GodsConnect is a dab hand at recognizing the best edits floating around the web and spreading the word. Some of the most talented producers in the beat-making scene: Tuamie, Dibia$e, Mndsgn, and others have all featured on their Tumblr, Youtube, Instagram, Vimeo, and Soundcloud pages.
Remixing tracks has always existed, but Godsconnect's distinctive way of pairing its selections with bespoke videos - that feature clips from classic anime, archive footage, old movies, original music videos and more, make for satisfying consumption. The perfect way to showcase just how much talent there is in the scene right now. GodsConnect gives an equal platform to both the most budding, exciting home producers and more established names. Bedroom producers can see their tracks listed right alongside works from Grammy-nominee Knxwledge.
Here are 10 of the best flips that Godsconnect has published on their platform. If you don’t know, now you know.
username reworks Stormzy’s ‘Know Me From’, ridding it of the tempo that made the original so popular - replacing hectic synth bass and drums with a woozy jazz sample that manages to fit perfectly with the Croydon rappers flow. Flips like this are so interesting because they completely displace the new version from its original source, pushing both producers and artists to reimagine and re-understand what instrumental sounds work with their music.
j.robb takes Lauryn Hill’s classic ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’ and recontextualizes the entire track with a new chord progression and bassline driving the melody along. Loose, laid-back instrumentation fits well with Hill’s understated delivery. j.robb works closely with producers Monte Booker and Soulection, who are slowly but surely redefining hip hop’s sound and pushing boundaries.
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GXNZX ‘five.onit w/Olarte’
Luniz’s classic ‘I Got 5 On It’ is met with offset synth chords and bass, and rhythmic electric guitars on this flip. The instrumental comes in slightly earlier than the original, making for an entirely fresh vocal performance that fits within a different pocket. The change makes for a great remix to a US classic.
Mndsgn ‘Panduh (1 FOR BUBBA’)
Mndsgn switches the hectic energy of desiigner’s ‘Panda’ for a funkier offering the first half of the track, before a beat switch comes in and pulls the rug out from underneath you, turning the track on its head with a spiralling piano sample making every plosive in Desiigner stick out just that bit more.
Tuamie ‘Generation Y’
Beatmaking veteran Tuamie reinterprets Tupac’s ‘Holla If You Hear Me’ with Dilla-esque drums and a piano and vocal sample in the producer’s signature style. This flip feels like a representation of the sound of the underground beat-making scene, which holds sampling at its core.
Javier Santiago 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine (reemyks)'
Taking Marvin Gaye’s Motown classic ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ and incorporating glittery synth lines and rattling drums, Javier Santiago provides a modern twist, while Gaye’s soulful vocals match the new instrumentation perfectly.
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ahwlee ‘boxt up’
[ bsd.u ] ‘kool aid jammer’
A syncopated drum groove is the centerpiece of this flip, which leans heavily on the shifty groove it builds before the gritty vocals come through, making the bounce of the production even more prominent.
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