Please Don’t Do This To Me Pete
October 9, 2008, 6:30 pm
Filed under: Producers

Charles Hamilton – ‘Stay On Your Level’

So I just came across the latest bit of Pete Rock production at 2 Dope Boyz via the PR Forum. Having recently voiced my concerns over the Chocolate Boy Wonder’s current direction, this nonsense only serves to take another swipe at the already withered shreds of my optimism when it comes to contemporary Soul Brother material.

Pete, I’m still there for you, but there’s only so much one man can take.

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Blogger’s Block – Hit The Links
October 8, 2008, 7:05 pm
Filed under: Miscellaneous

So I’ve been meaning to get my arse in gear for a proper beat deconstruction, but I’m struggling to find the inspiration. I’m blaming the change in season and that pesky credit crunch.

Here are some folk who seem to be weathering the storm just fine:

Brandon completes his notes on post-lyricism.

Zilla wants to be schooled on Slick Rick.

Jeff interviews Bishop Lamont.

Eric already starts cracking on with his top 100 of the year.

Ivan keeps on killing it with the sample sets with A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing.

Robbie drops a new Sadat X track that’s been growing on me.

Kanye rocks a new colourway of the Yeezy. Oh, and premiers ‘Love Lockdown’.

Go give Jaz a hand with his requests.

Dart pays homage to the bloggerverse like no other.

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Slice Of Soul – ‘Aria’
October 5, 2008, 6:47 pm
Filed under: Slice Of Soul

Marc Moulin – ‘Aria’
taken from Placebo Years 1971 – 1974 (EMI , 1999)

It’s Sunday. I’m feeling lazy. Is there any better accompaniment to lethargy than this?

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Ubiquitous Drums 101 – ‘Sorcerer Of Isis’
October 1, 2008, 6:45 pm
Filed under: Breaks

Power Of Zeus – ‘Sorcerer Of Isis’
taken from The Gospel According To Zeus (Rare Earth, 1970)

Having stuck simply to funk for fodder for this series so far, I thought I’d mix it up a little today and throw a rock joint at you for your percussive consumption. However, in terms of supplementary info on this particular break I’m afraid it’s going to be a little light on this occasion, as Power Of Zeus are a group who I know next to nothing about and wouldn’t ever profess to.

As far as I can tell ‘Sorcerer Of Isis’ is taken from their only studio album The Gospel According To Zeus which saw a release on Motown offshoot label Rare Earth. I’m yet to hear the LP in its entirety but ‘Sorcerer Of Isis’ is pretty cool for what it is, although bear in mind that this is coming from somebody who knows next to nothing about psychedelic ’70s rock. It’s also easy to see why it’s been adopted by beatmakers, as the beautifully clean hats, kicks and snares during the opening passage of the song are divinely ripe for the chop.

This only covers a fraction of it. Keep those ears trained for the snare hits in some of your favourite beats and ignore the fact that snare-spotting is pretty much as geeky as it gets: embrace it. I know I have.

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