Drumtrip Sessions number two comes courtesy of myself!
I figured there is gonna be a whole heap of great, but jungle-only mixes coming out of the ‘Sessions’ series over the coming months, and as I am a sucker for a themed mix, I created one around the lost art of sampling.
Musician’s sampling sounds of course did not begin with hip hop, you can trace it back to the Musique concrète movement in France in the late 40s. Voices and sounds recorded from nature were being used in musical pieces for the first time.
But it is probably fair to say Hip Hop producers took it to the next level in the 80s when they copied what the DJ’s were doing with the ‘break’ sections of old funk and soul records. Cutting and extending.
It wasn’t long until sampling became a true culture in hip hop and a beat wasn’t a beat without a dusty James Brown or Lynn Collins loop.
Hardcore and Jungle producers of the early 90s had a huge range of influences, and were often already hip hop fans (or B-Boys in Goldie’s case) so it was inevitable the same sample sources and same breaks and beats would appear.
There is a misconception around sampling these days that it is dated, or that sampling somehow makes you less of a musician, but you only have to look to producers like the late J Dilla, DJ Premier or DJ Shadow to see that recycling old sounds can create incredibly creative and unique music. Daft Punk went ‘anti-sample’ with their long-awaited album ‘Random Access Memories’ which uses live musicians. Even huge hip hop producers, who made a career out of sampling like Kanye West, now tour with live musicians. The days of the traditional DJ’s and sampling culture seem to be behind us.
I have heard the argument that perhaps the lack of sampling within Drum & Bass today has had a part in it’s creative decline since the early 2000s. As this mix demonstrates, the original producers had a huge range of influences, influences taken from the sounds their parents listened to, growing up in the 60s, 70s or 80s.
Sessions #02 takes you through original sample sources of some of my favourite jungle tracks, samples taken from genres such as Rare Groove / Funk, Jazz, Soul, Hip Hop, Techno and more.
Fast forward 2013 and Drum and Bass is 20 years old. New producers were just kids when the pioneers were creating classics, if born at all. 90s born producers will naturally be influenced by what came before them – Drum & Bass producers influenced by other Drum & Bass producers.
Ask 4Hero their influences and they might reel off some 70s prog rock, dub and funk artists. Ask your flavour-of-the-month D&B producer theirs…. they might well say High Contrast, Ed Rush and Optical, Marcus Intalex. It’s only natural, but perhaps that is part of the reason I just feel I have heard it all before.
Before I ramble on forever, lets get to the mix.
I simply took some of my favourite samples from jungle history, and mixed the original sample source alongside the jungle tune that sampled it!
The mix was created digitally with a sequencer, as there are some crazy tempo’s being mixed, and you will no doubt notice a lot of the tracks speeding up and down to compensate. It took a good few hours to put together, so I hope most of the transitions work out.
01. Bob James – Westchester Lady
02. Adam F – Circles
03. S.O.S. Band – The Finest
04. Foul Play – Finest Illusion
05. Reel By Real – Surkit
06. LTJ Bukem – Atlantis (I Need You)
07. Dillinja – The Angels Fell (Vangelis – Bladerunner Blues Extension)
08. Pharoah Sanders – Astral Travelling
09. Photek – Rings Around Saturn
10. Abstract Minds – Thoughts Of Mind
11. LTJ Bukem – Music
12. Maxi Anderson – Lover To Lover
13. Tom & Jerry – Maxi(mum) Style
15. Rahiem – Does Your Man Know About Me
16. Roni Size – All Crew Big Up (95 Relick)
17. Reese – Just Want Another Chance
18. Dillinja – Deadly Deep Subs (Remix)
Sessions #02- The Law by Drumtrip on Mixcloud
Thanks to Mikus at Mikus Music blog for the Angels Fell edit and blogtotheoldskool.com for the mp3 copy of ‘Thoughts Of Mind’
Main author and creator of Drumtrip.
I have been listening to and mixing drum and bass in its various forms since 1998.
Drumtrip was designed to celebrate the glory years between 1991 and 1997.