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Remixed Blues Songs – Kid Koala 3 Bit Blues

Remixed Blues Songs – Kid Koala 3 Bit Blues


Blues music is good material for musicians who like to remix. Around the internet and on this website you’ll find a lot of remixes of blues artist. A nice Blues song that is turned into a danceable remix is 3 Bit Blues by Kid Koala, a canadian DJ and graphic novelist.

This song is part of the Kid Koala’s 2012 album 12 Bit Blues, which was released on the Ninja Tune Label and contains 12 cool blues oriented dance songs.

Kid Koala has released four solo albums on Ninja Tune the most recent being 12 bit Blues. He has also released two graphic novels: Nufonia Must Fall and Space Cadet. He has also been involved in collaborations such as Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, and The Slew. – See more here!

Live Remix on video

In the video below you see how Kid Koala mixes this blues song to the  danceable remix. It cool to see how this all is made.

Find and listen more of Kid Koala on his Soundcloud website!


Video filmed in one shot, no edits.
Performed by: Kid Koala http://www.kidkoala.com
Shot by: AJ Korkidakis http://www.ajkorkidakis.com
Directed by: Paul Labonte http://www.smashingalltoys.com

Kid Koala – 2 bit Blues

Another song worth listening on 12 Bit Blues is “2 bit Blues” the catchy main riff is complemented by a Fat Boy Slim kind of beat.


Photo Credit: By Lorena Cupcake on Flickr Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

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Remixed Blues Songs | Smokestack Lightnin’ – Howlin’ Wolf

Turntable blues remix

Remixed Blues Songs | Smokestack Lightnin’ – Howlin’ Wolf

The great Howlin’ Wolf recorded amazing songs in Memphis, London and Chicago, but if you have to pick one song that really has all features of a signature Wolf song, it is Smokestack Lightning“. In 1956, four years after Howlin’ Wolf moved to Chicago Smokestack Lightnin’ was recorded and it became one of his most popular and influential songs. It is based on earlier blues songs and numerous artists later interpreted it.

Even today Smokestack Lightnin’ is an inspiration for musicians and DJ’s. A lot of musicians including Soundgarden and Lynyrd Skynyrd covered the song. Also DJ’s change this old blues classic in new danceable song.  My favorite remix of Smokestack Lightnin’ is the version of Beat Diplomacy.

Howlin’ Wolf meets Wilfred Skimbleshanks – Smokestack Lightnin’ (Beat Diplomacy Remix)

Beat Diplomacy is an electro acoustic act from London formed by Tomas Gorol (producer) and Michele Budda (saxophone, piano) in 2014. Their genre varies over electro swing, blues and jazz. Their major inspiration is taken from artists like Parov Stelar, Gramatik, Goldfish or Big Gigantic.

They recently released their first EP Get Back To Swing! which includes collaborations with guitarist Fernando Salomao and vocalist Ana Laura Martins.

From Moanin’ in the Moonlight (1959).


Muziek ‘Smokestack Lightnin” van Howlin’ Wolf ( • • )

Howlin’ Wolf “Smokestack Lightning” Live 1964

photo credit: record hop via photopin (license)

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Remixed blues songs: Skip James – ‘Devil Got My Woman’

 Remixed blues songs: Skip James – ‘Devil Got My Woman’

Skip James learned guitar from bluesman Henry Stuckey around 1924. They were both blues musicians in the Bentonia style that Stuckey learned from Bahamian soldiers during world war I in France. Almost a century later Skip James’s songs are still a inspiration for musicians who like to remix songs of old bluesmen. ‘Devil Got My Woman’ is a song that is turned into cool remix by DJ JX Jetson.  

JX Jetson’s remix is remarkable for the hard beat which makes this song really grooving, the vocals are smoothly mixed into the beats. The bass adds a fine feeling melody to the song. Near the end of the remix you will hear some rap vocals from probably Jay Z saying ” I know you gonna miss me…”. JX Jetson chose a song from Skip James last record before his death in 1969.

James was born in Bentonia Mississippi in 1902. He was the son of a Bootlegger who later  converted and turned into a preacher. His style is mostly known for the open D-minor tuning, James first recorded for Paramount Records in 1931 when he convinced talent scout and recordstore owner H.C. Sears. Sears immediately send James to the record label. Unfortunately these recordings sold poorly and he drifted into obscurity. For the next 30 years Skip did not record any record.

Rediscovery Skip James in the sixties

In the sixties of the twentieth century the Folk Blues revival led to the resiscovery of many delta bluesan. Three musicians searched Skip James up, but unlike other rediscovered Delta Bluesman the discovery of Skip was only by chance. They found him in a hospital in Tunica, Mississippi. Since his discovery in the sixties Skip James released four more albums. Read more about his re-discovery by John Fahey, Bill Barth, and Henry Vestine here.

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Skip James – ‘Devil Got My Woman’

You know, I could be right
You know, I could be right
Then again, I could be wrong
But it was nothin’ but the ol’ devil
He done got my baby
Now he done gone

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Lyrics; “Devil’s Got My Woman” 

You know, I’d rather be the ol’ devil
Well, I’d rather be the devil
Then to be that woman’ man
You know, rather be the devil
Than to be that woman’ man

You know, I’m so sorry
You know, so sorry
That I ever fell in love wit’ you-ooo-hoo-oo
Because you know you don’t treat me
Baby, like you used ta do-hoo

You know, I laid down last night
You know, I laid down last night
And I thought to take me some rest
But my mind got to rambling
Like a wild geese from the west

Continue reading Remixed blues songs: Skip James – ‘Devil Got My Woman’

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Remixed Blues Songs: Ramblin´ On My Mind Robert Johnson Remix

Remixed Blues Songs: Ramblin´ On My Mind Robert Johnson Remix

Ramblin’ On My Mind was recorded on November 23, 1936 by the great Robert Johnson in San Antonio, Texas. The influence of Robert Johnson in the history of music is huge. From Muddy Waters to Eric Clapton, Johnson’s music was an inspiration for all of them. Beside the musicians who cover Johnson’s music acoustic or in a band, a lot of DJ´s find inspiration for a bluesy remix in Johnson´s music. DJ Chamber remixed the song Ramblin´ On My Mind strikingly. This is a blues remix to remember.

Blues remix by DJ Chamber

DJ Chamber is a globetrotting, and award-winning DJ who has been touring internationally since the age of just 21. Originally from Bristol, UK, but currently living in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The remix of Ramblin´ Man contains a steady and groovy drumbeat complimented by remixed vocals of Johnson. When the bass is introduced in this remix you will find a blues / dubstep sound. The song is setup around the continuing guitar sample. DJ Chamber did a great job.

Find more about DJ Chamber here.

Ramlin’ man DJ Chamber – Blues Remix Robert Johnson

Cover version of Ramblin’ on my Mind

Eric Clapton, Simply Red, Ike Turner, Otis Spann and John Mayall are just a few musicians who covered Ramblin´ On My Mind. Eric Clapton´s version is a revival version of Johnson original recording. Simply Red´s version is almost A capella. John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers made a great honky tonk Blues track of this traditional. You will notice that all cover versions keep the bluesy feeling, like Robert Johnson recorded it.

Eric Clapton

Simply Red

John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers

Left Lane Cruiser & James Leg

The raw edged version of Ramblin’ on My Mind by Left Lane Cruiser & James Leg is worth listening. Beside the cool vocals the honky tonking piano tune make this song. It may be the most badass version of Johnson’s song ever recorded.

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Blues Songs in the Remix John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker photo flicr creative commons mtphrames
John Lee Hooker photo flicr creative commons mtphrames

Blues Songs in the Remix

The blues has been an inspiration for musicians for over a century. Even now some of the biggest hits around are inspired by great blues music. And therefore we post some of the best remixes of the blues on this website. We earlier wrote about Son House, Muddy Waters and Keb´ Mo´, today blues legend John Lee Hooker, who is very well remixed by JPod an Canadian DJ.

Shake it Baby Original

JOHN LEE HOOKER – Shake it Baby from ZX on Vimeo.

 

Jpod Remix of the blues: John Lee Hooker

Ha-ha-ha
Shake that thing, Baby
One time for your Daddy
I love ya
You’re cookin’ when you jive
Honey, you’re workin’
You’ve got the pots on
And the gas workin’ high

What we like about this remix is the rhythm and the way Jpod keeps the original structure of the song alive. He adds some funky drums and keys and turns is into a happy feeling groove cocktail.

JPOD’s trademark sound is a tasteful fusion of soulful sounds with crispy rhythms and bold basslines. He uses hip-hop breakbeats and bouncy electro basslines as the foundation for organic expressions of world, reggae, folk, bluegrass and more.

JPOD is online at Soundcloud and Facebook, follow him here.

JPOD also owns a digital label called Swing Set Sounds which seeks to arm DJs not only with great music but also with tools to create their own custom remixes.

Shake It Baby JPOD Blues Remix John Lee Hooker

Lyrics Shake It Baby

Shake it Baby
Shake it Baby
Shake it Baby
Show me
Show me
come on Gal
Shake it right now

W-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-H Yeah!
Shake it Baby
Shake it Baby
Shake that thing

Me an’ you
Me an’ you
Nobody else would do
Nobody else but you
Shake it Baby
Shake it Baby
Shake it Baby
One time
One time for me
Now rock!

Ha-ha-ha
Shake that thing, Baby
One time for your Daddy
I love ya
You’re cookin’ when you jive
Honey, you’re workin’
You’ve got the pots on
And the gas workin’ high

One time for me
One time for me
One time for me
Shake Baby
Shake it Baby
Shake it Baby
Shake it Baby
Shake that thing
Shake that thing
Shake that thing
Shake that thing
One time, Baby
One time
One time
One time
One time
One more time
One more
An’ one more
An’ one more
One more time
One more time
One more time
One more time
One more time
One more time
Just one more time
And, uh, one more time
Once again
One time
And one more time
And one more time
And one more time
One more time, Baby
Shake it Baby
One more time
For me
For me
For me
For me
For me
For me

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Remixed blues songs: Keb’ Mo’ Am I Wrong

Remixed blues songs: Keb’ Mo’ Am I Wrong

Some of the greatest hits in blues are an inspiration for DJ’s to be remixed in danceable songs. Earlier we wrote about Son House and Muddy Waters who where brilliantly remixed. Today a re-production of Keb’ Mo’s song Am I Wrong from his 1994 album Keb’ Mo’.

Keb’ Mo’ a three-time American Grammy Award-winning blues musician is compared to most of the great blues musicians a young dog. He first started recording in the early 1970s with Jefferson Airplane violinist Papa John Creach through an R&B group. It resulted in his 1980 debut album “Rainmaker”. Mo’ recorded during his 34 year career 14 records.

Am I Wrong

Am I Wrong’ is a great song recognizable for the groovy slide guitar and vocals. That combination of guitar and vocals must have been the inspitation for some of the remixes you will find on this page.

 

Thomas Calame Demarcq remixed the blues song by adding a heavy bass and danceable beat to it. It is a easy listening good feeling song.

 

Other Blues Remixes

Ice One’s  remix is recognizable for the heavy beat. It is build on the same groovy slide guitar. Listen to it here:

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Remix of the Blues: Muddy Waters

 

Muddy Waters - creative commons - photo by Kevin Dooley
Muddy Waters – creative commons – photo by Kevin Dooley

Remix of the Blues: Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters was with his Chicago Blues sound a major influence for the British Blues revival bands of the sixties, like the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds and John Mayall. Even now Muddy Waters’ songs are an inspiration for musicians worldwide. I recently crossed a remix of the old blues song “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” by Roy De Ville.

Blues Remix Muddy Waters

Roy De Ville made a relaxing dance version of Muddy Waters hit. De songs is recognizable by the well produced rhythm guitar. De Ville also added some cool solo guitar to the song. Listen to this Blues song Remix here.

Origins of the Song

Muddy Waters wasn’t the first one who recorded “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”. Waters recorded the song in 1978 for his I’m Ready album. It was John Lee ‘Sonny Boy’ Williamson who played the song for Bluebird in 1937  first. Williamson recorded the song together with Big Joe Williams and Nighthawk on guitar.  He used the melody of Son Bonds song “Back and Side Blues” recorded in 1934.  After Williamson, Muddy Water, Buddy Guy  and Lightning Hopkins also played the song.

Muddy Waters Recording

In the seventies Waters recorded two fantastic album with Johnny Winter “Hard Again” and “I’m Ready”. On these Albums he recorderd some old songs again, like “Can’t Be Satisfied on “Hard Again” and the song of this article on “I’m Ready”. These albums are absolutely worth listening.

60 Years later it are these classic blues songs that are the inspiration for remixes. The blues is swinging rhythmic music, and that may be the main reason why al these songs are perfect to remix. Roy De Ville did an excellent job!

Junior Wells and Buddy Guy

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