Friday 27 June 2008

Punching Pads

We've discussed tons of break records on here recently, so for a change lets take it back to the BEATS. Of course those records that we love so much also provide the inspiration and ingredients for some thrifty beatmaking! With years of experience a beat digger can develop an ear for a funky loop or a dope measure that just screams out "use me!" who are we to refuse?
So I asked the rest of my crew to put their producer hats on, and bring a lil sumthin' sumthin' type beat to this week's Record Club. And they did not disappoint me. Both ROB FAMILIAR and DJH brought some heavy shit to the table - so I thought it was only fair to rock a little LIVE beat on the spontaneous tip just using the records at hand on that club night, and punching it all in ad-hoc. OK so there were a few timing issues with my recording but hey I'm no metronome!!

Thanks to DJH for passing me a killer Library LP for the theme of the music...add some banging drums....and hey presto today we have not 1, not 2, but 3 dope beats to serve you readers and listeners!


I don't know how ROB has got the SKULLSNAPS drums sounding so crispy here, but I like it a lot. This beat is typical of ROB's smooth production techniques - and to great effect he milks the groove and then hits you with a variation towards the end of the track (I love the mesmerizing breakdown). Very subtle yet beautiful work.


DJH always amazes me how he can flip such different styles without veering off course. Here he takes on a 1992 mentality and this beat so reminds me of a Showbiz or Freestyle Professor's beat. And I mean that as a compliment of course. DJH is a complete equipment-freak so he knows how to get his sound right.


I gotta say I prefer the other 2 beats to my own, but this only inspires me to do better. Those that know me will tell you that I like to rock a beat RAW and off the top of the dome - rather like an MC would spit a freestyle. I leave those heavy production techniques to the REAL engineers.

Props to DJH and ROB.....thanks guys! Hold tight for next week's beats from SKYE and THE BEAT DETECTIVE.

Kid Dyno

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