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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....

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