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Gayngs – Affiliyated March 4, 2011

Posted by gwyoung in Album Reviews, Music.
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Artist: Gayngs/Doomtree

Album: Affiliyated

Release: Self-released, 2011

Genre: Electronica, Hip-Hop

RIYD: Gayngs’ Relayted, dubstep remixes, rapping over indie music, “No Scrubs”

Followers of this blog already know about my soft spot for the soft rock of Gayngs’ debut, Relayted (one of my favorites from last year.) But a lot of you probably don’t know about this remix EP which was just released as a free download this morning. And you should. Here’s a detailed explanation of the project that I swiped from Stereogum, who swiped it from an official posting:

To create the GAYNGS’ Regrind EP all of the stems from the bands debut album, Relayted, were arbitrarily named and compiled into a list … [A] collection of producers and musicians … were then instructed to choose only 10, without knowing what songs they came from or what instruments they contained. One could choose anything from four sax solos and six bass lines, to eight keyboards and two background vocals. The combinations that could be chosen were indefinite…the only certainty was that the parts would all be set to the tempo of 69 beats per minute.

From there, the re-grinders were free to chop, pitch-shift, and otherwise pulverize the stems into a new, cohesive song. The only rule was that they must use all 10 stems they were given, and that the tempo must remain at GAYNGS’ standard 69 bpm.

So, as you would expect from a description like that, the 7 tracks on Affiliyated make for an extremely cohesive 27-minute mix of reworkings culled from all of the best moments of Relayted, including the female vocals from the beginning of “Faded High”, Justin Vernon’s verse from “Spanish Platinum”, the ghostly and ethereal background coos from “False Bottom”, and all of the smooth and jazzy synths and saxes found on almost every track. But in addition to this stellar Gayngs backdrop, the “regrind” masterminds also overlayed samples from the R&B hit “No Scrubs”, verses and rhymes from the likes of SIMS, Mike Mictlan, and Chocolate Ox, and dirty dubstep beats that all make for a much more energetic and danceable album than the sounds from Relayted could ever be on their own.




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