It’s been really hot over here but finally the weather is cooling down. This change of the physical context for living can be beautifully expressed in music.
By chance I stumbled upon a song from last year’s summer which was one of the summer hits of 2005. Amerie’s One Thing. Really a great funky go-go driven tune with an ear catching urgent vocal [which is makin’ school now – just listen to Beyoncé & Jay-Z recent Déjà Vu] written by Rich Harrison but there was also an alternative version circulating all over the internet that year which sheds a totally different light on the song. The Siik remix from http://siik.org/.
Pure technically it’s more of a mash-up but that’s a form of remix too. It mashed-up together Amerie's acapella floating over ‘Arurian Dance’ by Nujabes from a soundtrack of the Anime series Samurai Champloo. Usually a good mash-up works because they take two, relatively incongruent pieces of music and manages to find a synergy between them; but this remix by Siik sounds as if Amerie was meant to record her song with that musical arrangement. Which is a rare thing. Hearing that remix makes you listen at it as a completely new song.
Siik takes it in an other direction with that sublime guitar melody from Japanese producer Nujabes. They both definitely have that summer vibe. Compared to the weather, the originally version is like the torrid sultry scalpburnin’ weather we had; the remix is like a soft summer’s breeze.
I give you both versions in order to compare and enjoy because the original is also titillating hot, and off course Arurian Dance.