Tuesday, March 01, 2016

The latest Amateur At Play tracks and remixes

In advance of the spring 2016 edition of the Amateur At Play Podcast, which is coming out very shortly, I thought I'd go through some of the things I've been working on recently.
First of all, I've uploaded three tracks onto my Soundcloud page. There are quite a few more in the pipeline. The first is "Heather's Dance". It's called that because it samples something from someone called Heather. Yep, it really is that simple an explanation. You can get that one on free download right now.
The second is called "Black Dogs In Car Parks". It's a long story, but this one was put together in a car park one afternoon. I had created this slightly schizophrenic sort of house groove and was trying to find some vocal which would fit into it. For some bizarre reason, there's a copy on my laptop of the mental health hotline sketch by recently deceased Irish actor Frank Kelly. So I stuck that on there just for fun, and it seemed to work. So I left it there and you can listen to the preview now.
The third is called I "Thought You Were Down?" and is something that I put together some time ago, but never quite got round to finishing. I just couldn't get it to sound right. Investing in one or two new plug-ins solved that particular problem. That, and putting on a more breakbeat-style beat carefully crafted by yours truly. Far be it for me to blow my own trumpet, but I really like how this one sounds!
Here are those three tracks so you can have a listen:

Okay, onto the remixes. In this collection, there are no less than THREE remixes of Sagat's 1993 hit "Why Is It? (Funk Dat)" to be found. Why are there so many? Because the parts were recently given away for a Beatport remix competition. The mix that I submitted at the time can be found here, but I'll be honest - I don't especially like it. Not now that I've done these other ones anyway. The Questionable Vocal Mix is just that - a vocal mix, and the two dubs are precisely that.

I especially like the way the Backwards Dub sounds. It's just a shame that I accidentally deleted the DAW file on my computer so have no way of mastering it properly!

Elsewhere, there's remixes of a Chris Burns track from a few years ago called "IYE", a remix that I did of Lady Bee's "Bucka" for a Beatport remix competition - this couldn't be any more different from the original track, and two free downloads are also available. My dub of Ain't Nobody's "A Little More Love" can be picked up for free right now, and a preview of my rework of Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez's 1990 song "Jam The Mace" under his House Syndicate moniker is also up there.

And here are the remixes for you to listen to: