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The Samples on Charlie Heat’s ‘FIREWORKS’ Album
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The Samples on
Charlie Heat’s
‘FIREWORKS’ Album

After six Grammy nominations and collabs with the likes of Kanye West, Travis Scott and Madonna, it feels a bit strange to call FIREWORKS the debut of Charlie Heat. After three years worth of work, it feels more like a celebration of his fast rise as a superproducer. Including two Tracklib samples as the cherries on top.

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It’s no news that Charlie Heat knows how to find the right gems to sample. As small as Street Fighter soundbites on Kanye West’s “Facts (Charlie Heat Version)”, and as big as a Roberta Flack flip throughout last month’s “Coming Home” track by Pusha T featuring Lauryn Hill. And now finding and clearing samples through Tracklib have been added to his creative process.

Tracklib really came through on the samples for 2PC and Dream. Definitely a necessity for the album.

Charlie Heat

”2PC” featuring 24hrs samples “Love Caught You By Surprise (Club Version)”, released in 1985 by 4th & Broadway who also released music by Womack & Womack, Millie Scott, Sly & Robbie, and hip-hop such as N.W.A., Eric B & Rakim, Run DMC, and Stereo MC’s. The track by Earl Turner was later licensed by New York-based imprint Cutting Records, who have hundreds of dance and electronic tracks on Tracklib catching digital dust, waiting to be sampled.

A more interesting story is behind the background sample on “DREAM”, for which Charlie Heat subtly used Doc Shebeleza’s “Ghets Ghetsa.” Shebeleza is a legend in the Kwaito genre, a style of music that erupted in the 90s in townships of the southern part of Africa. It merged international influences from hip-hop, house, jazz, and ragga with earlier local styles of music. Tracks such as “Kumnandi La” and his entire S’Kumfete album helped shaped the Kwaito genre, which earned Doc Shebeleza a Lifetime Achievement Award at last year’s Mzansi Kwaito House Music Awards in South Africa.

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Intentionally or not, the Kwaito might have been a source of inspiration, as “DREAM” takes a left turn with an off-kilter drum pattern compared to the rest of the album. A welcome moment of relaxation between two hard-as-hell beats featuring Lil Baby, G Herbo, and Denzel Curry. Add the gospel on closing track “NEVER LOOK DOWN” and R&B vibes on “HAVE A GOOD TIME” featuring The Internet’s Syd to that, and you have a debut album showcasing Charlie Heat’s diversity as a producer. “G-g-g-good work, Charlie.”

Listen to the full album here.


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