Wednesday, 3 July 2013

The Scarecrow - Garbage

The Scarecrow - Garbage (Joker Records, 1998)

It should come as little surprise that Bizzy B and Pugwash AKA The Dream Team have sampled Public Enemy on several occasions, with an earlier Joker release even being named 'Public Enemy'. On 'Garbage', the flipside of 'Tuttifrutti', they use vocals from a couple of Public Enemy tracks alongside several other well known hip-hop samples.

The track starts with the Hot Pants break and a three note guitar riff from James Brown's 'Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved' (along with his exclamations) that was made famous by Big Daddy Kane's 'Set It Off'. Over this they sample Chuck D's "Somebody in the house say yeah" line from the live excerpt that begins 'Caught, Can We Get A Witness'. The track takes it title from a second PE sample, this time from Flavor Flav on 'She Watch Channel Zero!': "You're blind baby, you're blind from the facts of who you are cause you're watching that garbage", now somewhat ironic given his numerous appearances on reality TV shows. It's a particularly frantic tune which uses the Amen break along with plenty of sirens and a multitude of other familiar vocal samples including the "Hold it now" line from Kurtis Blow's 'Christmas Rappin'. My favourite bit of the tune comes in around the three minute mark when a squelchier bassline drops for maximum devastation.

You can hear 'Garbage' in this excellent 97-99 Jump Up mix from Serum. Asbo Records recently released The Joker Project Vol. 1: The Return Of The Joker with updates of classic Joker tracks from the likes of Bladerunner, Billy Daniel Bunter & Slipmatt and Cabin Fever UK. The digital is available from Drum&BassArena and Beatport amongst others and you can listen to snippets below:

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