). Watch this space for more details over the next month or so.

So ever concious that my site has remained devoid of new music for a good month or so now, I set out to rustle something up, to keep you all going. I had around 3 or 4 tracks on the go before I headed off to work on the MIP project, but none of them seemed to be my thing at the moment - I always find the best ideas come from the music you are currently listening to. And so this one became the obvious choice to make.

DJ Yoda had just released his excellent contribution to the Fabric Live series, and it contains many mind-boggling mashes of its own - the Violent Femmes classic 'Blister in the Sun' combined with some funky beats, the Coral's sing-along belter "In the Morning" bleeding in and out of the Chemical Brother's hilarious 'Salmon Dance', a geat mix CD and thoroughly recommended; but one track caught my eye more than any other on the CD. The Hot 8 Brass Band's startling cover of Marvin Gaye - 'Sexual Healing'. Funky swing if ever I heard it, and completely unexpected in the context of the CD.

Tracking down the original of it, it clocked in at over a mighty 9 minutes, whilst the most complete pella I could find was only around 4 and a bit long. Some creative editing was required here!

I was pleasantly surprised too with the fact they were in key. The hardest part of making this track, was that although I could get the Marvin vox in tempo, they required some major duty snipping to fit the swing rhythm of the instrumental. In fact, this has resulted in me setting a P.B. with approx. 160 individual cuts being made to the vocals. I wouldn't normally bother... :D

I couldn't find anything suitable samples from Britflick "Brassed Off" so a heavily edited sound clip of Marvin on SoulTrain completes the track off.

And yes, I know what you're thinking - that is indeed the legendary Marcy Tigner and her trombone on the cover artwork. With friends....

Sexual Brass

The Hot 8 Brass Band - Sexual Healing (i)
Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing (a)

MP3 download page here

Right - I'd best shoot off, as the Red Room is calling me again, but until next time (and I'll try not to leave it so long next time).... adieu

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