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U2R0804 | 2018-07-06  
This track began as little experiment taking a sample from the intro of Average White Band's 'Pick up the pieces' and cutting it up into audio slices which were replayed over pads to get a bit of a jam going. It sounded great (but a bit rough). Using that as a template an electric bassline from various live bass solos was morphed into something that slammed against the groove and sampled horn stabs. All of this was getting exciting (at which point a short sample was posted online) but there was room for something more. Dave Shorland was the perfect candidate to deliver a stunner of an alto sax topline and solo to make this a bit special.

At this stage there was a great collection of parts so the hunt for vocals began. Finding anything like '100 Percent' was going to be a bit unlikely but what in isolation sounded a bit tongue-in-cheek, sounded great in context with a selection of spoken parts from a very well known voice artiste really hitting the mark. With Dave's sax parts, the crude cut-ups didn't feel necessary anymore so they were ditched and replaced with some background rhythm guitars and pushed back Rhodes parts to keep things musical and soulful.

The 'Original Mix' was supposed to be quite raw, sounding more like a DJ edit but during production, a lush Rhodes chord progression surfaced with the track heading in a much smoother direction than initially intended. The 'Raw Mix' version however brings back the original plan featuring a rude synth bassline, old school sounding horn stabs and a breakbeat heart. This was also about the overdubbed live hats and jazzy drum fills, introducing 'half time' beats and keeping a dubby edge within the arrangement.

Enter stage right an amazing producer going by the name 'Lenni Meyur' with a hugely exciting take on the project. Lenni introduced some delicious 80's chord hits and a fierce edit of the live bassline which relentlessly slams with a properly DJ-friendly intro. The arrangement also follows a dubby pattern chopping in a way more reminiscent of the early 90's, providing fabulous energy and interest.

Mike Millrain has delivered again with a wonderful master, but now the question, which mix to play ?

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