Posts Tagged ‘drums’

0150 J Dilla – Every Siren on the Donuts album

Monday, February 11th, 2013

It was the 7th anniversary of J Dilla’s passing on Feb. 10th this year, and Stones Throw are re-releasing the Donuts album as a box set of 7″ singles. Pitchfork (I know I’m mentioning them again) did a great review (10!!) of the release and Nate Patrin pinpointed what is always such a great part of any Dilla tune, the siren:

Even the ubiquitous siren he lifted from Mantronix feels like Dilla’s sole property now– maybe because Kurtis never thought to lay it over a mobius-strip revamp of Kool and the Gang album track “Fruitman” (“The Diff’rence”) or a tense, staggered piano loop cut from Martha Reeves’ mid 70s post-Motown solo debut (“Thunder”).

The siren is all over the Donuts album and like Nate says, it’s his now.

Side Note: Armand Van Helden used it first back in 2000, but Dilla used it best.

The Diff’rence 0:09

Thunder 0:29

As I said on March 5, 2006 when I aired these tributes on CIUT. The Best Ever.

Lowsound – J Dilla Tribute Part 1
Lowsound – J Dilla Tribute Part 2

From Donuts, released through Stones Throw Records, 2006 and re-released on 7″ Vinyl, 2013

0070 Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight @ 3:28

Monday, March 8th, 2010

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Another one of my Dad’s faves, this has an epic lead in. The build up is massive. It gets more echoey and you hear more guitar stabs the further you go. A lot of NFL players love this track and play it before a big game. It’s all suspense and emotion until the drums (BPOTS)  kick in.

Picture Ray Lewis stretching at the 50 listening to this.

In the Air Tonight 3:28 – 4:00

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From Face Value, released through Virgin Records in 1981.

0051 The Drums – Let’s go Surfing @ 0:49

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

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“I want to go surfing”

Here we are, the other side of 50, nice. Thanks again to Jeff W. for a great 0050th post.  Take a look at his post here to see what people are saying on ExploreMusic. I am gonna try and go through some of that killer classic rock stuff soon, but lucky for me Jeff is going to do a few more Best Parts as well.

I know people like the classic, famous stuff the best, because they recognize the song and all that, but I don’t listen to a lot of popular music…so I end up posting stuff on here that is probably pretty obscure: Dr. Who Dat, Moodymann etc.  And this is another one of those cases, but I’m hoping you also like this blog because you dig some of the artists we write about as well.

These guys are pretty new, found ’em on a FADER podcast, and this song is great. Warehousey Hawaii Five – O bassline, whistling, quick drums, nice fills, but the best part – dude’s vocals, not the lyrics necessarily but his delivery. Drawing out that first word just sounds cool. If you put all the first words together in the 2nd verse, he’s saying, “Wake up, honey, remember, darling. ” I mean come on right?!?

Let’s Go Surfing 0:49 – 1:27

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Listen to the full track on RCRD LBL