Little Walter’s music is good material for a remix. His biggest Hit “My Babe”, has earlier been remixed successfully by JPOD and other DJ’s. Recently I walked into another great remixed blues song of the blues harmonica king. I share with you Little Walter’s “Up The Line”, which was remixed by Catalist and featured on the Electro-Blues Vol.2 album.
Electro Blues Vol. 2 Album
Electro Blues vol 2. was released by Freshly Squeezed Music, and is full of danceable songs of artists like Freddie King, Etta James, Wynonie Harris and Amos Milburn. Freshly Squeezed Music is a British independent record label and music publisher. The Label is currently sitting atop Europe’s booming electro swing scene,
Little Walter “Up The Line”
Little Walter’s “Up The Line”, is a song that in its original version would fit in every dance hall today. The driving sax, melodic harmonica and grooving piano really make this song. On top, we add the soulful vocals of Walter and you’ve got it all!
Well, when you need some grooving blues music, one of the best around is Junior Wells for sure. Junior was a king of the harp and everybody should have a copy of his Hoodoo Man Blues album. His music is still today an inspiration for many musicians and also DJ’s know how to adapt his work for a remix. Junior Wells hit “Messin’ with the Kid” for example was beautifully remix by DJ _AZK_.
Tom Azk a.k.a. dj _AZK_ remix “Messing With The Kid” fantastically. The song is groovy as hell, the funk in fueled intro is a killer and overall you’ll find some danceable beats in this remix.
AZK has been on the musical scene of the north of Spain since the 90’s. He started as a singer and guitar player in local rock bands until he fell in love with the blues and the harmonica, which is now always present in his productions and live shows.
Blues Remix by A-Frillz: Sonny Boy Williamson’s Start me Talkin’
Don’t Start Me Talkin’ is one of the trademark song of harmonica bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson II. It was Williamson’s first single recorded for Checker Records and reached number three in the Billboard R&B charts in 1955. Sixty years later it is the subject of a DJ remix by Canadian based A-Frillz.
Deep bass en beats: Mixing blues song
I always like it when producers and DJ’s take old blues song and mix it into a dance version. this song for example, puts the catchy harmonica in the loop and adds a deep bass beat to it! the original vocals of Sonny Boy stay in place and the result is a blues inspired dance hit.
A-Frillz did a great job mixing this blues classic follow and listen more of his mixes via Facebook and Soundcloud
This radio session is all about the electric blues, with one exception: Big Bill Broonzy’s “Sixteen Tons” an acoustic classic. You will further find various classics of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Otis, Taj Mahall and many more..
West Coast Blues Lowell Fulson
We kick of with “My Aching Back” by Lowell Fulson. This hit was released on 45 RPM in 1966 as the backside of “Change your Ways” and contains a whole lot of rhythm and was featured on his album “Soul”.
Taj Mahal and Otis Rush
In honor of Taj Mahal’s career Sony Music released an collection of studio recordings called The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal. “Chainey Do” appears on this album and is like most of his early recordings a rocking blues tune. Another bluesman in this radio session Otis Rush released his hit “Me” on his 1969 album Mourning In the Morning. This song is very grooving and soulful blues song and contains on hell of a guitar solo listen at: 2:22 minutes.
Remix of blues songs: Bo Diddley – Pretty Thing (Paspar2 Edit)
Blues music is and will always be an inspiration for musicians and dj’s. Now and then you find on the internet pretty cool remixes of blues and rock n roll songs. Like Bo Diddley’s “Pretty Thing which was mixed by Russian artist Felix Helpless. This blues remix stays close to the original but is edited was some pretty cool bass, beats and hand clapping.
Hailin’ from Yekaterinburg in middle Russia Felix Helpless makes all kinds of remixes from abstract ambient breakbeat downtempo electronic hip hop idm trip hop and classic songs like “Pretty Thing” of Bo Diddley.
Pretty Thing” was recorded on july 14th, 1955 for checker records and is a product of Chess bass player and songwriter Willie Dixon.Bo Diddley however added his own musical and textual style to it. The song was Diddley’s third single release through Checker Records after “Diddley Daddy”. British Rock band the Pretty Things took their band name from this song . Photo credit: By Masao Nakagami (http://www.flickr.com/photos/goro_memo/315786763/) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
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.
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.
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 ( • • )