The 10 Best Remixes By Ad-Rock

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The Beastie Boys' Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 comes out Tuesday. But beyond the trio's newest collection of raffish rap japes, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz--the Beastie who isn't going gray and who isn't rumored to be related to Saved By The Bell's Screech Powers--has been steadily carving out a niche for himself as the unthreatening hip-hop figure to approach when an artist wants to swaddle a song in a classic coat of downtown New York chic. His latest effort, an electronically muted tweaking of fellow New Yorkers Rival Schools' "69 Guns," is a fine prompt to delve into ten of his most varied remix jaunts.

Bosco Delrey, "Evil Ones"

There are cases both for and against Diplo as a musical anthropologist, but his latest Mad Decent signing at least avoids the typecast of being a female of cloudy ethnic origin. Instead, Bosco Delrey--nope, it's not a name nabbed from an episode of The Dukes Of Hazard--combines a hillbilly sensibility with a predilection toward the type of dance-floor-friendly beats favored by the post-Stone Roses Ian Brown; Ad-Rock then took the song in a scuzzier direction.

Norah Jones, "That's What I Said"

Not just the owner of Cobble Hill's most notorious windows, Norah Jones has a strong hip-hop subtext to her career--if you take hip-hop lyrics at face value, she once nearly collaborated with hirsute white rapper R.A. The Rugged Man. Here Ad-Rock repositions Jones's soothing vocals over what sounds like a not-entirely-awkward marriage between mid-'90s trip-hop and the deep subtones of drum 'n' bass.

Beck, "Shake Shake Tambourine"

In this collaboration--which was pretty much waiting to happen since the inception of Beck's career--a funky/possibly stoned white boy calls on a similarly cast Caucasian to revamp his melancholy musings. Ad-Rock naturally obliges, upping the atmospherics by adding some dubby echoes.

Lady Sovereign, "A Little Bit Of Shhh!"

Oh, the career of Louise Harman, who spent a couple of years rapping in a cringe-inducing ragga twang before deciding to spread the gospel of grime to the US only to end up being dumped on a reality TV show. As if to heap insult on a pretty calamitous career, Ad-Rock's remix does little more than add the holler, "New York City, what? Let's do this!" to the intro and boosts the beats a bit. The ensuing "Sorry!" ad lib doesn't exactly smack of compassion.

Matisyahu, "Youth"

Ad-Rock's version of the Jewish reggae artist's uplifting call to the kids is one of his more extensive musical re-workings, with the original track's lolling vibe replaced by some late-'80s-style dance beats. The ensuing ditty really needs a guest rap from Betty Boo.


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5 comments
HarryGrines
HarryGrines

That beck remix kills it - natural bedfellows. Beasties and Beck should collabo more/

Daveblev
Daveblev

The remix of From Her Lips To God's Ears by Against Me didn't make the Top 10?

BigCatKillerWhut?!
BigCatKillerWhut?!

fat boy slim remix bodies them all. people talk about the beasties for one thing but their music is always underappreciated. looks like ad rock is the one really pulilng the musical strings.

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