“Anything’s Possible / Daisuke Tanabe Remix” is a double-single featuring US rapper Voice Monet and a remix from Japanese musician Daisuke Tanabe who places his stamp on a classic zero dB track.
Originally released on 2006’s ‘Bongos, Bleeps & Basslines’ via Ninja Tune and zero dB’s own imprint Fluid Ounce, the seminal album has now been re-released by Tru Thoughts. “Anything’s Possible feat. Voice” shows the versatility of zero dB’s debut – not only as a record that will go down in proto-jazz history – but also an album featuring three strong hip-hop tracks, of which “Anything’s Possible feat. Voice” sits at the top.
Daisuke Tanabe’s Remix of “Anything’s Possible” was originally commissioned for ‘Heavyweight Gringos (Bongos, Bleeps & Basslines Remixed)’ only for Tanabe’s remix of “Know What I’m Sayin’?” featuring rapper Pase Rock (part of US hip-hop group Five Deez) to make the final cut. Explaining how the remix commission came about, zero dB explain: “I asked a lot of the Fluid Ounce artists if they’d be up for remixing the album. I signed Daisuke Tanabe to Fluid Ounce for three releases after coming across him at a CDR club night at Plastic People. Gilles Peterson got him to remix a release on Brownswood shortly after.”
zero dB have been keeping busy at the cutting edge since the release of their debut ‘Bongos, Bleeps & Basslines’, making killer club music under various monikers, and packing out dance floors with DJ sets in some of the biggest clubs with the best sound systems out there, including Plastic People and Japan’s Club Yellow. Their ‘One-Offs, Remixes and B Sides’ compilation on Tru Thoughts has become an essential listen, not just for existing fans of zero dB’s unique concoction of Latin heat, jazz colour, startling beats and pure bassline filth, but for anyone who has been remotely moved by dance music in the last half-decade.
Voice Monet embodies everything you don’t initially expect from the business of hip hop. Her grace, precise playfulness, versatility, and unique perspective as an orator span across genres and decades with next-level rap skills as the anchor that holds everything down. Coming with sounds reminiscent of Bahamadia, Lauryn Hill and LadyBug Mecca of Digable Planets while often compared to the West Coast smoothness of Snoop Dogg by her international fans, Voice has crafted a style that is all her own and claims her place with confidence and grace amongst the greats.
Daisuke Tanabe is a Japanese musician based in Chiba. While his music reflects his deep rootedness in underground music from the UK, his approach to embedding Japanese sonic sensibilities makes his work highly regarded. Tanabe’s music practice extends beyond the club context, with a wide range of his activities being presented as installation artworks, sound art projects, and incorporated within various stage performances.