As promised, DJ Preservation drops his reworking of Yasiin Bey’s 2009 LP The Ecstatic. Preservation, who serves as Bey’s tour DJ, went back to the original sample sources for the LP and grabbed alternate samples and also mixed in some new pieces from elsewhere to create his interpretation of the project.
He told OKP about The REcstatic:
“The project started as a slow build with a few songs and then it become a challenge to do them all. Because it was a sample-based album, I wanted to keep the remixes sample-based and for them to have the same pitch, key and tone as the originals. The original beats were non-traditional and the amount of singing made it very difficult to remix with this intention of the same energy. It’s the result of countless hours of digging through records to sample, constructing the beat, wrapping it around the vocal, adjusting the tempo, and so on. ‘Quiet Dog Bite Hard’ was exciting because I was remixing my own track and it drew me into the process, and ‘Workers Comp’ was the most unique due to its complex time signature.”
Look out for Preservation’s Old Numbers LP to drop on July 9th with appearances from Yasiin, Jean Grae, Ed O.G. and others.