SKinniez Remixes Songs by PRO, Kanye West, Anderson .Paak and Others in New EP ‘Remixes & Edits Vol. 3’

Stream South African producer SKinniez's new release 'Remixes & Edits Vol. 3' containing remixes to songs by PRO, Kanye West, Aminé', Anderson .Paak and more.

One of the most prolific producers in South Africa's rich alternative electronic music scene SKinniez aka DJ SKinniez hits the ground running as he kicks the year off with the release of a new project Remixes & Edits Vol. 3. The project was originally meant to be released towards the end of 2020.

The third installment of his ongoing series of projects Remixes & Edits features a longer lineup of guest producers in comparison to the second volume which featured just three while the first volume was just Skinniez on his own.

Vol. 3 features remixes and edits by the likes of Duncan Gerow, DJ Shades, e.c.l.i.p.s.3, el. and Sej_. The latter notably delivers a soulful version of late South African rapper PRO's head-banging street anthem "Woz'uzobona" called "SAMENDABANDABA".

Other remixes are of songs such as Kanye West's "Drive Slow", Frank Ocean's "Drive Slow", Aminé's "Riri", M.O.P's "Ante Up" and "Am I Wrong" by Anderson .Paak among several others.

If you are new to the Remixes & Edits series, Vol. 3 will surely hook you and have you exploring previous iterations and stay on the lookout for future ones.

SKinniez is one of the most productive producers in South Africa. His Bandcamp page tells the whole story—it contains releases of his dating back to 2017, and he releases at multiple projects and singles every year.

Stream Remixes & Edits Vol. 3 by SKinniez on Bandcamp.

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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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