As it’s rained practically every day this past week, and after an enjoyable night of blissful musical exposure, what better way than to spend time indoors than by listening to some new tunes? The remix compilation aptly named by Amplive is his now notorious endeavour to provide a quasi-hip-hop/dance take on Radiohead’s massively successful In Rainbows release. Described by The New York Times as a transformation ‘from a synthesizer-and-guitar odyssey into an ominous electro-trance expedition’, the Oakland-based DJ manages to succeed where so many other attempted reworks by others of Yorke & Co.’s magnificently dynamic oeuvres have failed (i.e. something different, and something cohesive). The excerpt below provides the background behind the Raindydayz Remixes, along with the album’s .zip file available for download:
After a cease and desist put the breaks on Amplive’s Radiohead In Rainbows remix project, the online music community reasonably wondered if the tracks would ever see the light of day…While the Oakland producer/DJ acknowledges that he probably should have contacted Radiohead (who were not involved in the project) to seek approval prior to making his interpretations publically available, an agreement has been reached between all involved parties and Amplive has been granted permission to release Rainydayz Remixes for free to the general public (effective immediately) […] Rainydayz Remixes is composed exclusively of source material pulled from In Rainbows, re-envisioned by Amplive and complimented by vocal work from Too $hort, MC Zumbi of Zion I, Chali2na of Jurassic 5, Codany Holiday, and Del The Funky Homosapien.
Sarah Badr © MMVIII
See also: ‘Rainbow revolution’ (pieces at random)