Kelis – Milkshake
(FreQ Nasty’s Hip-Hall Remix)
[Virgin – 2004]
Taken from the Kelis single – “Milkshake”
12â€? Vinyl / CD / Download
“I am still really proud of this mix. It was before any one had really half-timed beats as weâ€™re so used to now with dubstep, and there was no dubstep around to speak of. On this remix I was more influenced by dancehall than anything else, but I wanted to add the heaviness of electronic production to the mix to a slower heavier groove. So I cut the current dancefloor tempo in half and voila â€“ another FreQ Nasty record that didnâ€™t fit in any oneâ€™s set at the time. Actually I lie. Apparently it got caned in the West London broken beat scene, a scene that was so underground that it never really made it out of Notting Hill Gate, but did produce some great records like Seijiâ€™s ‘Loose Lips’ featuring Lyric L.
The Neptunes-produced original is a landmark tune now and a big departure from the r’n’b and hip-hop of that time. When I got the song parts from the record company (on DAT – Digital Audio Tape… a long dead digital format) and listened to them, even I was surprised at how out of tune that lead synth wasâ€¦ and they had the balls to leave it like that and rely on vibe rather than doing the â€˜rightâ€™ thing and trying to retune it. And this is why the Neptunes were head and shoulders above everyone else for so long. Out-of-the-box thinkers with strong traditional composing skills to hold the experiments together. No one has really filled their place since they have dropped off the mainstream radar.
This was a project I was very happy to be involved with. I beefed up the loudness of the master in the music page here on the site as everything has gotten so much LOUDER since then. Essentially itâ€™s the same remix other than that.”