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To me the biggest failure of Jazz historians has been the refusal to acknowledge Hip Hop and its use of Jazz in its samples and use America’s most popular musical style as a vehicle to introduce Jazz to new generations of listeners. Beyond Wax Poetics and Blue Note barely anyone in power is acknowledging the Jazz of the late 60’s and early to mid 70’s that make up a lot of the samples that Hip Hop’s top producers have been sampling for years. Instead, the people in charge of Jazz Appreciation textbooks and PBS documentaries look at the late 60’s and beyond as the period Miles Davis went Fusion and not much else happened. Meanwhile legions of Hip Hop and even Electronic music fans have dug beneath the surface and discovered not just Jazz, but also R&B, Funk and Soul by following the samples of their favorite tracks. A cult phenomenon fueled by mixes put together by well-schooled diggers, Blue Note compilations and Wax Poetics magazine. Wax Poetics is the bible of the modern urban music fan who is as into the Mizell Brothers, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Herbie Hancock as they are into The Roots, De La Soul and 4 Hero. People with curiosity or knowledge of the 60’s & 70’s and ears towards what’s new, but enough experience to smell thru whatever flavor of the month Source and Urb are hyping. Blue Note of course has a stake in keeping their back catalogue alive and has done a great job by aligning themselves with the sample curious Hip Hop fans and providing them with numerous compilations that can act as a gateway into the world of Jazz. In the early 90’s Blue note started with the Blue Break Beats series of comps which reached to four volumes. This month they have released “Droppin’ Science: Greatest Samples From The Blue Note Lab” and Giant Step was nice enough not only to give it an informational write up complete with lists of the tracks that sampled these classics, but a great J. Rocc mix of the original songs juxtaposed with the sampling tracks. Get it now before they take it down. And in case you are curious about the remix that J. Rocc mixes into the original at a little past 19 minutes, it’s a J Dilla remix of “Obilghetto” by Brother Jack McDuff and it’s available at Dilate.Choonz. And while we’re at it, here’s a mix made entirely of sampled tracks that Questlove of The Roots made in September of ‘05 for BBC Radio 1. The track listing is about half way down, complete with corresponding sampling artist. Now, imagine if your college Jazz Appreciation instructor and Ken Burns had spent just a tiny bit of time attempting to bridge the gap between todays sample based music and the Jazz it sampled. Generation X & Y would be much further along in discovering yesterdays classics. (Imagine how much further along I'd be if I had discovered pouring Budweiser cans into a glass makes it taste less like aluminum and more like a watered down but more palatable beer.) But it's tough to get mad at Ken, I mean look at that haircut.. And just so I don’t leave you thinking I let everyone else do the work, here’s “Jasper County Man” by Bobbi Humphrey off the Blue Break Beats Volume 2 comp and her Mizell Brothers produced album, "Blacks & Blues". “Jasper County Man” was sampled by Digable Planets "Blowing Down", Eric B and Rakim "Keep 'em Eager to Listen" and Ice T "New Jack Hustler".
As 1991 was winding down I discovered MARS FM completely turning my musical taste upside down from my mainstay since ’86 in Hip Hop to the new found sounds of Industrial, Techno & Alternative. The debut albums from two LA legends The Pharcyde & Cypress Hill albums were really the little Hip Hop that got thru to me in the next year and a half before my high school graduation, and then once I graduated my circle of friends included almost nobody that was listening to Hip Hop on a regular basis. However, right before graduation in 1993 a van pulled up and parked in my musical consciousness. A Van Full Of Pakistans, to be exact. Like the van of the homeless guy who lives in the parking lot in the library by my place, this van is always there.

Yall So Stupid burst onto the scene from Decatur, Georgia way before the Dirty South became its own sub genre within Hip Hop. The title track off the album is armed with tongue in cheek lyrics, an irrelevant title and references to ecstasy, I mean whom other than Justin Warfield who else at that time was rapping about drugs outside of pot and crack? Before Cube was doing Hollywood and P. Diddy was doing it up in the Hamptons, just mentioning a white kid’s drug like ecstasy was leftfield for Hip Hop. Then YSS just disappeared with no follow up to the A Van Full Of Pakistans album. The album itself is solid; nothing for the Hip Hop annals, but the title track single still sounds amazing 15 years later. (Insert your own joke about how dated other Decatur bred rapper Lil’ Jon’s music will sound 15 years from now, then yell “What!?” & repeat it again). I could not find an MP3 or Youtube of The Crusaders “Mosadi”, which a lot of the song is built around. Nevertheless, here is the Honeydrippers “Impeach The President”, which was used for the beat.

Also off topic but… next time Safeway has Budweiser 18 pack of cans for $9.99 I think I will pass. The flavor is so weak it tastes like the can and I have like 12 left. What am I going do with them? Maybe the guy in the van likes Budweiser.
In 1991, with the American music media about to go ape nuts for anything remotely Seattle, some really good music was coming out of the UK under the radar. Well almost completely under the radar, Spin magazine did name Bandwagonesque their album of the year over Nirvana's Nevermind & My Bloody Valentine's Loveless. But beyond that Teenage Fanclub, Swervedriver & to a lesser extent Catherine Wheel never quite got their due as lattes, flannels & anti depressants took over. And that's not even giving any thought to Ride, Boo Radleys, Chapterhouse & others I don't know shit about. Teenage Fanclub featured 3 singer/songwriters playing thick & melodic power pop. "Star Sign" is one of the better tracks off of Bandwagonesque an album of course I was hipped to by LA's old MARS FM. teenagefanclub.com
Restless 1992
For those of you who do not know who Doc Martin is he pretty much is an institution in the Los Angeles Deep House scene. The guy was big when I got into Electronic music and the underground scene the end of 1991 and he's still huge today. His resume pretty much reads like an LA history lesson. I'll spare the details for those who do know. Now S.U.N. unfortunately I don't know much about. All I do know is this album sounds pretty dated now all but this remix which according to Discogs is Doc's first. We are lucky it made it onto the album. I wish I had some awesome story about how I heard him drop this at Flammable Liquid, More, Citrusonic or another legendary spot where he played back in the early 90's, but the truth is I first heard this track after picking up the CD used at a Wherehouse sometime in the mid 90's. Sorry to dissapoint. I do have great Doc stories, but you know what they say, writing about music is like dancing about architecture blah blah blah. So I'll deal in the facts. This remix is Dubbed out Tribal stomper that is pretty much like a lot of what Doc has played over the years but by no means a complete picture of what Doc can lay down. You pretty much have to experiance at least 4 hours of an 10 hour set to even scratch that vast surface. So completely different than the original it's one of those remixes that pretty much is it's own track. I love the flute towards the end, reminds me a lot of what Underworld did a year later on thier classic dubnobasswithmyheadman. I have no idea what Dracula has to do with any of this but S.U.N. decided to put that pic of, I think Bela Lugosi on the back cover. (insert corny Dracula as raver joke here) User wrote a good bio for S.U.N. Sublevel Doc bio
No Label No Date
I'll let you figure this one out yourself. If you're a Househead there's more than enough here to clue you in.
BBE 2006 Found this over at my favorite mp3 blog & maybe the reason why I started my own blog, dilate.choonz.com. The back story on the blog is actually funny, It's a bunch of DJ's & promoters that originally used the mp3 blog as a way to promote a party. Once the party happened they decided to keep the blog. So it's multiple posters, sometimes going on their own & sometimes answering each other. Another thing that keeps it fresh is it spans such a wide variety from Disco/ Disco edits, Dub, early 90's Rave, Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Detroit..... the list goes on. This Alice Smith track sounds like a Disco edit but it's actually a 2006 original. Spaced-out & slo mo with an amazing crescendo. Great remix by Maurice Fulton. Buy the 12" at TTLab myspace.com/alicesmith myspace.com/mauricefulton
"Pieces of A Man" album Flying Dutchman 1971
Singer, poet, proto-rapper, political activist Gil Scott-Heron recorded one of the 70's most criminally underrated album "Pieces of A Man". Home Is Where The Hatred Is is a bitter sweet tale of a junkie. How can a song about such a depressing subject be so damn beautiful? I always thought the strumming guitar at the very begining sounds like something a D+B producer would've sampled sometime in the mid 90's & the bridge is something Moodymann would sample. But ironically a quick scan of the-breaks.com found plenty of Gil Scott-Heron songs used in samples, but not Home Is Where The Hatred Is. Either way chances are you will get more Gil Scott-Heron here such I'm such a fan. Accoring to Wikipedia Scott-Heron is back in prison & is HIV-positive. A very sad story from a very talented artist. Gil Scott-Heron @ Soulwalking Gil Scott-Heron @ Wikipedia Gil Scott-Heron @ The Breaks
"The Warriors" Soundtrack A&M 1979 Okay if you haven't seen the movie I really think you need some help. And if you thought remaking it was a good idea I think you need A LOT of help. If you know the movie & the Baseball Furies scene, then I don't really need to clutter this up with a description or anything do I? But how about some insight on the composer Barry de Vorzon. Not only did he do the only three good songs in "The Warriors", but the theme from SWAT (TV series), some music from "Xanadu" & as an A&R rep signed the Association to Valiant. Yankees regular season Yankees post season Barry de Vorzon @ IMDB warriorsmovie.co.uk/
4AD records 1986
Colourbox has got to be one of the more mysterious act's out of the UK in the 80's. Started by brothers Martyn and Steven Young, who thern went out & added vocalist as needed. But they were more will known for the side projects, M/A/R/R/S & This Mortal Coil, that 4AD label head Ivo Watts-Russell recruited them into. Yes, the Young brothers were involved both "Pump Up the Volume" & "Song To the Siren". But after one album & a handful of singles they dissapeared. Even with the huge sucess that "Pump Up the Volume" garnered them on both sides of the Atlantic they did not reunite with the members of A.R. Kane to record anything else as M/A/R/R/S. Colourbox like a lot of the UK in the 80's were very into samplers & brought a cross of genres, but this track is the main one that worked.

I first heard "Looks Like We're Shy One Horse" on a Scott Hardkiss mixtape, "Live From Room Zero", that I bought at the old Dr Freeclouds record store I wanna say in 94. This was back when the Hardkiss brothers were a very eclectic bunch, last I herad they were playing Trance, Progressive or Progressive Trance not really sure. I loved the track but didn't know the name of it till Scott released the commercially available "Yes - A Scott Hardkiss Mix" in 1996. The mix CD featured a lot of the same tracks but didn't come close to matching the magic of "Room Zero". By the time that two years had passed I had entered the world of both classic Jamaican & new school UK Dub. But ironically didn't know the name of one of the key tracks that pushed me that direction. So finally finding it was a real coup. I also have a story that I'll post later about a classic Acid Jazz track that I had & loved for years before finally finding the name.

This track is so amazing there's so much to like about it. But of course everyone is curious about the vocal samples which I think if isn't drawn totally from at least mostly from Once Upon A Tme In the West. Even the gunshot that morphs into a train whistle at 2:34 is from the Leone classic. I just love music that brings a cinematic feeling be it Depth Charge or The Cinematic Orchestra, both of whom I will post on later, or this track.

I edited out the ambient outro for this version slimming it down to 4:40 from what was almost 8 minutes. The full version is available from both Andrew Weatherall's Post Punk/ Funk/ Reggae/ Dub/ early UK Electronic comp 9 O'Clock Drop and Colourbox Best Of
Colourbox @ 4AD Fistful of Leone
GAMM 2005
Whenever I go to TT Lab the first two vinyl bins I look in is G.A.M.M & Detroit. G.A.M.M is mainly re-edits many of which are boots based in & around Funk, Soul, Jazz & Hip Hop. You might be aware of the first release Red Astaire "Follow Me" which got a lot of hype. And from what I understand G.A.M.M releases are limited & go fast. 7 Samurai is actually Marc Frank of Les Gammas fame. As 7 Samurai he has made some amazing remixes of Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder & Marvin Gaye among others. You have to admire anyone bold enough to take those legends on & give respect when they make the remixes worth while. Marlies & Marcus is a remix of the title track off D'Angelo's "Brown Sugar". Marc turns into the song you'd want playing at the roller skating rink when you see your first crush for the first time. Imagine your 6th grade crush. Now imagine this song blasting as they glide across the rink & into your life kidnapping your childhood and dropping you off in hormone land. Yeah, it's pretty much what it sounds like. 7 Samurai at Discogs Great interview with ?uestlove of the Roots. The last paragraph on page 2 he starts talking about hooking up D'Angelo & the Voodoo sessions continueing on page 3. The whole interview is worth a read (or podcast both formats are available

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