“Okay, so what we have here is the single most infectious groove to land in my lap since this whole Mix Doctor thing began. So much so that a guy walked in and caught me doing the Shake ’n’ Vac dance.”
Yep, we cracked DJ Mag - the October '08 issue (see above). Page 142, in the Mix Doctor section.
We submitted Little Nobody's original 1999 'Mind-Bending Remix' (by me and François Tétaz) of the Little Nobody vs. DJ Fodder track, Cocaine Speaking, hacked together earlier that same year by me and Jeff Willis.
That track was released on a Kiss-FM (Melbourne) compilation through Shock Records in 2000 (http://www.discogs.com/release/254783) under the DJ Fodder moniker, with Little Nobody credited as remixer as well as co-producer.
Then we released it on the Little Nobody album, Action Hero, in 2000 (http://www.discogs.com/release/429995).
Also that year it turned up in Sydney on 12-inch vinyl on the Nine09 label (http://www.discogs.com/release/80608) under the name Little Nobody vs. DJ Fodder. Are you confused yet? I am, and I'm one the people responsible for this fine mess!
Anyway, this obviously begs the question: why submit the track for consideration almost a decade later, in a magazine section devoted to up-and-coming new stuff?
Well, I never was one to resist a spot of mischief, and the fact is that it never really got all that far outside of Australia—although the now-defunct Muzik mag over in the UK bizarrely described it (in 2001) as "A bit like Gordon Brown breaking off from talking about monetary policy to dance the can-can. And we all know how great that is."
Truth to tell, the fact is that we're also in the process of resurrecting this brute of a track—we're collaborating with Sydney's Elektrax and Hypnotic Room imprints to serve up a slew of new remixes, including ones by Dave Tarrida and Mijk van Dijk, shortly.
So, we submitted the original to DJ Mag to see what they had to say 9 years after the track was hobbled together (without telling 'em that)—and they were surprisingly spot-on about the age:
Little Nobody vs. DJ Fodder
‘Cocaine Speaking (Mind-Bending remix)’
Okay, so what we have here is the single most infectious groove to land in my lap since this whole Mix Doctor thing began. So much so that while I was hoovering the studio floor (always the best time to listen to new tunes), a guy in the adjacent studio walked in and caught me doing the Shake ’n’ Vac dance.
Now,putting my shame aside for a second, there is LOTS that needs to be done to the production before you could play it in a club to full effect.
Firstly, the kick just is not nearly phat enough, so that the whole track sounds like it is about ten years old. The bass too, though full of old-school charm, doesn’t have any new-school weight, so I think it needs to be layered a little more.
Also, as the track stands, the loops also sound a little loose and old-school, but put a current kick and bass under them and I think the track will move smoothly from out-dated to retro, so that’s not the end of the world.
Finally,as much as I love the simple arrangement, I think just a tiny bit more needs to happen, whether it’s some chopped up bits of the vocal or a few more of the cool edits, some delays on the master output in places or anything of that nature.At the end of the day, though, I did dance to it, love the groove and in an industry full of well-produced and finely polished turds, it’s great to break through a dirty veneer of basic production and find a golden nugget of an idea gleaming inside.