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Eligh & Amp Live - Devil’s Medicine

I’m a really big fan of Eligh and Amp Live, but I was somewhat disappointed by their 2011 collab album Therapy At 3. I’m not saying it’s a bad album, since it’s actually really enjoyable, but I have higher expectations for both these artists. Devil’s Medicine is my favorite song off the album. In it Eligh exquisitely depicts his nicotine addiction with his aggressively sharp flow. This is one of his more unique pieces, given Amp Live’s stripped down beat and the fairly abstract nature of the song. He’s low-key one of the best MC’s on the west coast. Amp Live’s talents also are fairly overlooked. He’s honestly one of the greatest remixers I’ve ever known, with classics such as The Submarines - 1940 (Amp Live Remix) and WHY? - Black Purse (Amp Live Remix).

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My Song Rating: 9.1 out of 10

The Submarines - 1940 (Amp Live Remix)

I absolutely love The Submarines. They’re one of my all time favorite indie bands. The original version of 1940 was already pretty damn epic, but Amp Live (the DJ behind Zion I) managed to remix it into a masterpiece. Every aspect about it is incredible.  Blake Hazard’s sexy voice and profound lyrics laid over one of Amp Live’s best instrumental productions he’s ever constructed…a true piece of audio art and a classic in my book.  I’ve been banging this in my car a lot lately.  Having a powerful bass system really helps this song reach it’s full potential of awesome, as you can imagine.

Amp Live has carried out multiple remixing solo projects, and all of them are top notch.  My second favorite song to stem from these solo projects is his absolutely beautiful song Video Tapez (ft. Del the Funky Homosapien). Definitely worth checking out if your a fan of Radiohead.

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My Song Rating: 10 out of 10