Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Evolution of A Beat

 In relation to their chronological order on the musical timeline,
every Hip Hop and Electronic form of music since 1979 comes from some other source of music.
Whether blues, jazz, rock, soul, reggae, funk or punk, everyone is sampling from everyone.
Although here at Upperhands, we embrace this beautiful fact. 
In the inaugural edition of "The Evolution of A Beat", we move from 1977to 1995 to 2013.

 Cannonball Adderley Quintet - "Together" 1977
You should listen to it for a little bit just to get a feel for the sampled vibraphone in the next track.

In 1995 the Los Angeles based hip hop group Funkdoobiest was spawned out of the 
success of Cypress Hill and mainly their DJ, DJ Muggs.
DJ Muggs produced and helped bring Funkdoobiest to a respectable level in the mid 1990's.
The opening track to their album "Brothas Doobie", gave us the song,
"Rock On" produced by DJ Muggs.
You'll notice that the vibraphone from the last track was used for the base sample of the hip hop track.

Fast forward to 2013 and I had completely forgotten about Funkdoobiest and their album 
I was rocking all the way back in 1995.
Brand new Drum and Bass artist James & Hetfield ( Yes, just like the lead singer from Metallica)
has released the track "If Your Soul Loves the Sun" ( Original and DNB Mix), which also
samples the Funkdoobiest track.
Bringing together that lovely sample with the smooth sounds of a new DNB producer is 
simply evolutionary. 

Special Thanks to: Sampling the good old days in all fascets.

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