I’m not ashamed to say that Mark Morrison‘s Return of the Mack was one of my favorite jams of the 90s, and I bet it was one of yours too! I even owned it on cassette tape, so imagine my excitement when I heard this epic rework Viceroy dropped this week.
He’s totally switched this up, taking out all those 90s beat and sliding in layer upon layer of sexy synths, while keeping that classic vocal front and center. I can’t find a single flaw with this, and I think you’ll be hard pressed to also. Do correct me if I’m wrong in that nifty little comment box below!
Here it is! Our exclusive remix of Madonna‘s Like a Prayer, just in time for her birthday! Who better to work his magic on everyone’s favorite Vatican condemned classic from 1989 than San Francisco based music maven Viceroy….
Viceroy has quickly become one of our favorite upcoming producers after catching our ears with original track Sunny Daze. He’s caused a buzz with funky disco remixes of Duck Sauce, Katy Perry, Breakbot and Together while proving his original production power on Sunny Daze, Green Light and Like It. We just had to get him to remix something for our exclusive remix series (check out our previous Zowie and My Gold Mask features!)
Ah, Memories. The Like a Prayer album came packaged with patchouli oil and gorgeous photos of a newly brunette haired Madonna. The controversy causing hit was featured in a worldwide Pepsi advertisement, but later pulled due to strong Catholic imagery (back when that actually caused a commotion) of burning crosses, guilt laden sins and church condemnation. The video also directed attention to racial and women’s rights.
Although often overshadowed by the video, the song is simply one of the best pop songs ever created, and one of Madonna’s finest. Prince‘s glorious guitar intro, followed by the door slam, is just spine tingling! Madonna take us to church with a euphoric hymn that works its way deep into your soul every time you hear it.
Without further ado, grab the mp3 below, dance it off and celebrate the 53rd birthday of our beloved icon – Madonna.
Tell us a bit about your setup, what hardware/software do you use to create your remixes + original tracks?
I produce with Ableton and some VSTS along with some midi keyboards and other controllers. I really want to get my hands on some vintage synths. Ableton is so user-friendly and I don’t see myself using anything else anytime soon.
How would you describe your style and where do you draw inspiration from?
I guess if you had to label me (even though I hate the whole genre thing) I would say I produce French house. It’s funny because sub genres are supposed to be so specific, but in reality my production style is changing. I went from a more sample based style to I guess you could say breakout or treasure fingers style? I like to mix it up you know? My single coming out “No Ending” is a blissful sample banger.
Tell us about your fantastic remix of Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’
I love “Like A Prayer”. That’s exactly why I remixed it. I did not realize it was Madonna’s bday around the corner so I couldn’t have picked a better time. My goal was to make the track funkier and just have an overall punch that was missing from the original.
What are your goals/plans for the future in music?
I am trying to build my brand and find my sound. I think I’m on the right track. I have some great shows coming up (check them out of my Facebook page). Im collaborating with singers right now. It’s going to be a good year! My single “No Ending” is coming out soon!
Who would you work with (production wise) if you had your pick and why?
Definitely Treasure Fingers. He has been super helpful and given me tons of feedback since I started back in February. It’s guys like him who make this industry awesome.
What are your favorite Like a Prayer moments? Could it be the circle twirling/deep voiced Blond Ambition performance? How about the acoustified ‘no sitting down song’ from Re Invention, the impassioned Live 8 performance or the bone shattering/conveyor belt struttin’ Sticky & Sweet extravaganza? View them all below and leave us your comments. Happy Birthday Madonna!
San Francisco based electronic producer Viceroy has tricked out this one, with his own signature funky French house flair. Best served with a mojito in hand. See if you can spot the Madonna sample, which you can be sure we noticed instantly! We’ve got another Viceroy gem coming in a new post, you’re sure to love it!