Monday, 13 May 2013

DJ Ascend & J B - As We Go

Asend & JB - As We Go (Back 2 Basics, 1998)

When I wrote about Asend's techsteppin' 'New Style' the other week I mentioned that this wasn't his usual sort of track and here on 'As We Go' he produces a more regular hip-hop heavy jump-up tune in collaboration with label boss Jason Ball. Like DJ Zinc's 'Feel' it samples the intro to 'La-Di-Da-Di' by Doug E. Fresh & MC Ricky D AKA Slick Rick, one of the most heavily sampled hip-hop records ever made, and also uses portions of two classic funk tracks.

Over a two-step beat it opens with the melancholy piano melody (and the accompanying drums) from Isaac Hayes' 'Ike's Mood', another track that has been sampled on hundreds of records including Massive Attack's 'One Love' and Foxy Brown's '(Holy Matrimony) Letter To The Firm'. On top of this Slick Rick's "Okay, party people in the house" and "As we go a little something like this... Hit it!" vocals come in while the drums are built up with the Hot Pants break. The drop brings in a Reese bassline vaguely reminiscent of Shimon & Andy C's 'Quest' with a low in the mix Amen being added to the drums. The horn stabs from the beginning of 'Cross The Track (We Better Go Back)' by Maceo & The Macks, a group that appropriately consisted of members of James Brown's backing band The J.B.'s, introduce a robotic square wave bassline which works in combination with the Reese for the rest of the track, while the piano, vocals and horn stabs all feature prominently throughout. Sampletastic!

Come back tomomorrow when I'll be looking at a track that also uses the 'La-Di-Da-Di' vocals as well as those from another well sampled eighties hip-hop track.

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