Thursday, May 14, 2020

DJ Bacon Returns with Beastie Boys & Pink Floyd Mash-up Album BEASTIE FLOYD with Remixes, Mega-mix & Instrumentals (DJB Bandcamp)

Australian DJ, producer, and turntablist Scott Barker, better known as DJ Bacon, is a well-documented Beastie Boys super-fan. Barker has previously released remixes of Beasties fan favorites "Egg Man," "Sure Shot," and "Shake Your Rump," as well as an infamous Run-D.M.C./Beastie Boys mega-mix fittingly titled "RUN-BST." We conducted a comprehensive 2018 interview with DJ Bacon himself, in fact, coinciding with the 7-inch/digital re-releases of both "Back In Hell" (Run-D.M.C. vs. AD/DC) B/W "Sure Shot" Rock Steady Remix and the aforementioned "RUN-BST" mega-mix. So, of course, when it came time to coordinate our full-album 3-part Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique 30th Anniversary All-around Breakdown AKA PB30, DJ Bacon was amongst the first people we reached out for contributions. He ended up penning a deeply personal blurb for "A Year & A Day" (Suite d.) from "B-Boy Bouillabaisse" as part of PB30 "Side B"/Part II.

So, needless to say, we were pretty ecstatic when DJ Bacon emailed us a few weeks back with a press advance for his then-upcoming project, BEASTIE FLOYD. Yes, you guessed it, BEASTIE FLOYD is a Beastie Boys vs. Pink Floyd mash-up/remix album! Billed as the proper full-length follow-up to 2018's "Back In Hell" mega-mix, BEASTIE FLOYD is described as "DJ Bacon's most ambitious project to date, there are equal borrowings from the obscure and well-known elements of both bands." Not only does BEASTIE FLOYD consist of five individual remixes, DJ Bacon has decided to remix himself as part of a 20-minute BEASTIE FLOYD mega-mix split into two 10+ minute sections. DJ Bacon attests, "in fact, there has never been a whole remix album released as a mega-mix by anyone before now." We can imagine DJ Bacon's BEASTIE FLOYD would serve as a great alt. soundtrack to either BEASTIE BOYS STORY or BEASTIE BOYS BOOK, too!

It's a bit harder for us to pinpoint the Pink Floyd instrumentals/samples, but on the vocal side of things, DJ Bacon expertly incorporates elements from the Beastie Boys' "Shake Your Rump" & "Stop That Train" from Paul's Boutique, "Root Down" & "Sure Shot" from Ill Communication, and last, but not least, "So What'cha Want" from Check Your Head. Oddly enough, the Beastie Boys seem to have been fans of or, at least, influenced by Pink Floyd, as a few of their songs sample the band: "Looking Down The Barrel of A Gun" from their Dust Brothers-produced Paul's Boutique makes use of elements of Pink Floyd's "Time" from The Dark Side of The Moon (1973) and "Johnny Ryall" samples "One of These Days" from Meddle (1971.) Additionally, the Beasties' newly-remastered "Gratitude" music video from Check Your Head was created as an homage to 1972 concert film Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii and was filmed in Rotorua, New Zealand around 1992. DJ Bacon's BEASTIE FLOYD is currently available to purchase, stream, or download on Bandcamp with a 7-inch vinyl edition coming soon, as well.

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