Friday, July 13, 2007

Funky Friday Is Sneaker Pimpin'

I'm taking you back 10 or 11 years here, deep into the recesses of (ugh) "trip-hop", when downtempo beats + smoky chanteuses = the way to get peoples' attention. Sneaker Pimps seemed a bit different from the rest, and stormed my stereo for a year or two with their slick yet edgy noise and all of the ensuing remixes. Then the lead singer Kelli left to go solo, got replaced by a bloke, and I lost interest in (ugh) "trip-hop". Those early records still sound pretty good to me, so here are a few choice reminderss...

6 Underground
Becoming X
The classic single with the gorgeous John Barry Golden Girl sample. Still gives me a bit of gooseflesh.

Post Modern Sleaze (Underdog Remix)
Post Modern Sleaze
Trevor Jackson AKA Underdog goes all dub hop, infusing the song with the spirit of Lee "Scratch" Perry. Dreamy and spooky and dub-tastic.

Spin Spin Sugar (Armand's Dark Dub)
Spin Spin Sugar
Armand Van Helden brings the boom-hiss-boom-hiss-boom-hiss-boom-hiss 4-to-the-floor house flavor, then halfway through drops in the dub steppa beat and makes like a slowed down junglist.

Post Modern Sleaze (The Salt City Orchestra Nightclub Mix)
Becoming Remixed
A great, minimal '80s disco treatment that adds a huge slap happy bass riff to a stomping beat, and then sprinkles an occasional bit of fx over it all. Nice one.

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