Friday, 30 August 2013

Fugees - Killing Me Softly (DJ SS Remix)

Fugees - Killing Me Softly (DJ SS Remix) (Swing/White, 1996)

While 'Fu-Gee-La' was the first single from Fugees' The Score album, it was second single 'Killing Me Softly' that really sent them stratospheric. The Roberta Flack cover combined Lauryn Hill's vocals with the beat from A Tribe Called Quest's 'Bonita Applebum' and was such a huge hit that in the UK it had to be deleted while still in the Top 20 to make way for 'Ready Or Not'. Inevitably there was also an unofficial drum and bass remix of the track, this one coming from DJ SS who actually samples the 'Sound Barrier Remix' which features Bounty Killer and has alternate lyrics:

"Strumming dubplates with our fingers
Eliminate sounds with our song
Killing a soundboy with this sound
Killing a soundboy with this sound
Taking soundboys' lives with this dub
Killing him softly with this sound"

These vocals come in acapella before the drop along with Bounty Killer's interjections and the "soundboy" and "dubplate" references certainly suit drum and bass more than the original lyrics. The track is in the hardstep style and has a hefty torpedoing bassline with drums that start off with the 'Sing A Simple Song' break (which I swear is taken straight off Origin Unknown's 'Woo Hah!!' remix - listen out for the same hum underneath) before adding the Amen and Tighten Up breaks. Hill's manipulated vocals float like a ghostly presence over the top and are complemented by haunting piano and other effects. The record suffers from being badly pressed though, a common problem with white labels, so it sounds a bit rough in the mix.

The flipside features DJ SS's take on Blackstreet's 'No Diggity', check that one out below:

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