De La Soul. Eye Know.

May I cut this dance to introduce myself as
The chosen one to speak
Let me lay my hand across yours
And aim a kiss upon your cheek

This was the tune that kicked of my general obsession with popular music. I bought it on Cassingle and played it until the quality completely deteriorated. Here, I have included the album original, 3 English remixes and the original UK B-side (The wonderful ‘The Mack Daddy On The Left’).

During my research for this blog post I found a couple of covers, the first one is a charming live acoustic version by a gentleman from Edinburgh called The Original Greeno, sang in a Scottish brogue with Ukulele. The second cover is from the recent Mix tape (Mick Boogie & Terry Urban: ‘Le Da Soul: 20 Years of De La Soul) celebrating 20 years since De La Souls legendary début album ‘3ft High & Rising’. This modern adaptation is produced by one of the current breed of excellent Hip Hop producers 6th Sense.

Also included is four of the songs which were sampled for this song, or the song remixes. There weren’t many Hip Hop acts sampling Steely Dan back in 89′ and I hope that the (recently rumoured) possibility that De La re-record this song with Steely really comes off.

1. Eye Know. Album Version.

177kbps. 4min13secs. download HERE.

2. Eye Know. The Kiss Mix. (by Dave Dorrell & CJ Mackintosh)

192kbps. 4min49secs. download HERE.

3. Eye Know. The Know It All Mix. (by Dave Dorrell & CJ Mackintosh)

198kbps. 7min12secs. download HERE.

4. Eye Know. The Daisy Bass Mix. (by Chad Jackson)

320kbps. 6min35secs. download HERE.

5. The Mack Daddy On The Left. featuring Chi-Ali (Original UK B-Side).

192kbps. 2min29secs. download HERE.


and a couple of covers…

6. The Original Greeno. Eye Know (Acoustic, Scottish, Ukulele)

128kbps. 4min26secs. 2009. download HERE.

7. Kid Daytona featuring Mike Maven. Eye Know. produced by 6th Sense

320kbps. 4min09secs. 2009. download HERE. from the Le Da Soul Mixtape.


and the songs that were sampled…


8. The Mad Lads. Make This Young Lady Mine.

312kbps. 2min23secs. 1969. download HERE.

9. Otis Redding. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay.

320kbps. 2min45secs. 1968. download HERE.

10. Steely Dan. Peg.

320kbps. 4mins. 1978. download HERE.

11. Steely Dan. FM.

199kbps. 5min06secs. 1978. download HERE.


I also need to know where the actual drum break for Eye Know comes from. I heard it was a Lee Dorsey song which sounds about right, I wll include it here when I find it.

  1. Drum Break is ‘Get Out Of My Life Woman’ By Lee
    Nice post!

    Drum Break is Lee Dorsey – Get Out Of My Life Woman

    You can snatch it from my website

    All the Best

    Mr Double Down

      • atlanticjaxx
      • July 10th, 2010

      I left that out on purpose waiting for such a reply. honest

      just downloaded the Lee Dorsey collection, I will add.


  2. awesome post – chad jackson mix sounds amazin. did it come out at the time of the original? or was it a later re-work?

    • atlanticjaxx
    • August 20th, 2010

    It came out in 1989, same year as the original on the album.

    Thanks for the positive comments.

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