BLIND ALLEY – ALTERED TAPES REMIX

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 … Continue reading BLIND ALLEY – ALTERED TAPES REMIX

THE “BLIND ALLEY” CHALLENGE

Given that we’ve been talking about the various flips of “Blind Alley,” we figured: why not see what other creative steps people can take to work with this? Here’s the original stereo version of the song: The Emotions: Blind Alley For beatmakers out there: what can you do with it that hasn’t already been done? … Continue reading THE “BLIND ALLEY” CHALLENGE

BREAKING DOWN “BLIND ALLEY” PART TWO

In Part One, Matthew Africa and I broke down The Emotions’ “Blind Alley” based on its production and arrangement. For Part Two, we look at how it’s been used as a sample source. (My comments are in plain text, Africa’s are in italics). In general when producers categorize samples, they often break them down into … Continue reading BREAKING DOWN “BLIND ALLEY” PART TWO

BREAKING DOWN “BLIND ALLEY” PART 1

The Emotions’ “Blind Alley” is one of my favorite Stax/Volt songs of all time and it’s been nearly eight years since I’ve written about it. I’ve been meaning to revisit it and do up something more elaborate after seeing how it got reissued in that Never To Be Forgotten boxset I just wrote about. It’s … Continue reading BREAKING DOWN “BLIND ALLEY” PART 1

LARGE PROFESSOR: WHO REMAINS CHECKING

Large Professor: Listen (Blast Off) (Geffen, 1996, 12″) Junket’s Robbie Ettelson has part of the story behind what the hell happened to Large Pro’s solo LP but all I know is that folks were hype in ’96 at the idea that LP was about to drop The LP. As far as teaser 12″s go, this … Continue reading LARGE PROFESSOR: WHO REMAINS CHECKING