Friday, December 7, 2012

The Crackle

This month's "Revisionist History" track is dedicated to what makes this project what it is.  (diggin)  Elbows deep in crates of records and finding that ill break. 

Sly & The Family Stone's "Sing a Simple Song" is easily one of the funkiest drum breaks and has been used by damn near EVERYBODY.  The horns and the drums are simply undeniable.  From Dr. Dre's "Deep Cover" to Digital Underground's "The Humpty Dance" to KRS-One's "Sound of Da Police", this break has simply MADE CLASSIC HIP HOP. 

The copy I found was from when I worked at a record shop in Seattle.  It was in the dollar bin and scratched/well played.  When I dropped the needle and heard how the drums were panned to one side/singled out and it was SO gritty, I just bugged out.  So many cats want to clean up their samples, but I wanted it dirty and even threw it in the SP1200 to give it that 12bit sound. 

This beat was one of the original tracks for the beat tape I made when I 1st thought up this project.  It sat for a long while until I finally came up with something to do with it.  (sadly years)  At the time I moved on from the "Revisionist History" project and I was thinking of using it for the "Basement Sessions" follow up.  I even came up with a concept for releasing this track, but who knows... it may resurface as a promo in the future. But... now with the rebirth of this project I thought I had to drop it for "Revisionist History".

"The Crackle" is simply that... a song about diggin', dope records, the grit, the grime and the imperfections that make records so much more appealing than microwave glossy music in this digital age.