In 2006, I remixed one of the Jungle Brothers most popular tracks, JUNGLE BROTHER. Finding it in my archives, I was surprised to find it sounding relevant with today’s 90’s hiphop feel so I decided to clean it up some and release it. Starting with a new cover design, I invested a small amount of time cleaning up the levels and uploaded to SoundCloud.
Like most growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, Hip-Hop continues to play a big part in my life and work today. I owe so much to this style of music as it (like most it’s listeners) expanded my taste in music with every album consumed.
My eclectic taste in music, love for jazz, soul and obscure rock music is deeply rooted in my youth studying the tapes and CD booklets during my youth.
I love all styles of Hip Hop but I do miss some of the more positive and lyrical styles the groups had back in the day. Groups like Tribe Called Quest and The Jungle Brothers always shared a deeper and positive message with less (if any) of the usual messages Hip Hop is known for sharing.
The inspiration for this track comes from some of the earlier Bonobo-type sound and downtempo that living in The District provided — it’s home to one of the biggest downtempo labels in the world 18th Street Lounge.
+ 12 Channel Mixing Board
+ Record Player
+ Propellerhead ReCycle
Using the B-Side a-cappella off the single, I recorded the track, pulled it into Cubase to allow me the ability to make adjustments to levels and audio curve while running it out to my desk and into a compressor to warm things up.
Next I pulled the updated vocals into Propellerheads ReCyle — this allowed me to cut the vocal pieces up in a fashion that would give me full control of how the vocals and the beat would play with one another. This also allowed me some control of the time which helped speed up or slow down the vocals without distorting the audio — making it sound higher or lower pitched.
Writing the beat in Reason, I bounced all the tracks into Cubase to have better control over the mastering, levels and other more technical audio adjustments.