In 2005 Kid Kameleon asked one simple question: Remix?
"2005 has completely blurred the line between original work, mash-up, dj mix and remix. Labels like XL are releasing M.I.A.’s vocals and encouraging remixes, then signing the best ones. Artists like Aaron Spectre are loading whole DJ sets into Ableton Live, chopping and remixing the track components on the fly."
"Mashup artists like Jstar are taking vocals from one source and beats from another, then adding enough of their own production to create a hybrid beast. As ever, producers borrow musical or vocal samples, while others pay MCs to completely recreate a track and then tweak it into something new."
"As companies like Sony wheel up outdated copyright ideas with things like the DRM Root Kit, smart musicians and organizations like the EFF realize that healthy musical innovation depends on an open source model getting a forward."
10 2005 essentials from Kid Kameleon
01. Eight Frozen Modules "DJ, Riddim, and Source" [Planet Mu]
02. Deadbeat "New World Observor" [~scape]
03. Aaron Spectre "Life We Promote" [Self Released]
04. Debaser/DJ C "Crazy Baldheads" [Mashit]
05. Rotator "Dissident Sound Maniac" [Peace Off]
06. Jstar ... everything by [Jstar Music]
07. Skream ... everything by [Ital/Big Apple/Tempa]
08. Ripley "Ich Bin Defekt" [Death$ucker]
09. Beck "Guero" [Geffen]
10. The Eff [www.eff.org]
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