Archive for April, 2011

With the Lion Heart EP nearing completion and the full length LP To Whom It May Concern slotted for release later this year, to say the Vallejo, CA representative Moe Green is keeping busy is an understatement. More fittingly, Green is swimming in a sea of ambition trying to keep his head above water. Hence the reason the young emcee felt the urge to remix “Swim Good,” a song from Frank Ocean’s recently released Nostalgia, Ultra album. “Man, the original was so powerful because to me it sounded like he was facing some problems that he wasn’t ready to handle” say’s Green on why he picked the track to remix. “I been through that and am still in that position in life.”

Flipping the track, Moe keeps the original beat and chorus in tact for “Swim Great,” crafting his own similarly-themed and introspective verses, matching Ocean’s turbulent crooning in an ode to endurance for those in need of encouragement. Reflecting on turmoil as he makes progress and faces setbacks in music and life, Moe raps, “To be honest, the man in the mirror scaring me/ Can’t say my parents did a bad job preparing me… Real life struck to hard, I couldn’t even blink/ Felt I had no other choice but to sink in ink/ Describe my life minus the pride, ni**a, this is me.”

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The song that started it all. In March 2010, Donwill released his debut solo album, Don Cusack In High Fidelity, a concept project themed around the cult classic film High Fidelity. Following the release, Donwill created this remix, which ended up in the hands of DJ Eleven, who early last month released an entire Love Junkie EP, featuring a variety of remixes and renditions on the original single. “When I heard the remix Donwill did with Wallpaper, I was sold,” explains Eleven. And now, following last month’s So Shifty Remix of the “Love Junkie” single, Donwill, DJ Eleven, and 11 Inch Records are excited to release this remix for fans.

This track, which debuted this week at number 33 on the CMJ Hip-Hop chart, features The Park and Wallpaper. While the So Shifty remix resonated with the heavy bass and beating drums of dubstep, this new remix once again comes complete with an entirely new feel; a pulsing, four-to-the-floor drum line and an infectious guitar vamp, courtesy of Wallpaper’s production work and the live sounds of The Park, offers the listener a more soulful take. Wallpaper, serving double duty as producer and singer for the track, laces the song with a catchy hook: “I’m addicted to your touch / When you’re near me I lose control / And we ain’t never met / Baby I need you tonight / I’m addicted to the feeling / But somehow end up empty inside / And I can’t find the love…” While these two 11 Inch Records remixes of “Love Junkie” have offered fans with contrasting makeovers and refurbished vibe, the one constant remains Donwill, as he raps, “A well done fling is a beautiful thing.”

Download the “Love Junkie (Wallpaper Remix)” here:

And in case you missed it, grab the “Love Junkie (So Shifty Remix)” here: