Fans of clever wordsmithing-in-blend-song-titles should immediately recognize the parts used to create the sum of the “Just Lights Music” blend created by producer and remixer Manny Faces, who previously received some notoriety for his underground remixes of commercial music, including T-Pain and Akon’s “Bartender” and Mary J. Blige’s “Be Without You”.
Full disclosure: Manny Faces is the founder and editor in chief of Birthplace Magazine. He is also the one writing this, in third person. He doesn’t usually like to use the BirthplaceMag.com platform to promote his own creative endeavors, but since muscially, those have been far and few in-between in recent years, as he has dedicated his time, energy, money and passion toward building Birthplace Magazine, The NY Hip Hop Report, and other ancillary projects, he deserved the spotlight for this one.
Disclaimers aside, “Just Lights Music” is nothing more than a blend, coalescing a time-honored instrumental produced by hip hop icon Erick Sermon, and slightly-altered vocals from “Lights,” the smash dance hit by the U.K.’s Ellie Goulding.
“Normally I don’t adjust the tempo of the vocals,” Manny said to himself as he was quoting himself for this piece, “but in this case, I wanted to smooth it out a bit, drawing it back from the club tempo to something more palatable for a hip hop vibe.”
“It is weird,” he added, “to quote yourself. It’s also weird to describe this work as an fantastic take on two fantastic songs, something that I’d like to believe will be replayed many times, and added to many a DJ’s set, but that’s what I would say if I was really being asked, so, yeah.”
“Oh, and I know it’s not a ‘remix,’ hence me crediting it as a blend. I’ve done more original beatcrafting before, but this one just seemed right, so I did it. I know there are a bajillion remixes of this song, but I don’t know many who’ve brought it to this kind of zone. Hope you dig it. I’m going to stop quoting myself now.”
“Just Lights Music” can be heard below, and downloaded by clicking this link here. Both the writer and Manny Faces hope you enjoy it.