Friday, 7 June 2013

Moby - Feeling So Real (Ray Keith Remix)

Moby - Feeling So Real (Ray Keith Remix) (Mute, 1994)

I couldn't write about the 'Humpty Dump' break without mentioning Ray Keith whose use of it on his remix of Moby's 'Feeling So Real' resulted in it also being known as the 'Yes Yes' break. The original version of the track is a rather cheesy rave tune but fortunately Ray Keith removes almost all trace of it from his mix, retaining a repeated "Yes Yes" vocal which became the remix's unofficial title.

The tune switches between the 'Humpty Dump' and Amen breaks throughout and has a bouncy 808 kick bassline. As well as the "Yes Yes" vocal Ray Keith also timestretches the "Set it up DJ" line from Moby's version while introducing several new vocal elements, starting with some female "Ooohs" in the intro. During the the track's midsection he then uses the "It's something unreal" line from Cuba Gooding Sr's 'Happiness Is Just Around The Bend' over some shimmering synths before sampling the "De De Dee Dee De Dee Dee" vocals from the Ned Doheny's smooth 'To Prove My Love'.

Ray Keith remixed his remix twice for the first release on his own Dread Recordings under the title 'Yes Yes '95'. My favourite overall version of the track is Mix 1 which adds plenty of mentasm alongside a hefty reversed bassline. Check it out below:

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