KG Originals (Remixed)

by KidGusto | TrueGrooves

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TrueGrooves is proud to announce the release of KidGusto's KG Originals, REMIXED.

After the success of last year's KG Originals, KidGusto promised to release an album of remixes. With a year's work put in and five producers added to the roster, Remixed emerged. In many ways, the new album follows the template of KG Originals. Both span the spectrum of dance music, moving from downtempo and reggae to hip-hop and nu-funk. And both fuse a variety of sounds from across the world. But if KG Originals was an example of an artist exploring and reporting on an assortment of cultures and sounds, Remixed is the collective response to those initial notes.

With answers coming from as far as Germany and as close as Gusto's hometown, Washington, D.C., Remixed doesn't so much reinvent KG Originals as it produces a more traveled, wizened album. On “Mini Joop,” Marc Hype & Jim Dunloop add touches of hip-hop and funk to the song, dragging it out of corner and onto the dance floor. DJ DRM’s mix of “Sonic Conducer,” on the other hand, moves away from what we have come to expect from a KidGusto release. By dropping the backbeat down to the kick drum, DRM turns it into a driving—yet funky—four on the floor house track. For “Fed Up,” Rusty B and Kaushik M utilize dub techniques to rearrange the song into a composition wholly slaved to the bassline; both voice and rhythm fall into and out of a bottom in absolute control. Adding a haunting vocal and a beat firmly inside the pocket, Kaushik M's mid-tempo take on "Trip to Alborz" moves the album back to DC. 18th Street to be exact. Finally, Gusto’s original song, “Stop, Drop and Roll,” closes the record. Working with vocalists Mustafa Akbar and Stranjah, Gusto pushes the tempo back up to peak territory, and the two men trade verses over a bassline barely capable of reigning in the drums. One listen and it becomes clear: Gusto’s finally returned home.

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released August 1, 2008

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KidGusto | TrueGrooves Los Angeles, California

As a producer, engineer & DJ, KG's approach to music is simple; he searches out unheard and forgotten sounds and then makes them his own. Originally from DC, KidGusto has spent the last 10 years working within LA's rich music community. In addition to releasing music on his boutique label TrueGrooves, he has been busy working as an engineer and consultant for private media co's in and out of LA. ... more

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