RE:GENERATION MUSIC PROJECT featuring Skrillex, The Crystal Method, Pretty Lights, Mark Ronson and DJ Premier
The RE:GENERATION MUSIC PROJECT asks us to, “Follow DJ Premier, Mark Ronson, Skrillex, Pretty Lights and The Crystal Method as they remix, recreate and re-imagine five traditional styles of music. From the classical perfection of the Berklee Symphony Orchestra to the bayou jams of New Orleans jazz, our five distinctive DJs collaborate with some of today’s biggest musicians to discover how our musical past is influencing the future”
In theory, this is a fascinating idea. And from what has been released so far, it’s every bit as good in execution. Below are the five collaborations. The Primo and Skrillex joints are our personal favorites.
DJ Premier Ft. Nas & The Berklee Symphony Orchestra – Regeneration
Skrillex Ft. The Doors – Breakin’ A Sweat
The Crystal Method – I’m Not Leaving Ft. Martha Reeves and the Funk Brothers
Mark Ronson – A La Modeliste ft Erykah Badu, Trombone Shorty Mos Def Zigaboo Modeliste & The Dap Kings
Pretty Lights – Wayfaring Stranger (ft. LeAnn Rimes & Ralph Standley)
Xaphoon Jones, the production side of Chiddy Bang made this contribution to DJ Mo Beatz ‘s mixtape Finally Original. I really like what Xaphoon did here, Kanye sounds right at home.
Two of the most original, confident artists making music today get the mash-up makeover. Make sure you grab this.
Childish Gambino vs. Aloe Blacc – Let Me Get a Dollar [Mashup]
At only 3 tracks long, The Gil-Scott Suite is criminally short. It’s free, however, so we graciously accept this gift of supremely blended tracks that combine the late, great Gil Scott-Heron, and the Wu-Tang Clan. The abrasive raps of the 36th Chamber don’t seem like they would lend themselves to a genre like jazz, but the result is surprisingly smooth on the ears.
Just after Common released his new single, Blue Sky, Urban Noize released a new mix, combining Common’s “Chi-City” and Duffy’s “Hard for the Heart.” A nice mellow offering to help you start the week off right.
It’s almost cheating to remix Big. His voice is so iconic you can’t really go wrong. Pairing it with Tom Petty is just lazy. Oh well, it’s catchy enough. Consider it a guilty pleasure listen.