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
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 ( • • )