Fresh Nerd – The New Kids on the Block Beat Tape. 100 Akres,2012.
Fresh Nerd is pretty amazing. What he’s been doing (besides producing some really good music) is taking 80s music that has fallen out of fashion, and he’s made it cool.
Case in point: The New Kids on the Block Beat Tape. It does what it says on the tin. Fresh Nerd has taken the works of NKOTB and distilled them down to their beats and some other instruments, and then he has remixed that.
Now, I know you’re saying, “Man, jason, that doesn’t sound interesting AT ALL.” I get it…I grew up when NKOTB were huge, and the radio, MTV, and whatnot played them constantly. I hate the band almost as much as people hate the Biebs these days. But damn, this beat tape is good.
Seriously, he’s managed to turn “The Right Stuff” into a chill wave song, while “faVe,” his reworking of “My Favorite Girl,” almost sounds like something from a science fiction soundtrack. There’s a surprising amount of variety here considering he’s mainly using the beats from one group, and mostly from one era of the group’s music.
Has it made me like New Kids on the Block? Not at all. However, I can appreciate that Fresh Nerd can spin shit into gold. This dude’s a genius.
You can download the New Kids on the Block Beat Tape (AKA The NKOTBeat Tape) for free from the 100 Akres website.