Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Boog Brown, The Brown Study Remixes

Posted By on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Mello Music Group has given Boog Brown’s 2010 full-length, Brown Study, the remix treatment, and it turns out that it’s one of those rare instances where a remix is actually a little better than the original. From the first few notes of Nick Tha 1da’s rework of “Shine,” to Illastrate’s take on “Masterplan,” The Brown Study Remixes draws out a spirited sense of defiance and character from the original numbers, while adding breadth and depth to the production. Has-Lo’s remix of “Marinate” runs with the theme of transcendence via an aching mid-tempo boom that scares up new life in these songs which owe as much to the sounds of an old-school Commodore 64 as they do to Boards of Canada-style production. Curiously, Apollo Brown shared artist billing with Boog on the cover of the original album. Here his role is limited only to the remix of “Detroit.” Throughout other touched up standouts including “UPS” (Dunc of DTMD Remix), “My Love” (Georgia Muldrow RMX), and “Friends Like These” (Amdex Remix), Brown’s voice has become more nuanced, and her words are thrown with a sharper-edge while turning to a deeper palette of sound and emotion — something that Brown Study only hinted at in its original guise.

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