If you’re looking for a new jack swing bootleg (or thirteen of them) to add to your playlists, today’s your lucky day. Boston-turned-San Francisco transplant Menage a Moi painstakingly spent much of the past several months bringing early 90s hits by the likes of Bobby Brown, Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill, and Bell Biv Devoe up to date, with little more than a modern analog drum machine/sampler and a lifetime love of the sound often attributed to Teddy Riley.
“I just knew that I loved Keith Sweat”, said Menage a Moi in his lengthy thought process behind the compilation. “I even proposed to my wife on stage at one of his concerts in Oakland, CA.” If that isn’t re-assuring enough that revisiting new jack swing wasn’t just a flavor of the month for this guy, I’m not sure what is!
All of these tracks completely re-work thirteen different hits, and interestingly enough rely very little on unprocessed samples from the original versions. This means new drums, new grooves, and new pads; only some of the original vocals remain. In extreme cases, pitched-down versions of the vocals replace the original ones, giving Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time” and Bobby Brown’s “Don’t Be Cruel” a much more sinister feel.
Menage a Moi will be joining forces with 3 AM Devices label boss Andy Kershaw for a debut live show at Housepitality in San Francisco on September 10th; moving forward they will be play live together as a duo under this guise. Be sure to follow both Menage’s Soundcloud here as well as 3 AM Devices for the best of both worlds.