Thursday, 4 July 2013
Natural Born Chillers - Rock The Funky Beat
Natural Born Chillers - Rock The Funky Beat (Urban Takeover, 1996)
Arguably the best known drum & bass track with a Public Enemy sample is this one from Natural Born Chillers, a duo made up of Arif Salih and Lee Parker. It originally came out on Urban Takeover in 1996 but due to popular demand it got a wider release through EastWest in November 1997. Featuring remixes from 187 Lockdown and Aphrodite & Micky Finn, the single reached number thirty on the UK charts, a rare achievement for a drum & bass tune at the time.
It is based around Chuck D's "If y'all really like the rock the funky beat... Check this out" vocal from the live segment at the beginning of 'Caught, Can We Get A Witness', cutting and looping the words to make an incredibly infectious hook. It couples this with a equally memorable bassline based on the Rougher Yet/Love Bump riddim and drums using the Life Could, Hot Pants and Apache breaks. There is also a cut-up "Get down to the funky beat" vocal taken from Funky Four's 'Feel It (The Mexican)', an early hip-hop/electro track that interpolates Babe Ruth's Morricone inspired 'The Mexican' (a great track by the way, also sampled by Jungle Brothers and Organized Konfusion amongst others).
An undeniably catchy tune that was something of a one hit wonder, although it did earn Natural Born Chillers remix work for the likes of Busta Rhymes, Jungle Brothers and Gravediggaz. You can hear the Urban Takeover remix in this All Aphrodite & Micky Finn mix from DJ Jamie of Section 23: