News : Worst tune of the week

 Wednesday, May 9th 2007, 4:34 pm

Hey! You! The Rock Steady Crew! Sometimes I get sent tunes that I am really excited about opening and this week I couldn’t wait to have a listen to a new remix of The Rock Steady Crew’s “Hey You”. Now some of you might not remember it the first time round as it came out in 1983. It’s one of the earliest electro tunes that hit the UK charts so it kick started a love of hip-hop, electro and all things electronic for myself and my brother. Obviously it holds fond memories so I couldn’t wait to hear what this new version was like.

It has been “remixed” (strictly speaking I’d call it more of a “dj edit” as it stays quite true to the original rather than being a remix) and it has been done by Jay C and will be coming out on Nebula Records. Now to my well tuned ears it looks like he’s just added a Mr. Magic style synth (think “Magic’s Wand” from the 80s!) in the background and added some phatter beats in the background. I have to say that I’m really not feeling it at all. Have a listen and see what you guys think. I can never see the point of these sort of “remixes” that add very little to the original track. The original was a fantastic track and of its time so why spoil a great tune? Sorry if you’re reading this Jay C!

Also included in the remix package are mixes from Friendly, Martin Ten Velden and Beatfreakz (aka Dennis Christopher and Mark Simmons). Martin Ten Velden turns it into a dark and dirty tech house tune if that’s your thing. It’s a bit too deep and dark for my floors but I’m sure some of you guys will love it. Christopher and Simmons use their more commercial Beatfreakz guise to give us a cheeky hip-house version with their trademark compressed synth pads. As much as I love these guys it borders too much on the commercial side of house music for me and sounds like something they’d play in the Ritzy type clubs. Friendly finishes the package off with one of his breakbeat house mixes with plenty of filtering and cut up vocals but it doesn’t really do the business for my chunky house music dancefloors.

All in all it’s a pretty disappointing set of remixes of a classic track. Don’t you hate it when that happens?

12 comments about this post

  1. ha ha, perhaps that tune might grow on you and appear in you chart next week!! 🙂

  2. I’m happy I didn’t have to listen to House Music from the 83’s 🙂

  3. Andy – Nah, I don’t think so!

    Max – It was a great electro tune in the 80s, honestly! But the remake doesn’t do it any justice.

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    oh and pants

  5. Are you saying that the tune is pants Utopia or is this just a random rant?!

  6. hehe. I dont like it at all and I have the original 7″. How old am I!
    However I see this silly release on nebular is rated in the top 20 on dmc!

  7. You’re obviously as old as me Utopia! 😉
    Sometimes those charts are somewhat biased so you have to make your own mind up!

  8. having to explain what proper electro used to sound like just makes you feel like an old fart. But this ‘remix’ is like a fart in a lift. Embarassing.

  9. by the way, i’m the bloke in brighton with the little lad and his green trampoline. I gather you’ve also got a bundle on the way. Enjoy. Your wheels of steel are gonna be on the bottom of the buggy from now on mate.

  10. Haha! I’m definitely an old fart mate! I’m from the era of the original electro tunes.
    Yes, we’ve got a bundle of joy on the way so I’ll be sticking some decks on the pram!

  11. Mate I got it sent in the post aswell, its shi!, infact that is an understatment…

    Anyway,

    I got married, and your right is was the best day of my life….ever!!!! Then I went on Honeymoon for 20 days to Mauritius then on to Dubai… Fantastic, back to work now…arrr!

    Also, quality podcast mate

    Speak soon

    Mark Fairhurst

  12. It’s rubbish isn’t it?

    Glad you had a fantastic wedding mate. Speak to you soon.