Sunday, 10 February 2008

Strange Breaks & Mr. Thing

V/A - Strange Breaks & Mr. Thing (BBE)


Hip Hop spinner and former Scratch Pervert Mr. Thing steps up to BBE’s legendary compilation table with an earthy selection of music from the 60s and 70s that has been used and abused by modern studio kings. Focussing on the sort of funkin’, jazzin’ and rockin’ material that has yielded breaks for rappers to spit lyrics over, the compilation proves that there’s infinitely more to sample sources than the actual short slices of tracks that have been half inched. Musically, Strange Breaks & Mr. Thing is a mixed bag, but it flows rather well and contains excellent cuts such as Lloyd Charmers’ adoring I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More, Original Tropicana Steel Band’s effortlessly cool Calypso Rock and Chain Reaction’s dreamy Hogtied. The wealth of musical gems on this compilation reminds us that it can pays to look beyond the minute samples and investigate the bigger musical picture.


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