(A short, personal Kanye interview)
Love Lockdown was one of the most remixed songs of 2008. A lot of those remixes were sloppy, many of them were unoriginal, and I wasn’t a fan of most of them. The Chew Fu remix became one of the accepted bests, however, it still never blew me away. Perhaps, to a certain extent this remix culture that the internet has fostered, the same culture that I feel has so much potential, also incentives rushed releases that aren’t properly developed.
Maurice Joshua has been producing funky house for quite some time now and when I came across his remix of Love Lockdown I was instantly excited. Recently we have talked a lot about how house is only getting harder, however, that doesn’t mean that I don’t love to hear something funky and melodic – in fact outside of a club a prefer it. I do want to bring our readers attention to what happens about halfway through the song, this producer, known for keeping it funky and melodic, briefly drops into some heavy bass and syncopated drums that sound a lot like Dubstep. The pitch of the vocals has been adjusted to match the song, a step that many remixers seem to forget about. This remix is very well put together and definitely the most salacious Love Lockdown remix I have heard.
I have included two other remixes that I came across recently. The 1994 Pilot Priest Remix is probably the best electro remix of the song, it was included in our post on M, M & M. It also makes one question what exactly a house remix is. Hip Hop producers sample for their original productions in the same fashion that this remix samples Love Lockdown, why is that? (I’d love to hear some feedback from readers on this). The Beat Thrillerz remix’s approach is a little bit more of a trance track than the other two but I still think it is better than most of the rushed remixes that hit the web right after the original leaked onto the net.
I would love to hear some feedback on this one!
StSH[audio:Kanye West – Love Lockdown (Maurice Joshua Club Mix).mp3,Kanye West – Love Lockdown (1994 Pilotpriest Remix).mp3,Kanye West – Love Lockdown (Beat Thrillerz Remix).mp3]