Codes’ Bootleg ‘Bumps to Life’ Ushers in New Reality for Remixes

Codes‘ hit ‘Bumps’ has been making waves ever since its release on Psycho Disco! back in November 2016 (not to mention the funky music video). Finding support among some of the most explosively successful artists of this season, the track quickly found a place in sets of artists like Wax Motif and Golf Clap while settling on the top of Beatport charts. Taking advantage of the benefits of the newly formed start-up Dubset, Codes infuses ‘Bumps’ with the legendary Soul II Soul 90’s hit Back to Life

Bootleg mashups are nothing new. I could argue that hearing Girl Talk’s mixtape back in the day was very likely my first exposure to “electronic music” (assuming electronic music is so broadly defined so as to encompass two or more songs playing at the same time in a complimentary fashion). But what Codes’ has here is a bit different. It’s been discussed in a number of articles including TechCrunch and mixmag, Dubset has developed a method of properly distributing royalties on bootlegs and mashups that include samples from artists on Sony Music, and nearly 35,000 other, smaller labels.

Tech Crunch has reported that similar deals are in the works with Warner and Universal. Ultimately, this will likely negatively affect SoundCloud and likely create a home for unofficial works to the likes of Spotify and Apple Music (which is good, because I’m sick of hearing about whether SoundCloud will go bankrupt or not).

The track itself is not only representative of the kinds of works Dubset will help facilitate, but also combines 90’s house nostalgia with the quirky weirdness some of our favorite house tracks today. I can remember “Back to Life” in my childhood, usually popping up in the PE class of my rural Texas schools (I’d wager that it appears on the seminal Jock Jams cassettes). With the help of Dubset, Codes now has the ability to draw from these influences we all know and love and infuse them with his personality, creating a track that is simultaneously intuitively familiar and undeniably modern.

This is just the beginning of the door that has been opened for Codes, and other like-minded producers. They can breathe new life into tracks through platforms that can reach a much broader audience than ever before.

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Alex Blake

Alex Blake

Passionate audiophile, shameless gourmand, and attorney, Alex is part of the NYC team holding it down for OTB on the East Coast.
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