Return of the bootlegs…
There were too many good unofficial remixes to just pick six of the best the other week. So, as requested by many of you on Facebook, we’ve delved deep under the counter once again for six more of the best bootlegs in bass music.
Ranging from an out-and-out classic from Zinc to one of San Holo’s breakthrough edits and some of Zeds Dead’s earliest public work, here are six more examples of illicit reversionism…
Zinc – Fugeez Or Not
An absolute jungle classic from Professor Zinc. Still the cause of many a heated debate among junglist as to whether it was Zinc, Hype or Aphrodite behind this 1995 beats… Read the description directly on Zinc’s Soundcloud for confirmation that it was definitely Zinc (with a little help from Hype on the bassline). Free download too!
Adele – Rolling In The Deep (SpectraSoul Bootleg)
Did someone say ‘better than the original’? Four years deep and this still rolls beautifully. Crystaline halftime bliss from the Shogun superduo.
deadmau5 – Avaritia (Dimension Bootleg)
A fine example of why drum & bass bootlegs work so well… deadmau5’s emotion-caked original would sound positively whack pitched up 40BPM to fit it into a mix. Dimension’s craftmanship ensured all 170BPM DJs could enjoy a slice of synth-slapped mau5 madness in their sets.
Dr Dre – The Next Episode (Ft Snoop Dogg) (San Holo Bootleg)
As he explained in our interview a few weeks back, Dutch future bass don made serious breakthrough maneouvres with mischievous unofficial remixes. All delivered as part of the Don’t Touch The Classic series (which also includes the likes of 50 Cent, Eminem, Outkast, Nelly and Will Smith) this one is the best. The vocal processing and inclusion of the Drop It Like It’s Hot beats are the cherry on the cake. This one’s up for free download too…
Baauer – Harlem Shake (Cazzette’s Ultra Bootleg)
One for the trap haters… Swedish filthers Cazzette jumped on Baauer’s chart-smashing, wholly unavoidable twerk-fest just at the right time. Tailor made for their Ultra set, it actually stands the test of time much better than the original. The drop is just disgusting.
Radiohead – Pyramid Song (Zeds Dead Illuminati Remix)
One of Zeds Dead’s earliest public works. As DC explained in an interview last year, Zeds Dead started off making bootlegs. Their still-hugely popular Eyes On Fire remix began as a naughty switch up, and this Radiohead fix-up is another example. Compared to their current work, it’s pretty crude but it’s full of great ideas and toxic bass noises. Plus that piano riff lends itself so well to electronic music. Illuminati and killer bootleg status confirmed.