Hi everyone and fans of rare grooves! Here is my second volume of funk mix with a heavy dose of deep funk, soul, jazz, disco and breakbeats sampled by hip-hop producers as well as downtempo & dance music producers :-)) Tracklisting with list of sampled songs included! With George Clinton, Sly Stone, Marlena Shaw, The Chi-Lites, The Temptations & The Winstons famous Amen brother.
Pump Up the Volume is a song by British recording act M|A|R|R|S. Despite being the act’s only single, it was a number-one hit in many countries and is generally regarded as a significant milestone in the development of British house music and music sampling. The single was the product of an uneasy collaboration between reggae group Colourbox and alternative rock band A R Kane, two groups signed to the independent art-pop label 4AD. The link-up was suggested by label founder Ivo Watts-Russell after the two groups had independently sounded him out about the possibility of releasing a commercially oriented dance record, inspired by the American house music that was starting to make an impact on the British charts. When the M|A|R|R|S project was first released early in 1987, the popularity of the style of the song had already started to grow. 1987 was also the year this song played as the soundtrack for the movie American psycho and the whole yuppie scene in NY city.
Just as important to M|A|R|R|S in the long run was the underground dance scene which was beginning to emerge in the UK, particularly records such as “Say Kids What Time Is It?” by Coldcut and “All You Need Is Love” by The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu. These sample-heavy dance records were critically acclaimed, but failed to achieve mainstream success.
The track was released to United Kingdom dance clubs in July 1987, on an anonymous white label with no artist credit. “Pump Up the Volume” entered the UK Singles Chart the following week at number 35, a strong initial showing for an unknown act, especially on 12″ sales. However, what gave “Pump Up the Volume” its commercial edge was the remix released a week later. This remix became the best-known version of the track, transforming it by the addition of numerous samples which provided the record with additional hooks besides its oft-repeated title chant, such as samples of tracks by Public Enemy, Criminal Element Orchestra and the Bar-Kays being used. It was this remix, rather than the original, that was edited down to create the 7-inch version of the track, which began picking up radio play.
As the first big British-made house hit, “Pump Up the Volume” marked a turning-point in the popularity of the genre. Eric B. & Rakim’s “Paid in Full”, which entered the top twenty in November, sold on the strength of a Coldcut remix which unashamedly recycled elements from the M|A|R|R|S single. This was a very rapid response indeed, since “Pump Up the Volume” seemed to catch the record industry off-guard. It was not until February 1988, four months after “Pump Up the Volume” reached the top ten, that the floodgates truly opened. Like “Pump Up the Volume”, many of the first major wave of British house hits were on independent labels. Not all of them displayed an obvious influence from M|A|R|R|S, though many did. Among the hits clearly following in M|A|R|R|S’ footsteps were “Beat Dis” by Bomb the Bass, “Theme from S’Express” by S’Express, and “Doctorin’ the House” by Coldcut featuring Yazz and the Plastic Population. These in turn spawned imitators from across Europe and the U.S. The sample montage craze would soon burn itself out, since many of the later records relied heavily on recycling the same samples already heard on the hits mentioned above.
Here is a partial list of samples (there’s 20 of them) used for Pump up the volume :
1) Bar-Kays, “Holy Ghost” : Drums, with moog
2) Criminal Element Orchestra, “Put the Needle to the Record” Vocal sample (“Put the needle on the record when the drum beats go like this”)
3) Eric B. & Rakim, “I Know You Got Soul (acapella version)” Vocal sample (“Pump up the volume, dance”)
4) Original Concept, “Pump That Bass’ Vocal sample (“Pump that bass”)
5) Trouble Funk, “Pump Me Up” Vocal sample (“Pump-pump me up”)
6) Public Enemy, “You’re Gonna Get Yours (My 98 Oldsmobile)” Vocal sample (“You’re gonna get yours”)
MARRS : Pump up the volume [4AD : 1987]
The Bar-kays : Holy ghost [Stax : 1978]
2001 saw the release of Kittenz and Thee Glitz, a critically-acclaimed LP that gained Felix mainstream exposure and worldwide coverage in dance music and fashion circles, and has often been mentioned as one of the pioneering releases of the electroclash movement. At the end of 2001, Felix won Best Album at the now-defunct Muzik Awards, beating the likes of Daft Punk that day. The ensuing fame brought Felix widespread popularity and remix work for superstars like Madonna, Britney Spears, and Kylie Minogue. The album’s first single, “Silver Screen Shower Scene” contains a sample of the The Flirts’s single “Passion”. The Flirts were a female trio from NY City who had several dance hits and music videos on MTV in the early eighties when the channel was still in its infancy. The group was created and masterminded by American Hi-NRG producer, Bobby Orlando aka ‘Bobby O’, an artist in his own right. I must say that while not being a fan of Felix da Housecat, especially since he’s an awful DJ, who gets booking only because of his fame, the sampled used here by is very well done. Felix took almost an hip-hop approach to sampling here. Instead of lifting the whole track, he went for just a little section of the original song, i.e. the bassline and the guitar riff. Silver scene cut one precise hook, while pitching it up and using timestretching technique.
As for the Flirts, if there’s one record which could be described as one of the sexiest, dirtiest record on the dancefloors ever, then it’s this record from the early 80’s. Before 1982 there weren’t many disco records which were entirely created with synthesizers and drumcomputers. It was (almost) always created with live instruments such as guitars and for example real horns. This record is completely electronic (maybe only the percussion is live) and it’s a blueprint for many Italo-records which followed afterwards. The Hotmix 5 guys from Chicago were canning it heavily in their mid-80’s radio-shows.
How Bobby Orlando did i t: I don’t know, but his sound has never been surpassed by others. Whenever u hear his productions, you’ll always recognise his sound. He also produced the very early version of Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls” before they went more “commercial”.
The Flirts : Passion [1982 : Undisc EP]
Felix da Housecat : Silver screen shower scene [2001 : Emperor Norton]