Thursday, 21 February 2013

The Scarecrow - Tuttifrutti

The Scarecrow - Tuttifrutti (Joker Records, 1998)

Hip-hop has been a huge influence on drum and bass and jungle, beginning with many of the breaks which were first used by hip-hop producers who were sampling soul and funk records. Sometimes the influence is even more explicit though, with rap vocals and other samples familiar from hip-hop used in drum and bass, particularly in the jump-up style. In the mid to late nineties The Dream Team AKA Bizzy B and Pugwash were among the leading proponents of this sound and with 'Tuttifrutti' in their Scarecrow alias they go overboard with samples from several hip-hop records.

The track opens with a funky piano and bass riff from Joe Williams with Thad Jones and The Mel Lewis Orchestra's version of 'Get Out Of My Life, Woman', a sample used by a multitude of hip-hop artists including Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, Funkdoobiest, Main Source and Biz Markie. Over this there are three vocal samples beginning with "And now for my next number, I'd like to return to the classics", a much sampled line first used by De La Soul on 'Plug Tunin' which is actually the voice of the extravagant pianist Liberace introducing a live performance of 'Chopsticks'. They also use the "Hold It Now" line from Kurtis Blow's 'Christmas Rapping', also sampled by many other artists such as the Beastie Boys on 'Hold It Now, Hit It'. Lastly, just before the drop it uses the sample that gives the track its name - "Ain't nothing but tutti frutti / Get on the floor if you got that booty" from Beatmaster Clay D.'s 'Boot The Booty'. The main portion of the track has a big fat bassline with a simple break that sounds like a small portion of the Amen. The bassline is given a pitch change midway through and the samples from the intro appear throughout. A catchy tune that will move any jump-up minded dancefloor.

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