You may have heard this one in a couple of my mixes; I’ve been spinning it for quite a while now. It’s stayed in my crate through thick and thin while numerous others have been tossed aside. You may have already found it too; it’s been available for free for at least a couple of years over at Soulchampion.com.
The rhythm harkens back to my favorite period of the U.K. garage era. Before dubstep took hold with it’s minimal beats and stark sounds, there was an up-tempo swing in the popular 2-step garage tracks that I loved. Thankfully that bouncy vibe is coming back. You can hear it in recent dubstep tracks like Benga & Coki’s (seemingly soca influenced) Night. Not to mention the 4/4 Bassline stuff which digs back even further, recalling 2-step’s predecessor, speed garage.
Benga & Coki; Night Video
This week’s track is by Unknown Souljah, and as the name suggests, I had no idea who this was when I originally got it. But then I recently ran into G Notorious who runs Soulchampion.com â€” and who I’ve known for years â€” and I asked about Unknown Souljah. “That’s me!” he said, and I was like “Damn, man! I’ve been playing your track at almost every gig and didn’t even know it was yours.” It’s a 2-step garage remix of Kanye West’s Jesus Walks and it’s sick. If you’ve been sleeping get it here:
Unknown Souljah; Jesus Walks (ft. Kanye West)