1. WATCH: Marvin Gaye x Oddisee – “Ain’t That Peculiar (Remix).”

    We usually eye “remixes” of classics (particularly those that cross genres) with some suspicion. It’s just too easy to mess up something that was fine on its own. Thankfully that’s anything but the case here. D.C.-based producer/emcee Oddisee takes on Marvin Gaye’s timeless Motown classic, “Ain’t That Peculiar,” and does a damn nice job reinventing it as something wholly contemporary yet still respectful of the OG. The crucial production move here: O’s decision to shift the song’s backing track to a minor key, bringing out somber strains in the melody that were easy to miss otherwise. Of course, some will still inevitably cry heresy – especially given the fact that Oddisee drops a verse towards song’s end. But we’ll take genuine remixes over some ironic “mash-up” b.s. any day. Nice job on the video editing by Rob Mac too. Peep it, after the jump…

    Oddisee’s Odd Renditions EP drops May 15th.

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