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soggyroach v2.0

This blog is hereby resuscitated as a music blog. I'll be posting tracks now and again, and writing about the music that propels me through my days. We'll start off with a brief A-side / B-side mix, you can call it "The Samplers vs. the Sampled."

Everyone knows the Funky Drummer - He's the guy playing drums on all your favorite hip hop tracks of the past 30 years. Clyde Stubblefield is his name, but he doesn't get much credit past the occasional name-drop. He was just a session musician when "Funky Drummer, Pt. 2" was recorded, so there's no royalty checks headed his way. He's probably never signed his name on anyone's cleavage. There's no real fame and fortune to speak of, and he's got no glam to his music career (see: Revenge Of The Funky Drummer for example). At the same time he's probably the single most-played artist on radio and in the clubs of the past three decades - he's been sampled, chopped, re-sampled, and his beats are now laying the funky groundwork for other artists' tracks. That's the solitary lot that a sampled musician has to bear - all cultural impact and no social glory. As I believe Walter Benjamin once said: "The real work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction is the simple act of getting some decent poon when no one recognizes you as the guy who played the 'funky drummer' beat."

The three modern tracks here are prime examples of the ways a good sample can be put to use. They're not hammy, and they don't rip off the original artists. Instead they manage to retain the feel of the sampled songs while still putting enough of a twist on the sounds to make them new. I see it as a tribute to the original writers, a nod of commiseration and a joyful expansion of their ideas.

Here's the tracklist:

The Shangri-Las - He Cried
Clinic - Porno
The Left Banke - I've Got Something On My Mind
Jens Lekman - Black Cab
Beck - Paper Tiger
Serge Gainsbourg - Cargo Culte

Download the mix HERE.

In the words of Omar Little from the Wire, "Money ain't got no owners, only spenders." Using these tracks as evidence, I think the sentiment can be echoed when it comes to good riffs and slinky beats.

LT Out.


As always, if you like what you hear, go out and buy the album. On Vinyl.