Contrary to what many misinformed folks might have been murmuring, Earth’s greatest-electro-rap-band-from Pretoria (namely Bittereinder) has been very very busy.
Apart from being wrapped and rapped up in the epic work of creating a 3rd album, they have also churned out a series of smashing remixes of their earlier works, for which the indefatigable Louis Minnaar has also created new videos. Expect brand new HD video versions of gatswaai Bittereinder treffers ‘Slechte Mensen’, ‘Jakkals Trou’ and ‘Solidariteit’ within the next three months of 2014.
First up is the release of SLEGTE MENSE as brand new video and single. Bittereinder changed the name from the original "Slechte Mensen" (on their 2010 debut album 'n Ware Verhaal) to "SLEGTE MENSE" for the 2014 remix, in part to make the distinction between old and new, and with the unintentional but notable parallel of Afrikaans being a new Dutch. The original and the new version feature Dutch powerhouse rapper Tim Beumers in top form, and is the first Afrikaans-Dutch rap colab ever, as far as Bittereinder is aware.
Bittereinder feels that the remix video of the song remix has resulted in stronger versions, both from an audio and visual perspective. Video remixes, much like audio remixes, re-use and re-imagine elements of the original in a totally new form. Viewers and listeners who know the original track and video will hopefully feel equal parts nostalgia for the memory and excitement about the new, which is pretty much how Bittereinder feels about it.
Louis Minnaar remixed the track in 2013 to improve its ‘live performance’ energy.
“We've been playing this ‘live’ version for more than a year, and felt it was time to release it as a track and new single, based on its power. We basically enhanced the strongest parts of the original track and gave the old beast some sharp new teeth.”
View the video for SLEGTE MENSE here!
Download the SLEGTE MENSE single FREE here!