“Rosa Parks” combined with Rusko’s “Everyday” and “International Players Anthem” blended with Dillon Francis’ remix of Sigma’s “Lassitude” come together with an intricate and often times hypnotic grind. As does “Skew It On the Bar-b” vs. Cher Lloyd's “Swagger.” But each one inevitably looses something integral along the way, particularly when it comes to the OutKast part of the equation. Dre and Big are Dre and Big because their songs have always been so inventive and distinctive. They are the central focus of this project for good reason, but giving them the dub step treatment here only bends them to serve a formula, no matter how daring or experimental the mixing and mashing may be throughout.
These seven tracks are thoughtfully reconstructed, show off some impressive skills and are well-suited for a night at the club, but they needlessly muddle up the flare of the original songs and don’t serve any real-world purpose. If anything, a session with The Dub Below demands a revisit to the originals, just to set the brain and the ears back on track.
1. “Black Ice” vs. “Lights” — Ellie Goulding
2. “Rosa Parks” vs. “Everyday” — Rusko
3. “Bombs Over Baghdad” vs. “Cracks” — Freestylers
4. “International Players Anthem” vs. “Lassitude” — Sigma (Dillon Francis remix)
5. “Wheelz Of Steel” vs. “Lassitude” — Sigma (Dillon Francis remix)
6. “Jazzybelle” J Padron (dubstep remix)
7. “Skew It On The Bar-b” vs. “Swagger” — Cher Lloyd (Dillon Francis remix)
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