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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:

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Don’t get it twisted; Donwill is still very much a part of Tanya Morgan, but since last year’s release of his album Don Cusack In High Fidelity, the Cincinnati-born, Brooklyn-based rapper has been taking out time to carve out his solo niche. One of the standout tracks from Don Cusack was “Love Junkie,” the ode to one-night stands, which featured Peter Hadar and Harlems Cash. After hearing the remix, which features Wallpaper and San Francisco’s premier rhythm section, The Park, founding member of the renowned DJ crew The Rub DJ Eleven recruited Donwill to officially release a full Love Junkie EP on his own 11 Inch Records.

“I’ve been a Tanya Morgan fan for a minute, so when I heard the remix Donwill did with Wallpaper, I was sold” says DJ Eleven. In addition to the Wallpaper remix of “Love Junkie,” the EP also includes “Look At Me,” an all new b-side produced by 1-O.A.K of The Honor Roll, and a So Shifty remix of “Love Junkie.”

The “Love Junkie (So Shifty Remix)” is easily the most adventurous remix on the EP, with the Hamburg, Germany-based DJ and production duo providing a House-infused thumping, syncopated drum beat, along with a mix of fluttering and stabbing synth lines to accompany the chopped and often pitched and effects-laden vocals placed throughout the track. Download HERE

Though Tanya Morgan members Von Pea and are currently taking the time to focus on their respective solo projects, this doesn’t stop their frequent collaborations. On this occasion, they are brought together by Focus… for the latest in his series of tracks paying homage to hip-hop greats. This song, specifically, is a tribute to Ali Shaheed, the much-revered A Tribe Called Quest producer and also features a verse from Chaundon of Hall of Justus, who is fresh off the release of his latest album, No Excuses, as well as his performance with the HOJ crew at the Audible Treats 2010 CMJ Showcase.

As for the origins of the track, it makes total sense that it features members of Tanya Morgan, as the group has worked with Ali Shaheed in the past. Becoming a part of the homage was simple and surprisingly quick, as Donwill explains. “Focus… does these homages, like, monthly and Von had put me on to ’em. After the RZA one dropped, I went to Twitter and said, ‘Somebody tell Focus… I want in.’ Within 2 re-Tweets he was following me and we had moved to Gmail.” Von Pea, Donwill, and Chaundon do a commendable job pulling off the A Tribe Called Quest vibe, and their contributions have led to another solid installment in Focus…’s series.

Listen to “Homage To Ali Shaheed” here:
http://media.audibletreats.com/Focus-Homage_To_Ali_Shaheed_Ft_Von_Pea_Donwill_And_Chaundon.mp3