Listen To 3 Rare Remixes Off The Reissue Of D’Angelo’s Debut Album, ‘Brown Sugar’

first_img“Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine” (Two Way Street Mix) Neo-soul visionary D’Angelo is giving his 1995 debut, Brown Sugar, some extra love and affection in the form of a deluxe reissue, which is set to be released on August 25th via Virgin/UMe. Upon its initial release, Brown Sugar was only a modest commercial success, peaking at Number 22 on the Billboard 200 and spawning four singles: the title track, “Cruisin’,” “Lady” and “Me and Those Dreamin’ Eyes of Mine.” However, the album has attained vaulted status in the years that followed, becoming a sort of high water mark for the R&B renaissance in the mid- to late-90’s. His new work has been few and far between since then, as he has released just two more albums: Voodoo (2000) and Black Messiah (2014).With the relatively scant release of new studio material from D’Angelo over the past two decades, it’s safe to say that many are stoked to check out the upcoming rerelease of his debut album. The reissue, prepped in 2-CD and digital formats, features 21 rare tracks, including previously issued remixes, instrumentals, and a cappella versions. To celebrate the upcoming album, D’Angelo released three rare remixes from the deluxe edition of the original release. The “Brown Sugar” (Incognito Molasses Remix), “Cruisin’” (Who’s Fooling Who Mix), and “Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine” (Two Way Street Mix) were all sold as 12-inch singles after the original release of Brown Sugar, and have now been remastered for our listening pleasure. You can listen to these three rare remixes of tracks off Brown Sugar below.“Cruisin’” (Who’s Fooling Who Mix)“Brown Sugar” (Incognito Molasses Remix) The deluxe edition of Brown Sugar comes in a digipak with a 20-page booklet boasting rare photographs, lyrics and author-filmmaker Nelson George‘s essay about the album’s innovative, influential hybrid of gospel, soul, funk and hip-hop despite the fact that it was, incredibly, D’Angelo’s first-ever album. As the LP’s co-producer Bob Power claims in the liner notes, “[He] was one of those artists that came not just fully formed, but truly genre-bending; genre-creating is really more like it.”You can see a full list of the Brown Sugar deluxe reissue’s contents below. For more information, head to D’Angelo’s website.D’Angelo:  Brown Sugar (Deluxe Edition) Contents:CD 1 (Remastered album with bonus tracks)1. “Brown Sugar”2. “Alright”3. “Jonz In My Bonz”4. “Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine”5. “Sh*t, Damn, Motherf*cker”6. “Smooth”7. “Cruisin’”8. “When We Get By”9. “Lady”10. “Higher”Bonus Tracks11. “Brown Sugar”12. “Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine” A Cappella (released on promotional 12” single)13. “Brown Sugar” Instrumental (released on 12” single)14. “Lady” Just Tha Beat Mix Instrumental w/Chorus (Mixed by DJ Premier; released on CD Maxi-Single)15. “Brown Sugar” Alternate Version (released on 12” single)CD 2 (More Sugar)1. “Brown Sugar” King Tech Remix feat. Kool G. Rap (released on 12” promotional single)2. “Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine Def Squad Remix feat. Redman (Remixed by Erick Sermon for Funk Lord Productions; released on 12” single)3. “Cruisin’” Cut The Sax Remix (Remix by King Tech; Released on 12” single)4. “Lady” Just Tha Beat Mix/featuring AZ (Remixed by DJ Premier for Works of Mart Productions, Inc.; released on CD Maxi-Single)5. “Brown Sugar” Soul Inside 808 Mix (Mix by DJ Dodge; released on U.K. 12” single)6. “Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine” Two Way Street Mix (Remixed by DJ Premier for Works of Mart Productions, Inc.; released on promotional 12” single)7. “Cruisin’” Dallas Austin Remix (released on 12” single)8. “Lady” 2B3 Shake Dat Ass Mix (Remix produced by Neville Thomas and Pule Pheto for 2B3 Productions; released on U.K. CD Maxi-Single)9. “Brown Sugar” Incognito Molasses Remix (released on “She’s Always In My Hair” promotional 12” single)10. “Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine” Dreamy Remix (Remixed by Erick Sermon for Funk Lord Productions; released on promotional 12” single)11. “Cruisin’” Wet Remix (released on CD single)12. “Brown Sugar” Dollar Bag Mix (released on U.K. 12” single)13. “Cruisin’” God Made Me Funky Remix (released on promotional 12” single)14. “Brown Sugar” CJ Mackintosh Remix (Additional production and Remix by CJ Mackintosh; released on the various artists CD collection Nu Classic Soul)15. “Lady” CJ Mackintosh Mix Radio Edit (Additional production and Remix by CJ Mackintosh; released on U.K. CD Maxi-Single)16. “Cruisin” Who’s Fooling Who Mix (released on promotional 12” single)[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

McCue: Badgers will to win trumps shooting woes

first_imgThree short weeks ago, it looked like this would finally be the year Bo Ryan could not pull off another miracle and have his team vie for a Big Ten title.But Wisconsin’s well-documented turnaround not only has the Badgers back in the rankings at No. 19/20, but also just a half-game out of first in an ever-competitive Big Ten title race. Winners of six in a row and relishing their seat at the No. 2 standing in what is widely considered the nation’s top league this season, this year’s turnaround is probably Ryan’s finest showing yet in his 11th season as head coach.While UW appeared to have the pieces for a surprisingly strong squad early in the year, finding itself inside the top 10 shortly after Thanksgiving, the rough start to conference play seems to have served as a kind of wake-up call. The Badgers have looked like an entirely new team as of late, and though it’s hard to see a deep March Madness run in this year’s roster, they have a legitimate shot at taking home the NCAA’s most competitive conference crown.That’s quite an impressive spot to be in considering that Wisconsin lost to Iowa at home a month ago to start the unforgiving streak. Again, that’s Iowa, in basketball, at the Kohl Center (and no, I still haven’t gotten over that).After battling it out with perennial bottom-dweller Penn State Tuesday night, Wisconsin moved to 7-3 in conference play with a chance to take down Big Ten favorite and conference-leader Ohio State at home Saturday. In what should be a raucous home environment – something the Kohl Center has often lacked this year – there’s a solid chance Jordan Taylor will finally explode and take down the No. 3 team in the country.Sure, on paper Jared Berggren is no match for the double-double machine known as Jared Sullinger. But he proved to be a solid defender against Indiana’s freshman sensation Cody Zeller and may be able to control the tremendously athletic Buckeye forward.Then again, Wisconsin could just as easily struggle with its outside shooting and find itself in a deep hole against an Ohio State squad that recently manhandled Michigan, the same team that routed the Badgers by 18 in the midst of the aforementioned losing streak.Critics will note that none of the six straight victories came against any of the Big Ten’s top trio (Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan), but it has been an impressive run regardless. It’s fair to toss aside victories over Nebraska and Penn State as games Wisconsin should have won, but defeating Purdue and Illinois on their respective home floors is no modest achievement.The loss to Wisconsin remains the only defeat at Assembly Hall this season for Illinois, and Purdue has dropped only one other game – by two points to Michigan – in West Lafayette. These numbers all point to quality victories over two teams that will likely find themselves in the NCAA tournament come March.Additionally, the Badgers haven’t won six games in a row since the 2007-08 season, the last time they arrived back in Madison with both the Big Ten regular season and conference tournament trophies. Not that I’m making any predictions – or am I?Yet a higher spot in the Big Ten standings and happier fans aren’t the only positives to emerge from the rejuvenating streak.Of equal importance is the confidence Ryan’s squad has gained by proving that even without the likes of Jon Leuer and Keaton Nankivil, it can still contend alongside the strongest Big Ten lineup in recent memory.For a team that relies so heavily on outside shooting, a natural product of UW’s swing offense, confidence in mid-range jumpers and shots from long range will be key to keep up the winning style of late. Taylor, a preseason All-American, has failed to find a true rhythm all year and is currently hitting 39.1 percent of his shots from the floor and just 31.7 percent from beyond the arc.But that hasn’t stopped him from firing off more shots, exactly the attitude this team must carry through the final stretch of conference play and into the all-important tournament.The most interesting and promising part of this streak is that the shooting has been by no measure stellar. Shooting woes – which dismantled the Badgers during their disappointing start to Big Ten play – seem less noticeable, as the Badgers are currently hitting 41.4 percent of their shots during the triumphant streak. That number is nothing to scoff at, but it’s also noticeably lower than their .431 percentage on the year, a number that reflects those terrible shooting performances in late December and early January.If UW is less accurate from the floor during this latest stretch and still racking up their biggest wins of the season, it’s clear that weak shooting doesn’t always correlate to defeat for this team.Never was this clearer than in the ugly win over the Nittany Lions, when they managed just 17 points in the first half and limped to a 35.4 shooting percentage from the floor and 26.3 percent from 3-point range. However, UW found a way to leave State College with a victory, and it’s precisely that ability to come out on top when things aren’t running smoothly that could power them to the most unexpected of conference titles.Let’s say Taylor regains last year’s form, and hits just a few more of those three-pointers with a defender right on top of him, and the ever-promising Mike Bruesewitz finds some consistency – suddenly the Badgers look like Big Ten champs. Taylor’s 18-point performance against Penn State, during which he showed flashes of last year’s brilliance, may have been the spark needed to get his team playing at its prime.The Big Ten is, after all, a defense-first league – the combined scores of Illinois-Michigan State and Wisconsin-Penn State Tuesday night could be matched in a single ACC game – so don’t doubt the Badgers’ chances because of their sometimes anemic offense.In a year in which the conference standings are cluttered and no squad has yet to pull away, it’s not always the most talented or even best team that finishes first. And this year, that team might just be Wisconsin.Ian is a junior majoring in journalism. Do you think the Badgers have what it takes to bring home a Big Ten Title? Let him know at [email protected]last_img read more

Angels hoping to get Mike Trout, Tyler Skaggs both back for this weekend vs. A’s

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros The Angels still don’t have a starter for Sunday’s game, which would have been Nick Tropeano’s turn. Tropeano was placed on the disabled list with bursitis in his shoulder.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Andrew Heaney could start that game on normal rest, but Scioscia wasn’t ready to pencil him in for that start yet.“We are still working through some things now,” Scioscia said before Wednesday’s game. “We’ll take a look at things after today and we’ll see exactly which way we’re going to go.”Heaney said after Wednesday’s game that he feels fine, and he’s ready to take the ball whenever the Angels give it to him.It is possible that the Angels simply want to give him an extra day. This is his first full season since returning from Tommy John surgery. He gave up five runs in five innings on Tuesday night. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone OHTANI UPDATEShohei Ohtani’s bullpen session on Saturday – his first time throwing off a mound since he was hurt – will be with the catcher standing up. It’s a common practice in Japan, and occasional here, for pitchers to have a workout like that as an initial step before throwing a normal bullpen session.Ohtani was not in the lineup on Wednesday, with the Angels facing a left-handed pitcher and Scioscia wanting to give Albert Pujols a day at DH and Jefry Marte a chance to hit.At some point as Ohtani progresses in his rehab as a pitcher, it will infringe on his hitting, as it did when he was in the rotation. Scioscia said they would wait for “direction from the medical staff” to determine at what point his throwing program will require “recovery days” on which he can’t hit.ALSOJo Adell, the Angels’ top prospect, jammed his right thumb after playing just two games at Double-A last week, General Manager Billy Eppler said. Adell has been out about a week, but he’s almost ready to return, Eppler said. Apparently, Adell had a custom thumb guard he wore while hitting, but he forgot to pack it when he was promoted to Double-A. …Albert Pujols now has 999 hits with the Angels. He is about to become one of nine players to have 1,000 hits in each league. …On Friday night the Angels will hold a pregame ceremony honoring recent Hall of Fame inductee Vladimir Guerrero. The game will start at 7:27 p.m. to accommodate the ceremony.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Felix Peña, 1-3, 4.97) vs. A’s (LHP Brett Anderson, 2-3, 4.74), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros ANAHEIM — The Angels are hoping that both their best pitcher and best player can return for this weekend’s series against the Oakland A’s.Tyler Skaggs, who is on the disabled list with a left groin issue, threw a bullpen session before Wednesday’s game and afterward said he’s ready to go on Saturday.Mike Trout, who has been out with a jammed right wrist, did not swing a bat on Wednesday, but he reported improvement, Manager Mike Scioscia said.Trout will come in during the team’s off day on Thursday and throw, and possibly hit, Scioscia said. He’ll take batting practice on Friday, after which he could return to the lineup for the first time since Aug. 1, when he was hurt bracing himself on a feet-first slide into third. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more