RETURN TO DISCOGRAPHY
Yitzy Spinner came out with a free single a week or two ago (you may download from his website) and I now got the time to sit down and write about it.
This remix of Mi Sheshiken came as a surprise to me, first because few JM artists venture to produce freebies, and second because Mi Sheshiken, a good song but not Spinner’s greatest hit, was seemingly an odd song for a remix – I thought Spinner would rather choose another of his many unrecorded compositions.
But this song is very, very well put together. It’s a million times better than the original Mi Sheshiken and Spinner turned this average song into a very cool and edgy piece. The arrangement is more groovy (there’s even a latin digression in 3:47), with smooth beats and strings, and Mike Boxer’s vocal arrangements are, again, spotless. The Spinner-Boxer partnership is one of the brightest examples of how two musicians can complement each other. Boxer has the a great “musical balance” – he is able to come up with the best vocals harmonies without taking the spotlight away from the lead singer, Spinner. That’s the secret of a good vocal arranger and Boxer just has it (I specially like his work between 1:18 and 1:35). Spinner also excelled and proved again how great he is at improvising, keeping the song interesting throughout the 4 minutes (his shtick in 3:37 was excellent).
So at the end, choosing Mi Sheshiken for a free single just somehow worked, highlighting Spinner’s biggest assets – creativity and a great team of musicians behind him. As I mentioned in my You and I review I think Spinner is the next Yehuda! and I really look forward to hear his next albums.