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tokai

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Julian sent me this tune with a view to me adding whatever i liked to it. So, i remixed it adding bass, electric guitar, keys, percussion and drums.
We both agree the bass and drums need some more work. The drums are a bit too heavy i think as too is the bass following it. This has come to a point where we could do with a bit of feedback, if you can help with any ideas let us know.
The original track is called The Body of Theory. J, did all the acoustic parts, vocals and it is his sample.
Brother J has become a good friend over the process of making this tune. He is an amazing talent as you all know, if you do not then please check out his tunes, unadulterated by me.

http://www.macjams.com/artist/hackneybloke

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Uploaded: Nov 12, 2010 - 07:29:25 AM
Last Updated: Feb 04, 2011 - 07:17:25 AM Last Played: Aug 11, 2017 - 07:44:29 AM
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ted23 said 2504 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
I
like my drums heavy so I have no probs with it.
It's great. Will give it a few more listens.
ted23 said 2504 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
Ok
After a few more careful listens I still think theres not to much to be tweaked. It's a very atmospheric piece. I love the guitars. Your electric work is always wicked. I'm really trying to find something to add here that may improve this.... Maybe if it were me i'd look at the each section and play around with some drum fills. That may give it a little exta something in places.
Nice work by you both
lavalamp said 2504 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
Oh boy
Beautiful mix. Dreamy feel. Bass is phenomenal. Digging those trippy vox. I guess that's Julian acoustic...sounds great. Excellent post.

LL
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ktb said 2504 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
theory
oh me thinks Brother J has come to the right bloke for ambient goodness. I'd say the bass sits nicely. Its hot in the mix but to me it adds a zesty punch. Fantastic job on the guitars (both of you). They're both distinctive, separate, yet they gel nicely together in the mix. Which by the way sounds pretty damn good :-)



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Heightened said 2504 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
Yes
Loved it!!!
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Carrie71 said 2504 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
Hot
Diggin the smooth jam. Love what you do Mr. West and of course I am a fan of Julian's voice too. I love this!!
magnatone said 2504 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
Theory
oh man - this is just fabulous! I'm such a fan of julian's work and your additions here steve are WONDERFUL! this gives "cool" whole new meaning! GREAT job - congrats!
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hackneybloke said 2504 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
theory
steve you don't get enough credit and exposure on here. i knew once i had this idea that the ambient groove-master was the perfect candidate to flesh it out and spice it up. what i love most about his tracks is those little haunting prairie-guitar whines he comes up with and that he seems to instinctively knows where to place in the mix.
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alackbass said 2504 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
theory/Hackneybloke
I can't think of a thing I would change. I'm downloading this the moment I get home from work!
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magnatone said 2504 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
Forgot to say
insta-download! and thank you steve!
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Skean said 2504 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
Yum yum, bro
To me this sounds terrific, KUDOS you2, and thanks for the download :D
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MarkHolbrook said 2504 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
Aieee!
I knew this was gonna be simply FANTASTIC! Didn't even need to listen! (just kidding...) Rocks on beautifully! Outstanding! An instant download... (ok I'm running out of cool praise here...)
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tf10music said 2504 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
one of the best
tracks I've heard on macjams. So interesting -- I've really got no constructive criticism. Cheers haha
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Gaylen75 said 2504 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
Theme
I really enjoyed this as it is. Im not the best critic of music I only know what I like. This is what I like. It is different and unpretencious. Great sound.
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Vic Holman said 2504 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
cool tune
nice spacey sound quality with the guitar and vocals. i like how the bass sits in the mix it seems to have the punch that carries the song, maybe a bit more then the drums actually do.

excellent work guys
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SpaceAlien said 2503 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
cool..
Beautiful ensemble
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kingbee said 2503 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
the ory
Cool track and collab from both of you.
Especially like the electric guitars snaking around the mix and the spoken sample in the middle is a good addition.
I'm listening via my 'bass heavy' headphones and the bass does come over a touch to heavy/muddy and doesn't seem to separate itself from the bass drum which sometimes is a good thing but if their was a clearer bass sound it might compliment and give a bit more room to the separate sounds..but that's my only other comment.
Apart from that great stuff from both of you
cheers
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Reggie_Pole said 2503 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
theory ... ummm
Dreamy piece of music. Sounds like an overcast day at the beach. What is the song about? Can't quite make out some of the lyrics. But my hearing hasn't been good lately. Top guitar work and the vocals are suitably ethereal. No crits. Mix sounds good to me. Another unique piece.
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Symphony101 said 2503 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
Awesome
I love the guitars, great arrangement. Nicely done.
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RAVENS said 2503 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
Coolness
I knew this was going to be awesome just by seeing the collaborators. This is trippy, in such a great way. Everything sounds perfect to me!

RAVEN ;-)
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jdholliday said 2503 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
I think this is
perfect other than the bass being a little muddy, Charles, (crissew) can tell you how to fix that very easily!
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RobLeBanc said 2502 days ago (November 14th, 2010)
Brilliant!!
I love this tune! Well done guys, Julian's guitar sound is apparent in this for sure, as usual his accoustic recording is high quality. The ambient sounds are really great, but I do agree that the drums and bass could back off a tad to allow the overall space of this mix to equalize a bit.
Great stuff, I would say this needs very little tweaking from here, in my ears.

Julian, is this a new direction for you? I like this trippy/experimental flipside of your folksy ballad, singer/songwriter talents. It's always fun to hear these colabs, they are always full of surprises!

Thanks for sharing fellas!
I really enjoyed this!
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woofer3 said 2502 days ago (November 14th, 2010)
super
Brilliant track.
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fasteddie said 2502 days ago (November 14th, 2010)
Excellent
I think the drums are just right. I kind of like the bass. The bass carries the song and gives it some nice groove.

This is a nice surprise coming from Julian. It's good to see you stepping outside the box a bit. Nice work!

I really think this is awesome!


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lengold said 2501 days ago (November 15th, 2010)
Well... I knew
you were doing this and had heard a previous snippet.
This sounds totally fantastic in my headphones - I don't think the drums/bass are too heavy at all. i think this is a fantastic mix. The time you must have spent mastering this also paid off big time.
Love the atmospheric guitars (beautifully recorded and played) too.
Julian's talent is never ending at the moment, he just keeps coming up with something surprising almost daily (but don't tell him I said so).
Julian is correct in saying that your talents are under-rated Steve.
Magnificent.
Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len
PS: Sounds great in the monitors too.
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RosaLinda said 2501 days ago (November 15th, 2010)
I dont know more to add than
I really think this sounded wonderful!! Liked the mix on the voice too! NICE:)
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tokai said 2499 days ago (November 17th, 2010)
Thanks
for your help ladies and gents.
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billykirsch said 2498 days ago (November 18th, 2010)
Brothers
This sounds oh so great! I don't have any suggestions. Really. The bass heaviness gives an edge to the track. The groove is smooth and powerful.
Maybe one thing (but I had to work hard to come with this one): Julian's guitar is a little dense in the low mids and also could benefit from some extra air in the high end. But it seems you guys have something more in mind regarding production.
The vox @ 1:20 works great, specially when it comes back around 2:45 combined with the other vox line. Guitar work is top all around.

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smokey bacon jnr said 2497 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
fantastic!
Hey this is great! Sounds fine to me as it is. Don't think the bass is too loud, and the drums sound great to me. One of the best things I've heard on here for a long while.
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2497 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
theory
really really cool feel. the groove is right on it. instant appeal. great interaction. cool vocal effect that fits so well. very cool groove. spacing of sounds is great. this sounds very accomplished. creative guitar playing and use of effects. excellent posting. well done. cheers graham
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egobandit said 2495 days ago (November 21st, 2010)
the body of theory
Love when you are singing our love is strong enough talk about full and beautiful great mix the mastering is setting my headphones on fire great collab Hackeybloke is a talent tops fellas!
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kassia said 2495 days ago (November 21st, 2010)
two masters at work
good grief does it get any better than this? the drums add an edge and energy to the song that is great. would be a completely different experience without them. love the vox and mix of acoustic and electric guitar. a really incredible collab and tune.
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sammydix said 2493 days ago (November 23rd, 2010)
theory
Fantastic atmosphere in this tune. This is the type stuff I buy. Clean and clear.
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Z293 said 2491 days ago (November 25th, 2010)
Steve & Julian
You have created some really great textures in this one. The opening guitars just set the mood perfectly.
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ramonaji said 2490 days ago (November 26th, 2010)
WOW
this is an amazing work! I'm totally blown away....!
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jdholliday said 2482 days ago (December 4th, 2010)
Steve
I think you did a great job with this, I'd leave this the way it is, hey I got to hear what Charles is doing with your song, very cool, he mixed/mastered and played lead on my latest "The Perfect Storm", He's been telling me to check your stuff out too, so I'm gonna try to go through your posts this weekend, take care Jd.
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mike_d said 2481 days ago (December 5th, 2010)
Nice!
I really enjoyed this track. Listened on the iPhone with earbuds and the mix sounds perfect. Nice one guys!
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ste said 2475 days ago (December 11th, 2010)
i
think the mix is perfect. love the acoustic and elec guitar weaving. very nice.
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2468 days ago (December 19th, 2010)
Yeah...
... I think that the mix is perfect as well. Gosh, this is fantastic you two!! I'd love to work on something with you, Tokai. Your electric guitar strums here and there are magical... and, of course, incredible work from Julian! An instant fave :)
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Demeter7 said 2452 days ago (January 3rd, 2011)
I love the
whining electric sounds you added. It rocks. Thanks, guys. Thanks.
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tonestones said 2427 days ago (January 28th, 2011)
Very cool additions.
I liked Julians original. The additions here work extremely well. Excellent.
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AcetyleneJukebox said 2421 days ago (February 3rd, 2011)
Relativity
Interesting groove on this gives a feeling of odd time signature even though it isnt. What you added is very tasteful. Good lonesome highway type stuff.
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Hickling_Stan said 2324 days ago (May 11th, 2011)
Came across by accident
halfway through I hit the download button...I think thats all that needs to be said!!
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