DJ Jus-Ed, I’m Comin’

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Jus-Ed’s original version of “I’m Comin'” from his album Next Level was born divisive. Detractors enjoyed the track’s uplifting, classic percussion and summery sounds, but found Ed’s vocals — high in the mix, strung throughout the track and resolutely raw — too much to bear. Robert Owens Ed is not, and I’ll admit the vocals probably prevented “I’m Comin'” from being my favorite cut on the album. But you have to admire the bravery required to hop on the mic and not make any concessions to potential haters. Regardless how many felt about those vocals, it was clear “I’m Comin'” had plenty of potential, something recognized by scene stalwarts Aybee and Levon Vincent when they agreed to remix the tune.

Aybee’s “Wormhole Mix” focuses on the track’s titular vocal, which is swaddled in plenty of reverb and laid over relaxed percussion and aquamarine synth washes. It’s a deep take on the original that smooths out many of the rough edges to create a serene house feeling. Levon Vincent, on the other hand, prominently features Ed’s vocals in a rough, jacking version that lets his words ring out in what sounds like a large, vacant room. Vincents new piano is featured front and center to devastating effect as a killer old school bass line, and when Ed asks, “Can we reach it?” Vincent answers in uncertain terms with memorable melodies that are sure to stand out wherever and whenever it’s played. While the original version may have divided listeners the remixes are all but certain to unite those same fans again.

Si  on October 26, 2010 at 6:18 AM

My favourite Levon Vincent track so far, great stuff for the dancefloor.

krc  on October 27, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Nice rescue!

krc  on October 27, 2010 at 1:12 PM

…by which I mean: I agree, that track had such potential, it is nice to see the remixers bring it out. No disrespect to the sensei, Jus-Ed.

kenny  on October 29, 2010 at 8:05 PM

I really really love what L Vincent has done to this track, especially how he’s made the vocals listenable. It’s fantastic. And just because Ed had the balls to lay those vocals down doesn’t mean he should have. It renders the original laughable.

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