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Saturday, 20 December 2008

Hallelujah double-pack

This has absolutely nothing to do with X-Factor, though I did indeed vote for Alexandra Burke last Saturday....twice.....

The most beautiful song in the world. Jeff Buckley's definitive version. A thousand covers. And a rush for the coveted Christmas number one spot in the music charts. My contribution....


Semi-inspired by the latest classic by the maestro, Flying White Dots' "3D" album (you MUST visit here ), and utilising 4 tracks from my favourite album of the last 12 months, the most ambient of Hallelujahs, to take you to the next level

Burial - Endorphin (i)
Imogen Heap - Hallelujah (a)
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah (live at Sin-é) (i)Burial - Untitled (both tracks from Burial, and opening track from Untrue)Jeff Buckley - vocal sample

Faithless Praise

Taking on a whole new dark undercurrent, surprisingly thanks to pop princess Rihanna, Imogen gives praise to being cheated on

Rihanna - Unfaithful (i)
Imogen Heap - Hallelujah (a)
Jeff Buckley - vocal sample

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A huge thanks to Gav of the Reborn Identity for sharing the Imogen vocal with me....I hope I've done it justice for you.

Happy Christmas everyone

Monday, 8 December 2008

I'll Be There In Twin Peaks

The surprise hit of the summer.

Audio by Colatron (with Wax Audio)
Video by The Reborn Identity (

The best thing I ever made?

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Please Don't Stop This Feeling I've Got

Whilst on first listen, this may appear to be a simple A+B, trust me - it wasn't.

Beginning life back in August, literally days before I got sucked in to the Mashed In Plastic project, this began as a sweet sounding mash, based upon the first bar of Rihanna matching up perfectly with the musicbox-esque chimes of Razorlight's guitars. Her voice soared above the melody, and I knew I had to finish this one. However, th tempo on either the vox or the instrumental was killing me - I may be imagining it but it seems to head all over the shop, and I had to wrestle to keep this in line.

Dipping in and out of it over the last 4 months, each time has been faced with frustration and pushing to the back of the queue to be returned to. However, this week, I decided enough was enough and I had to finish it or abandon all together.

Some micro-edits throughout the body of the vox helped, giving the timing a more natural fit, and finally it all began to take shape...until I hit the Mama Say Mama Sas....

For some reason unbeknownst to Johnny Borell and crew, when building up in to the outro, they decide to change the count to what I think may be 2/4 instead of 4/4 (as some of my fiercest critics have noticed, I am CRAP at counting beats). It's only briefly in 2/4 but it completely messed up my plans for the Mama Say Mama Sa section of the vox. What to do? Do I just leave it?

Nah.... despite Rihanna's pleas, I stopped the music.

Before building back in to the outro again.

So here we are 4 months on, and a relatively simple track is made, but behind the scenes, I'm breathing a sigh of relief and mopping my brow. I only hope this feeling of relief doesn't stop....

Please Don't Stop This Feeling I've Got

Razorlight - I Can't Stop This Feeling I've Got (i)
Rihanna - Don't Stop the Music (a)

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And this may not be the last of Borrell-bothering I this space....