A quick one today. Just some remixes and re-edits that I’ve been enjoying lately. First up a fantastic re-edit by Pilooski of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ Beggin’
, which I received via the ever-excellent Bloggers Delight
. I must admit that I’d never heard of either Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
before, but now I have. That’s Frankie and the boys above, probably sometime in their 60s heyday, when they were responsible for selling heaps of white-boy soul. Pilooski, as I’ve found out from headphonesex
(who was, as expected, one of the first off the blocks with this tune) is part of the D*I*R*T*Y
gang. Erm, that’s about it. Anyway you don’t really need all this info – the tune is all you need, in all its Northern Soul glory. In true re-edit style, it’’s not altered greatly, just extended and touched up to make to original even better.
Download: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – Beggin’ (Pilooski Re-edit)
Next, a couple of remixes. Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve is the name under which Erol Alkan and Richard Norris release re-edits of weird obscure old psychadelia and folky stuff, most notably on a series of limited and highly collectable 12 inch EPs. But it’s also the name which they use to remix folk and Americana type songs by other artists. The two finest recent examples of these are their re-workings of Findlay Brown’s Losing the Will to Survive and Midlake’s Roscoe. I think these are remixes rather than re-edits, but the re-edit spirit is there. The tunes are not messed around with too much, just extended and a light touch given on the extras. But it’s enough to make them into something quite lovely. And even if they’re not quite going to burn up the dancefloor, they certainly make the originals twist in a different way.
Download: Findlay Brown – Losing the Will to Survive (Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve Re-Animation)
Download: Midlake – Roscoe (Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve Remix)
Order a copy of the Wizards’ latest George EP before it’s too late!