Hell Yes Dust Bros

This week on SEVEN O CLOCK Sample we are looking at the sampling legacy of the Dust Brothers.

EZ Mike and King Gizmo have an impressive resume, that includes working with the Beastie Boys, Young MC, Tone Loc, The Rolling Stones, Hanson, and Beck.

The fellas have worked with Beck numerous times. Beck had the Dust Brothers produce his album Odelay, released in 1996. The album spawned the hit songs “Where It’s At” , “Devils Haircut” , “The New Pollution” and “Jack-Ass”  They got into the studio together again in 2004 to produce Beck’s best charting album to date, Guero.

On Guero, Beck and the Dust Brothers pull together a lot of rare grooves and funky loops to build the back drop of the project.

One of my personal favorites is the track “HELL YES”

Great song, that samples another great song….

That’s the OHIO PLAYERS with “Far East Mississippi”

WOW!

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The ( Super ) Dust Brothers

We always look to find interesting and unique samples here on the SEVEN O CLOCK SAMPLE, and today we are not only looking at quality, but QUANTITY.

In 1988 the Beastie Boys headed west to LA to produce their sophomore album PAUL’S BOTIQUE.  After leaving Def Jam and Rick Rubin, the Beasties were in search of a new sound.

They found it in west cost production team, THE DUST BROTHERS.

The Dust Brothers, E.Z. Mike (Michael Simpson) and King Gizmo (John King) revolutionized the way sampled tracks were created.  These two unlikely hip hop heroes set a new standard for how sampling hardware was used and how sample based music was created.  In college they had a Rap radio show, and after they became well known DJs, they began to produce.

There they produced and sequenced tracks on Tone Lōc’s album, Lōc-ed After Dark. They also produced two tracks on Young MC’s debut album Stone Cold Rhymin.

Shortly after that, they meet the Beastie Boys, and these 5 men together created a record-setting hip hop opus!

In total, 105 songs were sampled on the album, including 24 individual samples on the last track alone!  The timing of this album is what makes it so historic.  Just 2 years later, Biz Markie would be sued by Gilbert O’Sullivan in the Grand Upright Music, Ltd. v. Warner Bros. case.  After that case, sampling records like this would not be legal.  ( It would happen again, but not legally. )

This album has some great tracks, here is one of my favorites…

There are a dozen records sampled on this track; including Kool and The Gang, Public Enemy, Sly and The Famliy Stone, The Commodores, The JAWS Soundtrack, and of course; Curtis Mayfield’s SHAFT THEME.

Chemical Funk

This week on the Seven O’Clock Sample, we are exploring the music of the CHEMICAL BROTHERS!

Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons began creating music together in the early 1990s.  As DJs, they were drawn to the multilayered sample styles of American Hip Hop and when they found themselves running out of tracks to spin, they began to create their own.

In 1995, they released their debut full length album on Junior Boys Own.  The album’s title was the testament to their name change from Dust Brothers ( a name they borrowed from the west coast production team behind the Beastie Boys ) to the CHEMICAL BROTHERS.

Here is the WHITE LABEL version, pre-release….

There is no doubt that the Brothers have got some funk, and on this track they sampled some funk from one of the FUNKIEST organ players to bless the 88 keys… Mr. Jimmy McGriff!

From the Album THE WORM… here is Jimmy McGriff