Here’s the third and (probably) final Meat Beat Manifesto mixtape and I’ve gone downtempo for this one.
New ScarKord remix over on Metapop of Adam Buxton’s Ramble Chat jingle. The only rules were that you had to use at least two of the original audio files and it had to be 1 minute or less long.
Was pleasantly surprised at how much multi-tracking was going on with the vocals so I thought it was only fair to use most of them in the first part of the mix. Then decided a slightly more monotone / robotic vocoded sound worked better for the latter ‘Blah, blah, blahs’.
Happy New Year! Reflecting on the strange year that was 2020, the additional time spent at home was actually very productive for me. Certainly, I’m intending to keep the momentum going so thought I’d have a trawl through my archives to see if there were any hidden gems to share for my first post of 2021.
Here’s a previously unreleased remix of the seminal Acid House classic, ‘Acid Man’ by Jolly Roger, which I created back in 2003.
It starts with a slight Detroit influenced intro before going full-on tribal acid. All I know is that it had me bouncing in my chair this morning, which can’t be bad for something tucked away on a hard drive for 17 years!
Some days, you just need to listen to breakbeats. Today is one of those days, and inspired my second Meat Beat Manifesto ‘Mixtape’.
Certainly had fun chopping up and fusing the beats together. And thought I’d add a little downtempo outro at the end for those more familiar with Jack Danger’s back catalogue.
It also gave me the chance to take the new Cubase 11 SpectraLayers for a spin too and was amazed at how well it extracted the vocals from ‘Oblivion’. The mix was done in Ableton though, just because I find it quicker for this sort of thing.
And speaking of Oblivion, that segues nicely into some other news. I’ve been beta testing a new drum synthesiser plugin ‘Hex Drum’ for Oblivion Sound Lab which is now available. It’s inspired by the classic Simmons SDS series which is also the inspiration for it’s name. I even created a one of the preset kits too ‘ScarKord Sonar’. Definitely one to check out.
Thought I’d share this amazing remix by Plaid that’s well worth a listen. I do so love their work.
Have posted a couple more older remixes to my Soundcloud page, both of which were originally for competitions on the Acidplanet website.
Bleed Electric – Birds as High as Planes (ScarKord Remix)
Starting with Bleed Electric’s Birds as High as Planes (ScarKord Remix), which is a pretty frenetic Drum and Bass version with some lovely bass sweeps and a crazy amount of edits on the vocals.
Lords of Acid – Drowning in Ecstasy (ScarKord Remix)
This is followed by a remix of Drowning in Ecstasy by Lords of Acid. My main recollection of this remix is that I really didn’t think much of the vocals, particularly in the verses, so I went full on Cylon with the help of a Vocoder to dirty them up and disguise the cheesy lyrics. Add some Aphex style percussion and an overdriven acid bassline and there you have it!
Just uploaded my Gabriel Rios remix to YouTube, synced to the original video. Did a little bit of a ‘Wizard of Oz’ edit to it as well with a black & white effect. The aspect ratio is slightly out though, but this was a problem with the source video so I decided to leave it as is.
Have posted a few more remixes to my Soundcloud account, two some of you may of heard before and one you definitely won’t have!
Firstly, I’ve uploaded my remix of Jesus Jones‘ ‘Idiot Stare’ from back in 2005. Not much to say about that one other than it was already a good track, and I (hopefully) improved it a little by beefing up the drums.
The second track is a lot more exciting though, and truly a lost remix! The story behind my remix of Gabriel Rios‘ track ‘Broad Daylight’ starts in 2007. I was working for the Digital Agency LBI and one lunchtime, demonstrated to a colleague Paul how I used Sonic Foundry’s Acid software to produce my remixes. He passed me the Gabriel Rios track to see what I could do with it and this is the result.
Ten years on, and it still sounds really fresh to my ears. I should probably have put it out long ago, but better late than never!
Rounding things off is one of two remixes I did of the Amanda Blank track ‘Might Like You Better’ back in 2009.
The other remix was a quick drum and bass remix, but trust me, this was by far the better version. It even has one of my trademark fake endings with bonus acid synths.
I wonder what I’ll find next 😉
Happy New Year!
Just stumbled across one of my early Jesus Jones remixes from 2002 (gathering dust on an old hard drive) and it still sounds pretty good!
Another mix from my archives. This time, a mini mixtape of sorts built around drum and synth loops from various Meat Beat Manifesto tracks, remixes and solo tracks by Jack Dangers. Includes the obligatory ‘Radio Babylon’ too but with a new, dirty acid bassline I added in there to spice things up a little. “It’s in my brain now…” and hopefully, in yours too