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The legendary, prolific Madlib remade Ronnie Foster's "Mystic Brew", along with several other Blue Note recordings, for his 2003 "Shades of Blue" album. This version indeed does have more of a "bounce" to it than the original, with its slightly faster tempo, hand claps, background party noise, and prominent, repetitive kick drum pattern.

The bass line from "Mystic Brew" may be recognizable to some as the foundation of A Tribe Called Quest's classic "Electric Relaxation." Madlib's take on the song stays more true to the original. But he emphasizes the percussion, vibraphone, and background conversation to give the song a relaxing, yet lively, party vibe - perfect for forgetting about what's bothering you. 

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About the Curator, Caitlin Moss:

Caitlin Moss - Musicto Curator

Drum set player and percussionist Caitlin Moss was born and raised in Los Angeles.  She has performed at such venues as the Skirball Center and the Ford Amphitheatre and has toured nationally and internationally, including performances in Mexico and Cuba, with Grammy-winning bands La Santa Cecilia and Quetzal.  She performs and records in Los Angeles as a freelance musician and as a member of several original bands. Caitlin is also teaching drum set, percussion, piano, and music production classes at a youth arts center operated by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.