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DJ Zinc’s unofficial remix of Fugees made streamable via Dubset


DJ Zinc’s unofficial remix of Fugees ‘Ready or Not’ from 1995, is one of the first records cleared for the streaming networks Apple Music & Spotify by the rights clearance startup Dubset Media.

It was announced the other day that Dubset had done a deal with Sony Music Entertainment and they had become the first major record label to allow its music to be monetised through unofficial mixes.  Sony’s master recordings are indexed by Dubset, and rights holders will be compensated even if just a tiny one-second snippet of their song is used in a DJ set or remix.

This is even a bigger deal as the as the first time the track was released on vinyl, Sony had threaten to sue Zinc & DJ Hype for putting the record out and also for a long time DJ Hype (pictured below) was actually attributed with the tracks creation.

The Story goes… Zinc’s Super Sharp Shooter sent waves around the rave scene and indeed the music industry as a whole when it was put out at the end of ’95. Fugees Or Not (Ready Or Not remix) gained a similar response that summer, but rumours began spreading that the person responsible for the tune was being sued. Although slightly reluctant to reveal all, Hype’s powers of persuasion won through and he gave the lowdown a while back.

It goes like this… 500 promos were put out, but a disagreement with someone in the scene led to the track being deleted. By this point, the tune was already massive and everybody wanted a copy. Sony cottoned on to the remix and threatened to sue Hype, who argued that Zinc only intended the tune to go out on dub plate and not on general release. Content with this, Sony decided to put the track out themselves, but only if it had The Fugees’ seal of approval first.

Whilst awaiting The Fugees’ reply, someone bootlegged the tune and it was soon on general release in places like HMV and Our Price. The shady dealer put another mix on the flip and attributed it to Hype. It was apparently terrible and you’d expect, Hype was none too impressed. Sony dropped the whole matter.

“The official story is that The Fugees heard it, liked the track, felt that there wasn’t enough of the vocal on it and subsequently they didn’t go with it. But it’s opened their eyes to jungle, they love it and Goldie’s going to be doing the next mix. That’s what the guy at Sony told me anyway”.

Now thanks to this new technology the track can be put out and Sony/Fugees earn of the track, Check it out here via Apple Music


Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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