Babel: japanese girl
Babel” links up three stories on three continents in a clever way. Mexican director Iñárritu has probably made one of the best movies of 2006. I’m not gonna tell anything more about the plot (but girls: it features Brad Pitt and Gael García Bernal). Just go and see it!

One very pleasant discovery halfway was the excellent Japanese remix of “September” (Earth Wind and Fire). It starts off all sampled and cut up, but I recognized it quite fast (I have a thing for sampling). So who was responsible for this funky rework of an already fabulous original?


I did some Googling when I got home and I found the following reference: “September” – Shinichi Osawa (via cduniverse.com). I found no other reference but Shinichi also appears on a Earth, Wind & Fire Remixes album by Soul Source (aka Ken Yanai). On that album, however, Shinichi remixes “Brazilian Rhyme” and September is remixed by Fantastic Plastic Machine aka Tanaka Tomoyuki. Shinichi is also the DJ behind Mondo Grosso, and I actually own “Vibe PM” on Dimitri From Paris’ Monsieur Dimitri’s De-Luxe House Of Funk, remixed by Masters at Work. All this namedropping just to state that there is a whole Japanese house-scene that I was not aware off. Great discovery times ahead!

UPDATE: apparently it’s a mashup of Fatboy Slim’s “The Joker” (remixed by ATFC) and Earth Wind & Fire “September” (remixed by Fantastic Plastic Machine), and the mashup was created by Shinichi Osawa. All the samples I found online only let you hear the “September” part, so you can’t hear the cut ‘n paste work Shinishi has done.

This is the YouTube clip:
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If you need to be reminded how ridiculous the fashion habits were in the seventies: here’s the original:
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