Monthly Archives: November 2011

Nas – It ‘Aint Hard to Tell

My remix of the finale track on the best hip hop album of all time, featuring sampled bass loop from Julian Priester and Marianne Intrusion’s ‘Anatomy of Longing‘ and sax samples from Kryzstof Komeda’s “Astigmatic.” Continue reading

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MF Doom – Change the Beat (JChan Momento Ritmico Remix)

All three parts of the original “Change the Beat” fit MF Doom’s Bukowski-tinged free-association to a T – here’s my take featuring loops from Piero Umiliani‘s “Momento Ritmico“, Cannonball Adderly’s “Eye of the Cosmos” and Kryzstof Komeda’s “Astigmatic”. Continue reading

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El Da Sensei – Brothas ‘Aint Got It (JChan Digable Remix)

Flipped this El Da Sensei track with a sample of the intro bassline from Taveres’s “Bad Times” – which Digable Planets used on “Dial 7 (Axioms of Creamy Spies)” back in the day. Continue reading

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I sleep like shit most nights – been this way my whole life. Special shout out goes out to all the narcoleptics, graveyard shift zombies, nightcrawlers and insomniacs out there. What I lose in sleep I make up for in beats.

Piano sample is from “Chez le Photographe du Motel” off of Miles Davis’s soundtrack to the French film ‘Ascenseur Pour L’Échafaud‘, along with samples from “Monkey Conquers the Demon.” Continue reading

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D.A.F. – Co Co Pina (JChan Jumbled Remix)

In high school and freshman year at Boston University I was big into industrial music – Ministry, Front 242, Wax Trax, Skinny Puppy and the like. I probably spent haf of my pocket money freshman year buying industrial-edged CDs at Nuggets and Tower Records – where I picked up a compilation of proto-industrial weirdness called Tyranny of the Beat put out by Mute records (founded by Daniel Miller of The Normal – best known for ‘Warm Leatherette’) and featuring tracks by groups like Throbbing Gristle, Can and Wire that were mostly recorded in the 70s and early 80s.

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Raekwon ftg Ghostface – Criminology (JChan Clarity Remix)

This one’s a banger – made with a guitar loop lifted from Seu Jorge and Dona Ica (check out Seu’s role as “Knockabout Ned” in City of God) and some out-of-the-box reggae organ. Continue reading

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Slate: How the Drum Machine Changed Pop Music

Love ’em or hate ’em, it’s impossible to deny how much drum machines have impacted modern music tastes and sensibilities, as this recent article on Slate explains:

People tend to associate drum machines with the 1980s, the age of the Roland TR-808—which helped define a long stretch of hip hop with ground-shaking bass—and the digital Linn LM-1, which used the sampled sounds of real drums. But the drum machine made its first tentative steps into pop music in the early 1970s. There’s a Riot is the centerpiece of a cluster of watershed moments in early drum machine history. Brian Wilson used it around the same time for the song “Til I Die” (perhaps something about drum machines appealed to reclusive pop geniuses?). It’s all over JJ Cale’s album Naturally, released in December of 1971. In Germany, Can and Kraftwerk also dove into this new world of sound—to a whole other, weird, effect. In the next few years, Bob MarleyShuggie Otis, and others would follow suit … Beyond aesthetic considerations, the rise of the drum machine represented a philosophical shift. Ceding the job of rhythm, which mirrors the human heart and respiratory rates, to circuits and wires overhauled notions of what it means to make music. Continue reading

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