Ring the bells because Tuff Gong is rising! While Bob Marley–arguably the most symbolic musician of all time–will not be rising from his ashes (we can dream about a hologram), we’re getting the next best thing: his music modernized. Sir Irie will have his iconic 1984 album ‘Legend’ re-interpreted for the with remixes from a host of veteran and modern dance producers.
The decision from Marley’s estate was certainly extremely difficult and will no doubt face criticism from many of his fans (as a money grab–it’s being placed in Hyundai ads). But one must hope the reasoning behind it is also from the heart–because this man’s work deserves another life.
From Pretty Lights to Nickodemus (this will be good) to Thievery Corporation to Beats Antique to…wait…RAC, there are a lot of remixes on this album to look forward to hearing–and maybe a couple that could be a little scary. The dub and tribal themes found at the core of many of these musicians make them sensible choices, while RAC is a beautiful name to see, because you just know he crushed it.
The term “EDM” used in the title is thankfully misleading, as mainstream electronic producers were fortunately spared from this process.
Bob Marley – Legend Remixed Tracklisting:
Is This Love (Jason Bentley Remix)
No Woman No Cry (Stephen Marley Remix)
Could You Be Loved (RAC Remix) (winner winner chicken dinner)
Three Little Birds (Stephen Marley and Jason Bentley Remix) (available now–and I quite like it)
Buffalo Soldier (Stephen Marley Remix)
Get Up Stand Up (Thievery Corporation Remix)
Stir It Up (Ziggy Marley Remix)
Easy Skanking (Stephen Marley Remix)
One Love/People Get Ready (Photek Remix)
I Shot The Sheriff (Roni Size Remix)
Waiting In Vain (Jim James Remix) (This snippet in the trailer sounds outrageous)
Redemption Song (Ziggy Marley Remix)
Satisfy My Soul (Beats Antique Remix)
Exodus (Pretty Lights Remix)
Jamming (Nickodemus & Zeb Remix)
Punky Reggae Party (Z-Trip Remix featuring Lee “Scratch” Perry) (again, this snippet sounds dope)
via Sneak Media (the PR reeks of corporate stench)
You can listen to a bit of Three Little Birds right here while getting insight into how Bob’s son Stephen and LA resident DJ Jason Bentley’s creative process:
Here’s the Full Trailer: