For anyone with even a remote societal awareness its glaringly evident this year has been all about going back to the time of Wesley & Woody, Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince and the days when Tupac reigned supreme. This time is otherwise known as the (early) 90’s.
Flambouyancy, extravagance and baggyness (for want of a word) was all the rage back in the 90’s, you could either be dressed head to toe in denim or look like you just rolled off the set of “House Party” and you were considered to be in trend. Flannel Shirts, Overalls and a pair of Timbaland boots would get you a long way in those days, but as much as the 90s orchestrated a movement in a fashion sense, musically a clutch of US producers and artists emerged who were soon to become International superstars for the way they changed the face of modern-day Hip-Hop and R&B.
One producer who changed the game in an instant was Timothy Zachery Mosley, known to many as Timbaland. Taking artists like Aaliyah, Missy Elliott and Ginuwine under his wing he curated a new style of Urban music which oozed originality, style and a sex appeal which had Club’s across the world spinning his tracks quicker than Vanilla Ice’s career span.
Fast forward to 2011 and we’re now being enveloped with a new breed of Electronic music which is encommpassing Dubstep, House, Minimal, Garage and Electro all into one. And the significant ingredient to much of its popularity is within the sampling for the records themselves.
Joy Orbison, Blawan, Mele, Deadboy, Jacques Green, Koreless, Hackman, Bwana, James Blake and Hudson Mohawke are just a few of the biggest names dominating the scene right now and part of their success is down to the original workings of a clutch of US artists who helped shape the face of modern day Urban music as we now know it.
Here is a clutch of producers who have mastered some classic sampling to brilliant effect:
- Jacques Greene’s deep & soulful re-hashing of Cassie’s “Must Be Love” :
- San Francisco Producer Kastle refixing Brandy’s 1994 classic “I Wanna Be Down“. Real broody:
- Leeds’ own House beatmaker Hackman stamping his mark on an Alicia Keyes’ “No One” :
- Glasgow’s Legendary Hudson Mohawke putting a signature vibe on Janet Jackson’s “Pleasure”. One of 2011’s best :
- Mele’s “Digits”, a re-edit of TLC’s quintessential hit ‘No Scrubs‘ :
There is undoubtedly a new era of house producers breaking through and there are of course many more that could be added to this list. If there are any you feel are worthy of a mention drop them in the comment box below.
Peace & Love.