While, it’s not necessarily “freestyle,” these MCs from Kanye’s brainchild G.O.O.D. Condiment Sandwich brings forward breakbeat jazz with a touch of hip-hop. Without hesitation, Hann stated that they find the inventiveness exhilarating.
After all, some fans prefer artists that stick to a tried and true concert formula, playing a tune live that is indistinguishable from the studio version. Other fans want something a little more diverse. Bands that play a different set list every night, for instance.
After taking a hiatus from hip-hop to explore house music and produce Stevie Wonder tribute shows, DJ Spinna returns with his latest album, Sonic Smash. In part one of this lengthy interview, the humble producer speaks on the 90’s NY underground scene and how Funkmaster Flex almost stole his record.
Ready Or Not, Here I Come (The Delfonics) – This music sample was actually made popular by Timberland when he arranged his partner Missy Elliott with the wonderful hit for Sock It 2 Me. This became so hot which turned out to be Missy Elliot’s best work. Da Brat was even invited on it.
Given the nature of EOTO’s live shows, do the masters of musical improvisation feel pressure to top the last show or enjoy the freedom to explore uncharted territory? Without hesitation, Hann stated that they find the inventiveness exhilarating.
Though the home base of drum and bass is in the UK, this infectious genre has spread itself globally. Strong scenes include: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, and the United States. Drum and bass also enjoys popular in Eastern and Northern Europe as well as South America, particularly Brazil and Venezuela. Asian drum and bass scenes include Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
It’s not hard to piece together how or why it all started. Of course masses would come together just to “listen” to something so totally different from anything ever before. Sure there were elements of earlier genres-freestyle, b-boy, disco, etc.of course we imported the early House from Europe. But we transcended it somehow. What was created in Florida in the 90s was a movement- bonded together spiritually by a love of music- which we were creating as well as listening to. It could be said that the Florida breakbeat scene in the 90s transformed itself somehow into an all-inclusive, self-sustaining organism. At some point the organism itself (the scene) began to morph on its on, eventually controlling even those instrumental in creating it.
Eventually, the idea of the “vibe” became more widespread, encompassing everything- the music, the people, the overall feeling of the party. Almost everyone believed in it now. Ravers believed that this entity could appear out of nowhere, much like the “Holy Spirit”, coming down upon the party and blessing it with good times.
Though it is frequently played on the radio in the UK, drum and bass’s real life line is the internet. Its online presence is immense, specifically with internet radio stations dedicated to the genre and its promotion. The latest mixes also come from the internet. Two of the most popular drum and bass website are Drum and Bass Arena and Dogs On Acid.