Dogz or Godz w/ LH · New old single
Today we are going to talk about the longest underway production with Liam Howlett – his produced track for Dogz or Godz, which saw the light a couple of weeks ago as the debut single – SCUM. But first things first.
The project first became known back in 2011, when the guys posted some of their tracks on their soundcloud page, among which was a cover of Blackstreet ft. Dr. Dre – No Diggity.
From the description of the track, it was clear that this track was produced with LH – “With additional production from no other than Liam Howlett from The Prodigy on an amazing and gritty cover of the Black Street anthem ‘No Diggity’.”
It is worth mentioning that one of the D.O.G. members is Karl ‘K-Gee’ Gordon, an old friend of Natalie and Howlett, who produced tracks for All Saints and also worked with Howlett on other tracks, for example, in the catalogs there is a reference to a track called Show Me.
After the publication of several tracks in 2011 there was a lull for a couple of years, and only in 2013 the guys announced their debut EP – ‘RETOX’, by posting a preview. The track ‘No Diggity’, by the way, wasn’t there! Maybe the guys had copyright problems with the cover or something else… Our friend asked for release date of the EP and according to K-Gee a proper release was planned for sometime in the fall of 2013. But in the end nothing came out and the project was suspended again, only this time for 5 years.
Only in 2018 the soundcloud page of the project came to life again. Strangely enough, the first new track that appeared there after 5 years, was an updated version of the track ‘No Diggity’, or rather its new rough mix.
Apparently, it was decided to finalize the track and add it to the EP, despite the fact that 2011 version was supposed to be a ‘final mix’, i.e. completed. Nevertheless, after the announcement the band disappeared again for a couple of years.
It was only in 2020 that the long-awaited ‘RETOX’ was re-announced and later released – https://ditto.fm/retox Among other tracks on the release was the cover of ‘No Diggity’ recorded with LH, only in another third version.
Would you be surprised if it wasn’t the last one, too? 🙂 Already by tradition, some time later, the version of this track was again replaced by a newer one, right on the release! This was announced by the band on their page.
By the way, a little later we found a couple of other versions of the track, including an instrumental of the last final version of 2020 and a mix by Liam himself of the very first version of 2011.
As you can notice, the first versions of 2011 had different drums, as well as much less wobble bass, which was heard only in the chorus of the track. Besides the bass near the end of the track you can also hear the trademark Howlett synth, which later dropped out of the track altogether. It should be noted that the main wobble bass in the track is very similar to the one in some The Prodigy tracks from the same period (2011-2012). For example, in the Dogbite beta, Thunder Dub and others.
Looks like Liam enthusiastically worked on the track only in the very beginning, just in 2011-2012, when the first version and mix by Liam was made. And afterwards, the track had already been reworked several times by the D.O.G. In the 2018 version, the wobble bass has already become almost the basis of the track, and the beat has become more electronic, sounding like 808 drums. The early version of 2020, which got to the release first, also sounded similar to the 2018 rough mix. But the final mix of 2020 is quite different from the previous ones, as the drums became sounds more like “live”. This doesn’t mean that the beat was recorded live, just that the sound is closer to the live drums.
The official release was on iTunes for a little less than a year and then was permanently deleted for unknown reasons. We thought for sure that the project had “disappeared into oblivion”, but 3 years later the guys came to life again!
Just few weeks ago the guys released their debut single SCUM. What was our surprise when we found out that the track ‘SCUM’ is the same reworked ‘No Diggity’, only with new vocals! 🙂 To be more precise, the new single was remade from the last version from 2020.
Our first official release will be a song called ‘SCUM’ and we can confirm that man like Liam Howlett added some additional dirt and noise to the track.
In addition to the main track, the single also included an instrumental and a couple of radio versions – https://music.apple.com/ru/album/scum-ep/1667719491?l=en Guys also made a video for the single.
In addition to the single versions, the track also has a rough mix, which was posted on the SC page at the end of last year. This early mix, which is different from the single, is still on the D.O.G.’s page.
Whether the early mix was published again by mistake, or the single version will simply differ from the album version is unknown. But based on the announcement on the band’s instagram page, the guys recorded a few promo CDs with different versions of the track, which they plan to give away in the future. Stay tuned for more news!
UPDATE JUNE 2023
Just the other day the guys posted another version of the track on YouTube – ORIGINAL CYBER PUNK MIX
Also a few weeks ago, a new remix from The Prodigy of the Kasabian’s ‘Rocket Fuel’ was announced. More info of the new release here >>>
Additional thanks to: Igor-X, Axel.
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