Song of the Day 6/16/08: Marlena Shaw - California Soul (Diplo Remix)
Diplo's got a little bit of a soft spot for the classics. He flashed the retro flair in 2005, when he remixed Kanye West's "Gold Digger" - coyly shucking off all of Kanye's vocals, instead centering his mix around the Ray Charles sample that was the source of Gold Digger's infectious hook. The final product pulls a crafty bait and switch - it's packaged as a remix of West's 2005 chart-topper, but the track itself is really an homage to the Charles original. Marketing obligation to Kanye West: fulfilled. Suave Ray Charles remix in our ears: check! Diplo, you sly thing, you.
I'm excited to see him turn back to the classics as the basis for his latest remix effort. This time around, he's punched up Marlena Shaw's rendition of "California Soul." Historically, Diplo hasn't mucked around too much with his originals, and this one's no different - Shaw's unbelievable voice is still at the forefront, as is much of the lively rhythm section. Diplo twists and tweaks just enough to renew it for the young folks that compose the vast majority of his following. You hear me, Diplo? You do your best remix work as a revivalist. Keep pulling those decades-old gems back into the spotlight.