Saturday, 22 June 2013

DJ Zinc - Pranksters

DJ Zinc - Pranksters (True Playaz, 1996)

Adam F isn't the only drum & bass producer to take inspiration from Bob James who is one of the most sampled artists in hip-hop history. While several of his tracks have been sampled, two in particular regularly crop up: 'Take Me To The Mardi Gras' and 'Nautilus'. The former is the source of the bell filled break most famously used by Run-DMC on 'Peter Piper' while the latter is sampled for its keys, bassline and break on tracks such as A Tribe Called Quest's 'Clap Your Hands' and Ghostface Killah's 'Daytona 500'. It shouldn't be much of a surprise that DJ Zinc, one of the most hip-hop minded of drum & bass producers, has also sampled the smooth jazz pioneer.

'Pranksters', the AA side of 'Reach Out' on the second True Playaz release, opens with the floaty keys from the beginning of 'Nautilus' along with a vocal sample from Eazy-E's 'Real Muthaphukkin G's', taking the "Pranksters, studio gangstas, busters" line from B.G. Knocc Out's verse. A snippet of trumpet from 'Stomped & Wasted' by Dizzy Gillespie brings in the 'Worm' break and a rapid fire ascending/descending bassline before a "I like the bass that goes boom" vocal leads to the introduction of some tearing Amen. The second drop brings in a more standard Zinc bassline which always reminds me of Northern Connexion's 'Reel Funk'. Yet another ripper of a tune from Benjamin Pettit.

You can purchase the digital of 'Pranksters' over at Beatport. The track is also included in this huge 90 minute mix of Zinc material from Pearsall entitled King Of The Rollerz. Listen to the mix below and head over to for more info on the selection.

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