For L.A. producer Books on Tape, his song “Johnny Drunk on the Rocks” used to be a crowd favorite at live shows. But when the track lost its luster, he decided to bolster the remix with punk rock and reggae. “We’ve been listening to a ton of reggae and dub in my house these days — my toddler seems to love it,” the producer says. “The remix started out by applying some dub-style tape delay to the samples from the original.” As a result, “Johnny Drums on the Rocks” is a lively reggaeton mix of hard percussion and edgy synths. Hope the kid approves.
Books on Tape’s latest album, Retired Numbers, is out now on Sorry Juniper. Stream “Johnny Drums on the Rocks” below:
Books on Tape - Johnny Drums on the Rocks