Friday, May 29, 2015

Yours Truly & adidas Originals Present: Spoon x DJ Quik - "Inside Out" (Remix) feat. IAMSU!, Kurupt & Boogie (Songs from Scratch)

"'They did this as an ode to the Dr. Dre-era sound that he doesn't even do anymore... I miss that sh*t, too," says Quik, who slid into the Death Row [Records] family during its wildest years," Songs from Scratch columnist Frances Capell wrote in her recent DJ Quik-centric profile; Yours Truly and adidas Originals recently recruited iconic West Coast Hip-Hop producer to hand-craft a G-Funk-indebted remix of Austin-bred Indie Rockers Spoon's third and final They Want My Soul (2014) single, "Inside Out." "The vocals are great, and that's it. It's like the song's done, and I just get to draw another picture of music around it," DJ Quik then continues, speaking of Spoon frontman Britt Daniel, whom he seemingly worked closely with while re-recording "Inside Out" in his Burbank-based Little Big Room recording studio. Quik even went as far as to hand-selected three sharp-tongued West Coast rappers: "Death Row veteran Kurupt, HBK Gang's lovable leader IAMSU! and Compton's rising new talent, Boogie" to tack on three newly-penned appended verses.

Yours Truly filmed a short making-of style mini-documentary during the January recording sessions for DJ Quik's "Inside Out" Remix, in which Britt Daniel brazenly lamented: "Of all the songs on the record, this was the one that had the sorta Hip-Hoppy [vibe]... but it was just a piano ballad kinda song. But I wanted to make it more interesting than that, so we were just like, "we've been listening to this Dr. Dre record [2001] over and over and over again. So, well, why don't we just do it in this style?" DJ Quik willingly self-describes his re-imagined version of "Inside Out" as "heavy, a little more dicey, sibilant, punchier, and swirlier," as well as vaguely Pink Floyd-esque; although he really doesn't astray too far off from Spoon's stuttery string-laden original, to which he only ended up adding nearly 30 seconds onto its overall run time. "Inside Out" is just the latest in a long line of Songs from Scratch-indebted originals alongside past contributing singer-producer pairings Jeremih x Shlohmo, Chance The Rapper x Nosaj Thing, Danny Brown x ARAABMUZIK, Jacque Greene x Tinashe, and TĀLĀ x How to Dress Well.

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