New Release: Union – ‘Analogtronics’

 

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Oozing fantastical sci-fi goodness, Analogtronics is the debut album by Parisian hip hop group Union, and we suggest you not sleep. Above, find a super smooth tune accompanying some live footage and below, take a listen to “Digital Delight” featuring none other than Guilty Simpson. Loving the Detroit vibe mashed up with these ambient space sounds.

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Union – “Time Leak” ft. Talib Kweli

 

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Union has dropped a triangle shaped single for their cosmic electronic “Time Leak” featuring Talib Kweli. The futuristic video above features a bluish lab with a noded up hot bald chick grooving on display.

Look out for their debut album also featuring MF Doom, Elzhi, and Guilty Simpson, to release later this year!

Purchase “Time Leak” (12″ Neon Triangle) on Fat Beats

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Incognito & Samples

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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.

Leave a comment with more sample knowledge and we’ll be your best friend.

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Blackstreet – “Booti Call” (1994)

Girl Talk – “Give Me A Beat” (2008)

The Green Album and Stay True

Check out this album which features remixes of Al Green’s classics with artists such as Jay Z, Common, Fugees, Method Man, MF Doom, Busta Rhymes, The Pharcyde, Notorious B.I.G., De La Soul, AZ, Nas, Pharaohe Monch and Mos Def.

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