2019 Jul 27     
2 Bit Thugs

Yes, you've got lots of 'My Beat' remixes already. But they don't sound like these ones.

Okay, I know what you're thinking… and you're wrong. And yes, that's a bold claim to make! But I bet at least a part of you was thinking "Surely we don't need any more new mixes of My Beat in 2019, do we?". And that's where you're wrong. Because while this classic tune from 1998 has indeed been remixed (and sampled, and bootlegged, and re-edited…) more times than you can count, it's never been done quite like this before.

Most remixers have simply tinkered with the beats slightly, or placed that well-known vocal over new ones; few have been anything like as adventurous as Folamour, David Harness and Janvontte have been here. The Folamour Remix transforms My Beat into a long-lost 80s boogie/jazz-funk classic. Harness takes us into 3am deep house territory with some killer stabs/chords while, bravely, downtuning the vocal to make it sound like someone else entirely. But it's Javonnte who takes the gold: his Extended Jazzbug Mix takes the track out of the world of 4/4 electronic music entirely and re-renders it as a piano-sprinkled jazz dancer, enabling the song's real meaning – that the rhythms of African-American music, and people's responses to them, are rooted in centuries of oppression – to shine through as it never has before.

So forget what you were thinking, because these mixes, far from being 'superfluous' or 'unnecessary', are in fact really rather essential.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 26 July


Review Score: 9




Tags: Blaze, Palmer Brown, Slip N' Slide, Folamour, David Harness, Javontte, house, deep house, soulful house, jazz house