Monday, September 2, 2013

Beyoncé: Special B'Day: Unreleased, Remixes & Rare Cuts (White Label Vinyl EP) (N/A)

More white label vinyl from Beyoncé, this time featuring a selection of remixes from the B'Day era plus an unreleased track Back Up and a new version of Welcome to Hollywood (the exact same version as on the 'deluxe' edition of the album and which evidently wasn't released yet when this 12" was made.) Most of the remixes are unofficial and again, I don't know much about them. I believe that track 1 was remixed by Swizz Beatz, though I am not exactly sure; track 2 is a reggaeton remix and track 4 Irreplaceable Remix features a rap from Ghostface Killah. I don't know as if StarGate's original poppy production really goes very well with Ghost's rap; it would've sounded a lot more convincing with a darker, more urban production over it, but at around 2006 and onwards it seems record producers really got lazy. The Greenlight Remix is a real gem though. The production is pretty much the same but it's more hip hop-sounding than the original. Preview both bellow.

A1 Greenlight Remix feat. Young Buck
A2 Upgrade U (Benja Styles Remix)
A3 Welcome To Hollywood (New Version)
B1 Irreplaceable Remix feat. Ghostface Killah
B2 Ring The Alarm (Manny Faces Remix)
B3 Back Up

Listen: Greenlight Remix feat. Young Buck

Listen: Irrepleaceble Remix feat. Ghostface Killah