Folks know that “Blind Alley” is one of my all-time favorite breaks.1 Just wanted to say that Altered Tapes does a killer little edit, apparently by remixing the original multi-track stems with a little BDK thrown in for good measure.
In fact, it might be the very first example of how I learned what a “break” (as in sample) was. ↩
Brass Construction: Now Is Tomorrow (Anticipation) + The Message (Inspiration)
From II (UA, 1976)
So I was up at the Groove Merchant over Thanksgiving and Cool Chris was playing a record over the house system and I thought,”wow, that sounds really good.” I went over to look at what it was and it was the Brass Construction album and I had one of those mixed moments of…
“Man, I forgot how good this was.”
“Maybe that’s because I probably haven’t listened to this album in 12-15 years.”
It’s a sobering realization.
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Here’s the deal: this song changed my life. It wasn’t the first hip-hop song I ever heard but it was the first one that really made me want to find everything I could that sounded like. It was my gateway drug into hip-hop which would irrevocably change everything else I’d come to pursue later on, whether journalism, scholarship, DJing and of course, records.
But see…for the longest time, I credited the magic of this song (besides to De La Soul and Prince Paul of course) to the Steely Dan “Peg” sample. And look – it’s a [...]
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Our latest episode of our Radio Sombra show, Shades of Soul, is dedicated the soul-jazz sound of the late ’60s (and its rediscovery and celebration in the 1990s). We end with a monster set of all five parts of the greater “Smilin’ Billy Suite”.
Shades of Soul 1.3: The Soul-Jazz Episode by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud
Visit the Radio Sombra page for the playlist.
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(Editor’s note: It’s time to bring back the Summer Songs after two seasons off. Our first guest is Moe Choi aka DJ Choimatic. I’ve known Moe for years, back when he was a big presence in the NY hip-hop club scene but in more recent years, Moe has branched out into everything from swanked-out weddings to Fashion Week runway shows to, you know, DJing parities on the roof of The Met. He’s got Billy Danze’s number on speed dial and the inside lane on YSL couture; that’s [...]
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