Yasiin Bey’s (formerly Mos Def) underrated album The Ecstatic from 2009 has received the full blown remix treatment by his tour DJ and in-house producer Preservation. Renamed The REcstatic [pronounced ‘Re – Ecstatic’], the remix album is now available as a free full-album download only via Mon Dieu Music – stream the remix for Quiet Dog Bite Hard below.
Having produced three of the tracks from the original album, Preservation explains the process behind re-creating sixteen songs, with their original vocals, that meditate on the original beats and samples of the album, bringing new sounds to a new decade: “It’s the result of countless hours of digging through records to sample, constructing the beat, wrapping it around the vocal, adjusting the tempo, and so on. Quiet Dog Bite Hard was exciting because I was remixing my own track and it drew me into the process, and Workers Comp was the most unique due to its complex time signature.”
The REcstatic will be followed in short order by Preservation’s full-length production debut, Old Numbers, due July 9 on Mon Dieu Music. The album features multiple MCs, including Yasiin Bey, Jean Grae, Edo G, Jemini the Gifted One, Minnesota and more.