Jackson 5 (Z-Trip remix) >I Want You Back
As susceptible as I am to the recycling of my youth (Alan and I did
, after all), it seems completely out of hand, especially in the music biz. That being said, I love this track
My friend Michael is someone I've mentioned here a few times. We met in high school on one of our first recording sessions (in his basement); Mike played guitar, me piano. I don't think I've mentioned he's been one of my inspirations ever since. Smart, stylish, talented. And his sense of music and musicians has always been one of my beacons, especially about guitars. He illuminated the fact that Eric Clapton
was an original, not just a star. And that Steve Cropper's
sound was the thing, not only the notes.
So when I heard the guitars at the beginning of Z-Trip
's deconstruction of I Want You Back
, I thought of Mike immediately. People finally seem to be over thinking these early Jackson 5 tracks are bubblegum or formula Motown
, but the sophisticated production kind of drowns out just how funky the original
was. What this mix
has done is taken a track that is completely played out (at least to me, since it's been one of my faves for 35 years) and just perked it right up. And unlike too many of these attempts to revive baby boomer jazz and soul which completely destroy the rhythm of the originals, Z-Trip's
kept the beat's integrity, and, in it's own way, this new version
rocks just as hard.
I want to shout-out my friend Dario too, a DJ-turned-media-executive, who's continuing interest in dance music prompted me to actually post this thing
, which I've been trying to do for two months.Jackson 5 (Z-Trip remix) >I Want You Back