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"The Bay Area producer (Akon, Talib Kweli)/half of Zion I has scrapped together a project dubbed Rainydayz Remixes, culling six IR cuts and chopping 'em up, spiking the punch with varying degrees of embellishments. "Weird Fishes" stays true to the original's arc -- one groove, one progression; slowly grooving, slowly progressing -- spiced up with a fake finish, some Thom tinkering and a Radiohead-meets-Neptunes-enhanced-JT beat. Ain't nobody love you like I love you, etc." - Stereogum.com


"Wow. California MC Amplive slices and dices a (let's face it, kind of bloodless) new Radiohead song and turns it into a sleek and simmering hip-hop track. If more of In Rainbows sounded like this, we might not feel so chapped about shelling out for the discbox." - Rollingstone.com


"Why can't hip-hop and indie rock values segue together as gracefully, as artfully, as Oakland DJ-producer Amplive's trip-hop–tinged remix of "Nude," a suturing together of his group Zion I's "Don't Lose Ya Head" and Radiohead's ethereal hum, with classic Yay touches of Too $hort?" - SF Bay Guardian


"Rainydaze Remixes is most effective when it is at its boldest, accelerating the dreary original of 'All I Need' into hard-nosed trip hop punctuated by stabbing brass, or transforming 'Weird Fishes' into a gentle drift downstream." - Guardian UK


"One standout track from the project is "Weird Fishes," which Amplive has transformed from a synthesizer-and-guitar odyssey into an ominous electro-trance expedition. Some other strong tracks feature guests: The pimp-rap specialist Too $hort enlivens a bass-boosted "Nude," and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien triples the verbiage on ‘Videotape’."
- New York Times


Discography

Albums
- Rainydayz Remixes
1. Rainydayz
2. Video Tapez (ft. Del The Funky Homosapien)
3. Nudez (ft. Too $hort & MC Zumbi of Zion I)
4. Weird Fishez
5. All I Need
6. 15 Stepz (ft. Codany Holiday)
7. Reckonerz (ft. Chali2na)
8. Faustz

Remix Singles
- The Jealous Girlfriends RMX
- MGMT vs of Montreal Remix (feat. Mistah Fab) - MGMT
- The Dirty Dirty Remix - Tapes 'n Tapes
- Baskervilles Remix (feat. Aesop Rock & Yak Ballz) - Tokyo Police Club
- Out Of My System Remix (feat. Zion I) - Jamie Lidell
- All I Wanna Do Remix (feat Codany Holiday) - Jamie -Lidell
- 1940 Remix - The Submarines
- Smoke In My Eyes Club Remix - The Early States
- The Vowels, Pt. 2 Remix - WHY?

Original Singles
- Gary Is A Robot
1. Gary Is A Robot (feat. Micro Jaxson & Trackademics)
2. Get Served Feat Myka Nyne

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Bio

Originally known only to backpackers and indie hip hop heads, AmpLive, Bay Area producer and the turntable-manning half of Zion I, had one hell of a 2008.

After initially invoking the ire of Brit art-rock titans Radiohead with an unsanctioned remix record of In Rainbows, a groundswell of fan-made YouTube clip, snarky Pitchfork news stories and all stripes of online support would convince Thom Yorke and company to greenlight the release of Rainydayz Remixes. Featuring eight tracks, most bearing exclusive verses from MCs like Del The Funky Homosapien, Too Short and Jurrasic 5’s Chali2NA, the album was an absolute sensation, winning praise from Wired, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and a host of others, while netting over 180k downloads from one location.

AmpLive parlayed this attention into a host of other remix gigs. Throughout 2008 he reworked music from a veritable who’s who of indie rock – Of Montreal, MGMT, The Jealous Girlfriends, Tokyo Police Club, Jamie Lidell, Tapes N Tapes, and more – often adding his hip hop flare with guest verses from MCs like Aesop Rock, Mistah F.A.B. and his own Zion I partner Zumbi. His work has become a staple of the blogosphere and won praise in the pages of Spin, New York Mag, Remix Mag and more.

2009 finds AmpLive working with and remixing an even more impressive list of artists, including The Submarines and WHY?, while releasing the latest from Zion I, his electro project Electrowonderland 2 "Murder at the Discoteck", and gearing up for the follow up to Rainydayz Remixes.