Jason Nevins’ ticket to fame was his remix of Run DMC’s “It’s Like That” which can be compared to JXL’s mix of “A Little less Conversation”, it was an instant smash worldwide. Besides his remix work he also releases his own material which can be categorized as “euro-dance”.
Since it is a download only single we can skip the design part of our review and move on to the music directly. It seems there are a radio mix and a club mix, we reviewed the radiomix.
Jason Nevins takes a harder approach to the single than Paul Oakenfold did. The last one kept closer to the original track.
The bass on this remix is more upfront and he added the sound of guitars with a lot of distortion to the original melody and brass section. Besides the bass and guitars it seems all remixers of Elvis music seem to follow JXL’s idea of adding “carnival” effects and a lot of “bleeps”.
The original song has several “stops” (Stop, Look And Listen) by itself, but with the additional music the song isn’t very pleasant to listen to, it is cut up too much and the music emphasizes that too much. The information on the Apple Music Store mentions a “supercharged rhythm section”, we’d rather call it an “overcharged rhythm section”.
Perhaps this tougher mix will please several “new” fans, but we guess it will be too much for the average Elvis fan, we don’t think they will buy a lot of Metallica anyway. If only he kept closer to his “euro-pop” style, then this remix would probably appeal to a lot more fans.
You can listen to it yourself with the link below.
Rubberneckin’ Jason Nevin’s RemixOctober 07, 2003 | Music
ep3577 wrote on October 08, 2003
This song grows on you! I think this song is by far better than what we got from Paul. I have been a Elvis fan for 30 years. Its great. I would like to own the stereo CD. Is it availible anywhere. Thanks Mike
GEORGE (GK) wrote on October 16, 2003
The Best versions of "Rubberneckin" are.. "the DNA REMIX PROJECT" Availble through a "download card" sold at Walmart stores in America. and the "Groove Mix" heard on various websites. Both these versions, are superior to the "Paul Oakenfold" and "Jason Nevins" Mixes !!! Trust me, on this one !!
EspenK wrote on October 12, 2003
In my opinion this is a more interesting production than the Oakenfold one, however I do believe the Oakenfold one is more suitable for a general, non-clubbing audience. Also, this production has too much of a "homebrew" flavor to it. There are some good ideas in the production, but its overall impression is spoiled by an 80's "gee-we-got-a-sampler-now-lets-use-it" 12' feeling. But then again, thats my opinion about a lot of the breakbeat/bigbeat productions. Anyways, the bassline is a bit too intense, it should have been given more space, especially on a club remix. Neither this or Oakenfolds production can compete with the quality of Junkie XL's work last year.
Jyroflux wrote on October 08, 2003
It took several listens for the song to grow on me. But now I prefer it over the Oakenfold version. I don't consider myself a "new" fan because I'm nearing 50 and I bought my first Elvis record in 1969. But I like electronica and industrial music and I for one am glad Nevins didn't stick as close to the original as Oakenfold.
Bryan wrote on October 15, 2003
I think this remix is superior in comparison to the oakenfold remix this is Elvis at his absolutely best!! his voice upfront as if he never left us!! it's sound's really today!! Elvis has never left the building. I don't think he ever will. he's here to stay always!! Thank you Elvis!! I have the cd which include the two versions of Jason neville's remixes of "Rubbernecking"'in awesome quality!! it's really amazing!!
ELVISREMIXER wrote on December 13, 2003
i put in a comment- where is it ?
ELVISREMIXER wrote on December 13, 2003
Bryan, EspenK, Jyroflux and ep3577..... Thank you so much for your comments, you obviously have great taste in music... Its very hard to top a record that was done by one of the greatest entertainers the world has ever seen and make it better... but being a fan, I found it a huge thrill to be able to work on this project. All of the comments I receive on the remix are exellent, although some of the "older,hardcore" fans find it hard to deal with (sorry about that). What remixes are in essence, is supposed to enhance the original song and also create a new version in-sync with todays times. What I have done really isnt much different from the original, and what Apple calls a “supercharged rhythm section”,in my opinion, is exactly what it is. It is the original song on steroids. I was provided all the original tracks from BMG and while putting the mix together- I found that keeping all the original tracks in the mix, along with my own new elements kept the integrity of the original song. A remix of an Elvis record is not really to entice the "true" fan - it is to bring new listeners and a younger generation into the Elvis phenomenon.