Where's Leroy?

Where's Leroy?

The term “remix”, like the term “R ‘n B”, has taken on different meanings over the years. Back in the day, it meant that if you didn’t like the levels and EQ that your engineer had done, you handed over the reel-to-reel master tape of the song to a different engineer, who would perform a “re-mix”.

Nothing changed about the performance or the arrangement, it was purely a dynamic adjustment of the original recording.

Of course, that’s not what it means today. Today, when a remixer produces their take on a track, the result is usually in a totally different genre and tempo, and only the vocal gives a clue as to what the original recording sounded like. 99% of the time, it’s designed for the club.

Now, Leroy (Newtown‘s keyboardist and 12th dan technological wizard) gave me carte blanche on these remixes, and in the case of I’m OK, I decided to exercise it in an unexpected direction.

Leroy had told me that, of all the songs on the Newtown debut album, this track was probably most suited to a balls-to-the-wall house/dance remix. While I don’t disagree, I tried three different clubby versions and they all sucked.

Actually it’s not so much that they sucked, but more that they didn’t elevate the track; they didn’t add anything new and they all sounded like they were going through the motions.

You see, the original of “I’m OK” is an amazing track. It really shows off what Newtown can do, and it’s a beautiful piece of work. You can hear the original on Newtown’s Facebook page, or listen to a clip of it here:

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The way the chorus works in the original – well, I didn’t feel that a club version was in any way superior.

Now, it just so happens that I’m gearing up for a movie soundtrack job, so I’ve been doing maintenance work on my orchestral templates in between remixing … and in the midst of that, I had an idea. And so this mix happened.

It’s not a club remix. It’s not a groove remix. I suppose, technically, that it’s more of a rearrangement than a remix, and I can’t say whether it’s better than the original or not, but I do feel that this has more integrity as a piece of music than a club mix would.

Take a listen:

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