Preservation , the longtime tour DJ for Yasiin Bey , has remixed The Ecstatic album from 2009 (an LP he produced three tracks for). He’s taken the original vocals and come up with new sounds of his own, and as a bonus, has included a “pre-version” of “Casa Bey” called “Black Fantastic,” which features early Mos vocals and is produced by Minnesota .
Says Preservation: “The project started as a slow build with a few songs and then it become a challenge to do them all. Because it was a sample-based album, I wanted to keep the remixes sample-based and for them to have the same pitch, key and tone as the originals. The original beats were non-traditional and the amount of singing made it very difficult to remix with this intention of the same energy. It’s the result of countless hours of digging through records to sample, constructing the beat, wrapping it around the vocal, adjusting the tempo, and so on. ‘Quiet Dog Bite Hard’ was exciting because I was remixing my own track and it drew me into the process, and ‘Workers Comp’ was the most unique due to its complex time signature.”
For those interested in copping The REcstatic , it’s available as a free download over at Mon Dieu Music . Just be aware you got to trade your email address for the DL link.