The Pharcyde - Passin' Me By - Hot Chip RMX (Track 18 of 20)
Album - Rmxxology (Sample/Purchase)
Label - Delicious Vinyl
Two major alternative artists collide in this super rad track- one of which is arguably the most unique hip hop act of the 90s, and the other, one of the biggest British acts of the 2000s. Let's begin with the hip hop half of the puzzle- a few guys that need no introduction, The Pharcyde!
The group was originated in South Central Los Angeles, where the group's members grew up, and a budding underground hiphop scene was flourishing. While the group has gone through many ups and downs and various lineups in recent years, the original and four best known members of the group from it's prime are Imani, Slimkid3 (Tre Hardson), Bootie Brown and Fatlip (A partner in crime of our good friend DJ KnewJack). Several marquee LA producers have worked with the group, including J-Swift and then the late great J Dilla. The group's best known for it's classic debut album Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, and hit 90s singles including "Passin' Me By" (the subject of this post), "Runnin'", and "Drop" which got this super cool high concept music video treatment by Spike Jonze:
While Pharcyde created the classic original version of "Passin' Me By," it was caliente British group Hot Chip that did the bang up job on this particular remix that we featured on the FoundTrack Fall '08 Collection. The electropop group has seemingly blown up in the last few years, and has even been Grammy-nominated. They've released three studio albums—Coming on Strong, The Warning, and Made in the Dark- the latter two which were named Album of the Year and Album of the Month respecitvely by Mixmag.
Now that you've heard the "Who" portion of this track's background, it's time to move on to the "Why" and "How." Remixes are often a scary area- especially when it comes to really well known tracks. Leave it to the good folks over at Delicious Vinyl and artists such as Hot Chip to relieve us of this concern! The label produced the super cool Rmxxology compilation which also features the likes of Peaches, Pink Enemy, Fatlip & Aaron LaCrate. I highly recommend picking up a copy for yourself- You can learn more about this collision of Titans new and old at Rmmxology's official site.
In the meantime, in the spirit of the holidays and getting back to your roots, here's the super chill original music video to Pharcyde's "Passin' Me By":