Soul! What Is It Good For? by Casbah 73 published on 2013/07/30 10:03:31 +0000 ...absolutely nothing! (say it again). Just kidding. Sometimes it feels like what the world really doesn't need is another mix tape. Don't get me wrong, they're great fun to make and often very enjoyable to listen to, but sometimes it feels like nothing particularly interesting is being said. The idea of trying something a little different had been at the back of my mind for a while, I thought it would be interesting and fun to take things a little further. I liked the idea of taking some of the techniques used in creating an edit and applying it to a whole mix, in effect, creating an hour-long edit. In my free time. What a geek. An hour long edit. Which is what a good, traditional two-turntables-and-a-mixer job really is, right? But in this case all the tracks have been specifically manipulated for the mix, stretching out the grooves, adding rhodes, fx, samples, loops, whatever...layering grooves, with the tracks referencing each other within the mix and with particular attention paid to the transitions by making each one memorable. The music: lush, deep, sultry, seventies soul, two-step & classics, largely altered, edited and specifically tailored to fit the mood of this particular mix. It's digital - of course it is! That's the whole point, really, to explore what's possible using cut'n paste, slicing & dicing techniques. But you're welcome to come round here and stroke the original vinyl if you find that reassuring. I understand. I hope you enjoy this on a hot beach somewhere, or very late at night, or whichever place you normally listen to these things, ya freaks! Feel free to comment, share and divulge. It's a free download.