The man who has helped everyone from Sarah McLachlan to 'NSYNC make electronic music is going after one of hip-hop's few live bands.
BT said last week he has recorded a track with the Roots for his upcoming fourth album. The electronic music guru's manager described the tune, "Tao of the Machine," as "new-school breaks meets old-school hip-hop." It will likely surface on a soundtrack before BT's album is released next year, the manager said.
The follow-up to last year's Movement in Still Life will also include appearances by Peter Gabriel and McLachlan (see "BT Fills Plate With 'Furious' Music, Album Plans"). Longtime collaborator Jan Johnston has laid down some vocals as well, according to BT's manager, and more guests are likely.
BT, who has remixed Tori Amos and Seal and has produced 'NSYNC and Britney Spears (see "BT Earns 'King Of Dirty Pop' Title With 'NSYNC, Britney Tracks"), said he hopes to work with Radiohead soon. "I've spoken to them many times about that stuff, and hopefully someday we'll be able to do something together," he said.
In the meantime, BT fans can check out many of his collaborations on the recently released R&R (as in rare and remixed). The album features tracks by the likes of McLachlan and Paul van Dyk remixed by BT, along with his collaborations with superstar DJs like Sasha and Taylor.
"This record is like a sort of diary [of] the last 10 years of my life," BT said. "And it's something I wanted to do for a long time for personal reasons just to have to play in my car, basically. It documents where I started and what I've grown into, so it was something that was personally really important for me to do."
R&R was mixed by Andy Gray (Paul Oakenfold, New Order) and flows unlike any other rarities or greatest-hits compilation. Highlights include BT and Sasha's remix of Seal's "I'm Alive," the Plump DJ's breakbeat remix of Movement in Still Life's "Smartbomb" and BT's breakthrough "Blue Skies" single with Amos.
"I have so many good memories associated with a lot of those tracks," BT said. "I remember doing that mix of Seal with Sasha and sleeping on the floor of his studio and stuff."
BT said he had about 60 songs to choose from for the two-disc, 22-track R&R. Some that made the final cut are his favorites, but many are the songs that were in the highest demand.
"I was getting e-mails for years like, 'Dude, why can't I find the track?,' " he explained. "The track 'Sunblind' is a track so many people wanted to get that was on the Japanese import version of Movement in Still Life. And I was like, 'Yeah, I should make this stuff available somehow.' "
After scoring "Driven," "The Fast and the Furious" and "Zoolander," BT figures he has recorded more than 200 tracks this year. He would like to compile some of those, along with his soundtrack work for "Go" and "Under Suspicion," for another R&R-like compilation.
"It's stuff I so intricately over-thought, and you hear 30 seconds of it on film, in the background while people are talking, you know what I mean?" BT said. "I'd love for people to be able to hear some of that stuff, but I don't even know where to start."