I tend to avoid remixes. The usual lack of familiarity with the original makes me feel like I can’t really appreciate either song because I’m hearing them out of order. But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe it doesn’t matter if I hear the remix first and the original second. As a matter of fact, I’m certain it doesn’t matter, at least not always. ProleteR’s EP Feeding The Lions is proof of that.
Feeding The Lions features a variety of songs from the Jazz Age all the way up through soul, funk, and R&B. ProleteR’s primary contribution to these works is loads of energy. So much so, in fact, that I highly recommend standing up for this album. If the reason isn’t immediately obvious, I’ll tell you a story. I was cooking dinner one night when the first track “It Don’t Mean a Thing” came on. I was about to cut vegetables when my legs decided it was time to do the Charleston (or something like it). Okay, not the best story, but I rarely spontaneously dance like that. The track is a cool, crisp homage to the iconic Duke Ellington and his hit “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”. And that’s just the opener on the album.
To be honest, before hearing this album I had little to no knowledge of the Jazz Era or its late, great icons. ProleteR prompted some serious googling and gave me, albeit indirectly, an appreciation for those who came before him. He took on a serious challenge by emulating these men and women, and I think it’s fair to say he did right by them.
ProleteR – “It Don’t Mean A Thing”
Feeding The Lions EP download page at Dusted Wax Kingdom