Time For Some Lightnin’

This week on the Seven O Clock sample, we continue our exploration of the music of Summerfest.

The world’s largest music festival kicks continues today on Milwaukee’s lakefront, so I thought it’d be smart to look into some of the samples we may hear at this year’s festival

Headlining the Miller Oasis on Friday night, rock/hip-hop super group N.E.R.D. will perform.

Their new album NOTHING is due out this fall, and their last album SEEING SOUNDS is one of my favorite releases of 2008. The first track on the album is a high energy party starter called “Time For Some Action”.

While this song contains NO ACTUAL samples, there is without a doubt, some creative idea sampling on this track. In 1973, poet and activist Lightnin’ Rod teamed up with Kool and The Gang to produce the album HUSTLER’S CONVENTION. This album has been sampled by Nas, Smiff and Wesson, The Jungle Brothers and Beastie Boys so naturally I had placed this track in my sample files. However after checking some album credits, I found that I was mistaken. But listen to the first 10 seconds of this track, and compare it to the first riff on “Time For Some Action”.
It’s really close!!!!

In an attempt to save face, here is a track that DID sample “Sport”


Milwaukee’s Rhythm Lab Radio | May 14th Playlist

Flying Lotus

Last Friday at 10pm on 88Nine was the return of Rhythm Lab Radio.  For those who unfamiliar with the show, it is 120 minutes of genre bending music that redefines the urban sound.  We added to new features called album of the week and download of the week to Rhythm Lab Radio.  Last week’s Album of the Week was Flying Lotus’ “Cosmogramma” and the download of the week was Trouble Andrew’s “Trouble Gang Mixtape”.  You can download the Trouble Andrew mixtape from here. We also had new music from the Gayngs record Relayted, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and the Nas and Damian Marley album Distant Relatives, which drops on May 18th.

Here is the playlist

Hour 1
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Spottie – Heritage EP (Choice Cuts)
Steve Reid – Lions of Juda
B.o.B. – Satellite (Hudson Mohawke Remix) – ATL RMX – Adult Swim
Quadron – “Buster Keaton” – Plug Research
Cee-Lo – “I Want You – Lady Killer –
Ratatat – “Party With Children – LP4
Joya Mooi – “When I Take A Step Back” – Hard Melk
Yacht – “Psychic City (Classix Remix)”
Bill Withers – “She Wants To (Get On Down)”
Kotchy – “Sing What You Want (Rusko’s Skwee Remix)”
Album of the Week
Flying Lotus – “Satelllliiiiiteee” – Cosmogramma – Warp
Flying Lotus – “…And The World Laughs With You (Ft. Thom Yorke)”
Flying Lotus – “Do The Astral Plane”
Kooley High – “Kooley is High”
Wale – “Break Up Song”
James Blake – “CMYK”
Hour 2
Def Harmonic – How Do We Let Go
Nas & Damian Marley – “As We Enter (Tinie Tempah remix)”
Mark Ronson – “Cirucit Breaker”
Joker – “Tron”
Rusko – “Hold On feat. Amber Coffman (Sub-Focus Remix)”
Killa Queenz – “Double Up feat. Lady Cham”
So Shifty f. Ward 21 – “Wine”
Telephoned – “Dancin’ On Me”
Download of the Week
Trouble Andrew f. Amanda Blank – “Run Hide”
Trouble Andrew f. Jofo – “Dream On”
Wiley ft. Emeli Sande – “Never Be Your Woman (Shy FX Remix)”
Sleigh Bells – “Rill Rill” – Treats – N.E.E.T.
Major Lazer – “Keep It Goin’ Louder (So Shifty 1961 Ska Remix)”
Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – “Dog With A Rope”
Slyvia Striplin – “You Can’t Turn Me Away”
Gayngs – “No Sweat” – Relayted Jagjaguar

Are You Feeling This | Nas & Damian Marley, Cults, Prophetic and Galactic

Lots of songs never make it to the radio that are getting lots of attention online. Live tracks, sanctioned and unsanctioned remixes, mash-ups, overlooked gems by unsigned artists. Every week on “Are You Feeling This,” we invite you to hear what the buzz is all about. You tell us what you think. Vote in the Are You Feeling This poll, leave a comment, send us an e-mail.

We have music from the Milwaukee’s Prophetic, Cults, Nas & Damian Marley, and a funky remix of a Galactic tune from their latest album Ya-Kay-May. Take a listen below and let us know what you think by voting in the “Are You Feeling This” listener poll.

Galactic – “You Don’t Know (Emynd Bounce Remix)” feat. Glenn David Andrews & Rebirth Brass Band (download)
Cults – “Go Outside”

Don’t Impeach this Drum Break!

This week’s Seven O’Clock sample is dedicated to the SUPER BREAKS! Those great drum breaks that producers can’t help but loop up!
Today’s selection has been sampled dozens and dozens of times…
Here are just s few of my personal favorites:

So who originally played this infectiously funky drum loop?

More Nas & Damian Marley, “As We Enter”

Few days ago I shared with you a new track from the forthcoming  Nas & Damian Marley collaboration called Distant Relative. Well the internet has blessed us with another track from the forthcoming album. I’m pretty sure the sample is from Mulatu Astatke (correct me if I’m wrong).  Let me know what you think.

Nas & Damian Marley – “As We Enter”

New Music from Nas’ and Damian Marley’s Distant Relatives Project

Some of you  may know that Nas & Damian Marley have a project called Distant Relatives.  It was rumored to have been released back in 2009, but now it will be out April 20th. They recently were invited by National Geographic to speak on the connections between Reggae and Hip Hop. Check out the track below.

Nas & Damian Marley – “Strong Will Continue”

Nas & Damian Marley| Distant Relatives – The Roots of Hip Hop & Reggae

National Geographic Music held an amazing forum this past Saturday in Washington, DC. The forum was on the African origins of hip hop and reggae and the deep-rooted connections betweent the two.   Hip hop icon Nas, and reggae icon Damian Marley (son of Bob Marley) lead this forum that was moderated by Sway (MTV news). In addition to Nas and Damian Marley, Kool Herc, Rakim, Daddy U-Roy, King Jammy, Jeff Chang, Pat McKay, Waterflow and DJ Red Alert were also part of the discussion. You can watch the discussion in its entirety below.

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The title of the forum was Distant Relatives which is the same name of the project from Nas and Damian Marley, which will be released on March 16, 2010. Below is a sneak peek from the forthcoming album.

Here is a little snippet of a song from the Album

Track listing for Distant Relatives:
1. Intro (Something New) (prod. Damian Marley)
2. As We Enter (prod. Damian Marley)
3. Revolutionary (prod. Damian Marley)
4. Count Your Blessings (prod. Damian & Stephen Marley)
5. Belief is Key (prod. Damian Marley)
6. Africa Must Wake Up feat. K’naan (prod. Nas, Damian & Stephen Marley)
7. Black Horizon feat. K’naan (prod. Damian Marley)
8. Only the Strong (prod. Damian & Stephen Marley)
9. Our Generation feat. Joss Stone & Stevie Wonder (prod. Damian Marley)
10. Empowerment (prod. Stephen Marley)
11. AID (prod. K’naan & Nas)
12. Let’s End It (Poverty) feat. K’naan (prod. 9th Wonder & Damian Marley)
13. The Earth feat. Bob Marley (prod. Salaam Remix, Damian & Stephen Marley)
14. Black Man’s Paper feat. Erykah Badu (prod. Afry) [UK Bonus]
15. Weed On feat. Snoop Dogg (prod. Damian Marley) [iTunes Bonus]