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December 6, 2016 Leave a comment
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Don’t search for any Orb tracks on this mix. There aren’t any. It’s a mix of the songs The Orb have used and sampled in the course of their first albums! Rock, pop, soul, dub, reggae, avant-garde electronics, Space samples, radio shows, jazz and classical are here 🙂 Enjoy this Orbesque mix!
Tracklisting :
1) A conversation with Ricki Lee Jones / Little Fluffy Clouds (1990)
2) Steve Reich feat. Pat Metheny : Electric Counterpoint – Fast (Movement 3)/ Little Fluffy Clouds (1990)
3) Ennio Morricone : L’uomo Dell’armonica / Little Fluffy Clouds (1990)
4) Bill Evans : Spartacus Love Theme / Spanish Castles in Space (1991)
5) Dunya Yunis : Abu Zeluf / Outlands (Glastonbury 26.6.93) (1993)
6) Prince Far I : Long life (Blue room 1992)
7) Martin Luther King : I have a dream speech / Outlands (Glastonbury 26.6.93)
8) Misty in roots : Man kind / Perpetual Dawn (Ultrabass 2 1991)
9) Burning Spear – Civilised reggae / U.F.Orb
10) Johnny Osbourne and Papa Tullo – Back Off / Star 6 & 7 8 9
11) The Upsetters Blackboard Jungle Dub / Outlands
12) Harry Nilsson – Jump Into the Fire / Drums on Little Fluffy Clouds (1990)
13) Mad Professor – Fast Forward Into Dub / (Blue room 1992)
14) Victor Lewis-Smith – An Ting / Towers of Dub
15) The Tape-Beatles – Desire / Majestic
16) Antonio Vivaldi – E, R.271 “L’Amoroso”: 2nd Movement “Cantabile” / Into the Fourth Dimension
17) Gregorio Allegri – Miserere / Into the Fourth Dimension
18) Trailer from Flash Gordon (1990) / Earth (Gaia)
19) Colin Wilson : Notes on Abraham Maslow: The Peak Experience / O.O.B.E.
20) Footage of Apollo Missions (Part 1) – For all mankind part 1 / Back side of the Moon
21) Sex Pistols – Big Tits Across America / Back side of the Moon
22) Footage of Apollo Missions (Part 2) – For all mankind part 1 / Back side of the Moon
23) Minnie Riperton – Lovin’ You / A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From the Centre of the Ultraworld
24) Bobby and Betty Go to the Moon (1966) / KLF : 3 A.M. Eternal (Blue Danube Orbital) [1989]
25) Peter Page as Rags the Robot Dog, Marya Small as Dr. Nero and Woody Allen as Miles Monroe in Sleeper (1973)

Breaking bad mix tape – best tracks of the seminal tv show

August 4, 2016 Leave a comment

sound_systemHaving binged watched Breaking bad for the 4 th time, this time in 3 weeks, I have compiled a simple mix of some of  the best tracks. Needless to say, if you haven’t watched this show yet, do yourself a favor and lock yourself in your basement and binge watch the best show ever on the small screen cuz unlike what Walter White said, ”masturbating, watching Breaking bad and eating cheetos all day does constitute plans”!

 

 

 

Top 5 Breaking bad tracks :

1) Tommy James And The Shondells : Crystal Blue Persuasion : Wanna cook ? (1968)

Crystal Blue Persuasion is a 1968 song originally recorded by Tommy James and the Shondells and composed by Eddie Gray, Tommy James and Mike Vale. A gentle-tempoed groove, “Crystal Blue Persuasion” was built around a prominent organ part with an understated arrangement, more akin to The Rascals’ sound at the time than to James’s contemporary efforts with psychedelic rock. In 2012, “Crystal Blue Persuasion” was used in the eighth episode of the fifth season of Breaking Bad, “Gliding Over All”, during a montage depicting the process involved to bring main character Walter White’s methamphetamine operation and its signature blue crystal meth to an international level.

2) The Peddlers : On A Clear Day : 1968

The Peddlers were a British jazz/soul trio of the 1960s and 1970s.In 2012, The Peddlers’ 1968 jazz cover was used in season 5 episode 3 (“Hazard Pay”) of AMC-TV’s Breaking Bad over a montage of Walt and Jesse’s meth manufacturing.

 

3) EL-P & Trent Reznor : Flyentology (Cassettes Won’t Listen Remix) 

EL-P aka El Producto, is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer and record executive from Brooklyn, New York City. Originally a member of Company Flow, El-P has been a major driving force in alternative hip hop for more than two decades, producing for several notable underground rappers. Here he collaborates with Trent Reznor of Nine inch nails fame.

4) Flavor Flav : Unga Bunga Bunga 

Plays in the background of the big party bash of Jesse Pinkman’s flat.  From Flavor Flav of Public Enemy fame. It is his first solo album and the only non-Public Enemy album made by him

5) Thee Oh Sees : Tidal Wave 

If or when I’ll throw a party, I ll be sure to put this on. A killer surf tune! In 2011, the band’s single “Tidal Wave” was featured in the Breaking Bad episode “Salud“, where it plays over Gus Fring’s poisoning of Don Eladio and his capos.”Fill your pockets and leave in peace, or fight me, and die!”

Sampled mix

de laSampling, the art of taking a few seconds of an old song, and looping it with while making all together a brand new song. I first discovered what sampling was about when I watch a BBC documentary around 1996 when De la soul were featured sampling a record on a Akai MPC3000. Then, I discovered ATCQ, Massive attack and countless of others. I became fascinated by the whole culture. Record collecting yes but above all what were these mysterious records used by people such as Marley Marl, DJ Shadow or Alex Patterson. The most beautiful thing you learn from it is the tremendous music culture one can gain through listening to those old records like Marlena Shaw and Woman of the ghetto that was released on Blue note. At the time Massive attack released Mezzanine, the Internet existed (in 1998) but it could takes years before you could be able to identify what a particular sample was used. You had to buy the record, and that’s what I did. Take Black Milk for instance. The bassline comes from Manfred Mann’s tribute (1972). I probably discovered it 10 years after Mezzanine’s release. That’s what the true idiosyncracies of sampling were, and still are : bringing obscure bands or songs of the past at the forefront of modern music. David Axelrod is good example of that : he was brought back on the music by being sampled by DJ Shadow.

There are so many good old records. Remember that everything comes from something else. Knowing the musical roots is essential and in this day an age of the age of the Internet there are no excuse for being ignorant and lazy. Everyting is one click away and sites like Whosampled provide comprehensive guidelines for beginners.

Here are my top 5 favorite samples :

  1. The Chi-Lites – Are You My Woman (1970)
  2. Banbarra – Shack Up (1975)
  3. Freddie Hubbard – Little Sunflower (1967)
  4. Moondog – Bird’s Lament (1969)
  5. Pekka Pohjola – Sekoilu Seestyy  (1974)
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Blue lines a masterpiece of sampling

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