Personally, sampling has been an integral part of my musical life. From writing a column about the latest breaks being used on hip-hop records for Hip Hop Connection in 1990 to Acid Jazz founder Eddie Pillar and I compiling the Blue Break Beats compilation in 1992 to help clear some of the biggest samples of the 2000s for the original artists. For me, [sampling] comes down to artists I love having their names brought to a new generation. And those same artists making some money from their work when maybe they hadn't before.
It's my friend Bobby Marin's joy when we finally got his name added to the songwriting credits for Christina Aguilera's “Ain't No Other Man' and the cheque changing his life. So was having the production credit for such a big hit, of course.
Nimbus Sextet are gloriously funky but with a jazzy twist As such, they are perfect to put in your Akai MPC2000—as I say this, I realize I may be a bit out of date on the technology!
Reggae has always been a part of what we do. The music was a part of the London club scene which Acid Jazz emerged from. Nick and David who are the Soul Revivers are very much a part of that. The same goes for newly recorded reggae. We have a deep catalog from Jamaican producer Jah Thomas, whose productions include incredible works with the likes of Early B and King Tubby as well as Super Cats’ Dance Inna New York as sampled by Nas on “The Don.”
All music on Acid Jazz is an act of collaboration and down the years we have worked with many great artists including Gil Scott-Heron, Gang Starr, Paul Weller, Kenny Burke, and Terry Callier.
Acid Jazz was intrinsically linked with that world of classic hip-hop. We hung out with the likes of Gang Starr and were DJing with the same records that they were sampling—as well as discovering what they were sampling and playing that in our DJ sets. Our bands were influencing what those acts were hearing, and the Brand New Heavies created new breaks for bands like Arrested Development to sample as well as collaborating with many of the leading lights on Heavy Rhyme Experience Vol. 1.
“In the early days, none of us were really aware of sample laws. That allowed a lot of freedom of choice. I think that Tracklib can help to recreate that feeling.”
—Dean Rudland (Director of Acid Jazz)
I love the idea of opening our catalog out to more and more people. We spent a lot of time making beautiful recordings and we feel that allowing other producers to use those sounds is a great idea.
In the early days of working as producers of music, none of us were really aware of sample laws. That allowed a lot of freedom of choice. I think that Tracklib can help to recreate that feeling.
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