7-Inch Series, Part 768 – Erykah Badu / Pharoahe Monch

Erykah Badu / Pharoahe Monch – Real Thang (Ticklah Remix) / Desire (Ticklah Remix)
label: BSTRD Boots
year: 2012 | | |

side a: Erykah Badu – Real Thang (Ticklah Remix)
side b: Pharoahe Monch – Desire (Ticklah Remix)

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7" Series 768: Erykah Badu / Pharoahe Monch – Real Thang (Ticklah Remix) / Desire (Ticklah Remix)

Ticklah is the reggae alias of Dap-Kings and Antibalas co-founders Victor Axelrod, who did these two remixes “for contests that never quite happened ……….or something like that”. The original “Real Thang” can be found on Badu’s New Amerykah: Part One (4th World War), while Monch’s “Desire” is the title track of his album from 2007.


7-inch Series, part 746 – DJ Catalist

DJ Catalist – Hot Witness
label: BSTRD Boots
year: 2010 |
side a: Hot Witness
side b: Real Soul

7" Series 746: DJ Catalist - Hot Witness

Great little mashup here of Marvin Gaye‘s classic “Can I Get A Witness” and Byron Lee & The Dragonaires‘ cover of James Brown‘s “Hot Pants”, “Make It Reggae”. On the flip, another Marvin track, his duet with Tammi Terrell, “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing” gets tangled up with Lennie Hibbert‘s cover of Johnny Lytle‘s “The Village Caller”, “Village Soul”.

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Alister Johnson did a quite brilliant job, I’d say. The tunes sound really natural, and they work on the dance floor, too! You can stream/download “Hot Witness” from Catalist’s Soundcloud page.
Which is nice.