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On their new album Transatlantic RPM, Incognito remakes a heavily-sampled classic, “Lowdown,” originally by Boz Scaggs. The remake is infused with the vocal soul power of Chaka Khan and Mario Biondi while preserving the hip-hop rhythms that sprouted from the original.
Boz Scaggs - original version of “Lowdown” (1976)
Whether you’re a hip-hop fan, producer, or just an educated listener, you’ll probably hear something familiar in this. The various layers of rhythm in the Boz Scaggs track have been sampled enough in old school hip-hop to qualify “Lowdown” as a break beat classic. Scaggs’ drums are easy enough to spot, but that flipped bassline produces a bit of a challenge in discovering samples.
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