As Fred Durst says, the title tells it all: New Old Songs. The Neptunes do it all for the nookie, Timbaland tries a mission impossible and P. Diddy shows his way on Limp Bizkit’s upcoming remix album, due in December.
Also among the hitmakers who are contributing versions of Bizkit’s songs are DJ Premier and William Orbit – in addition to Limp’s own DJ Lethal, guitarist Wes Borland and Durst.
“The remixes are like brand new songs,” Durst said Thursday. “We’re writing our new record, so this is something you can put in your stereos and bump to.”
E-40 and Eightball roll in on Timbaland’s version of “Take a Look Around,” the theme song to “Mission: Impossible 2.” Limp Bizkit are eyeing Bubba Sparxxx and Eve to make guest spots on other tracks.
The album may feature multiple remixes of some songs. Lethal and P. Diddy have done different versions of “My Way,” while Lethal, Borland and Madonna producer William Orbit each tackled “Break Stuff.”
“The most drastic is Wes’ remix of ‘Break Stuff,’ ” Lethal said Wednesday. “It’s kind of like Squarepusher, Aphex Twin – just loud and really crazy. Mine’s more just club.”
The same remixer also may turn up more than once. Production duo Neptunes remade “N 2 Gether Now,” the Significant Other hit featuring Method Man, in addition to tackling the sex ode “Nookie.” “The ‘Nookie’ remix is ridiculous – super bangin,” Lethal said.
Though he declined to name the culprits, Lethal admitted that not all of the remixes have been keepers.
“We’ve gotten a couple that are just awful,” he said. “Sometimes when the rap guys try to get into the rock stuff, they just don’t get it. It gets kind of cheesy and they overdo it and get too grimy and start screaming on tracks. Since it’s rock, most of the songs are not to a certain tempo, so when you remix you have to align the vocals maybe sometimes word by word, sometimes sentence by sentence. You have to break it up so it fits. And some of them, it sounds like they didn’t even listen to the songs because the vocals are in a different place.”
Also in time for Christmas, Limp Bizkit plan to release a DVD featuring home movie footage and music videos.