Dummy and Astral Black are taking over The Bussey Building in Peckham, South London this Friday (June 5th), the second in a series of late night parties presented alongside labels we love. Entry is free – you just need to RSVP by emailing names to firstname.lastname@example.org – so there's no excuse not to be there.
Pretty much the whole Astral Black family will be present on the night: label boss Jon Phonics, regulars like DJ Milktray and Jaisu, residents like Bushido, newcomers like Drae Da Skimask, and other friends and associates will all be representing the Glasgow-based club/hip hop/rap/grime/beats/everything-in-between label.
Astral Black recently put out the debut long player from rather excellent Edinburgh beatmaker Jaisu – fittingly titled 'A Long Player'. Watching Jaisu work samples and hammer an MPC is a wonder to behold, so we thought we'd ask what he rates as the best sample flips out there. His selection covers Dilla, Just Blaze, and the collagist work of Moodymann.
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01. Will Smith Men In Black
Sample of: Patrice Rushen Forget Me Nots
Jaisu: "Will Smith murdered this classic, but not really in a good way. George Michael too, for Fastlove."
02. Slum Village Rock da Spot
Sample of: Patrice Rushen Remind Me
Jaisu: "A simple half-bar loop, but the way that Dilla freaks the bassline and sprinkles it with other sounds from the OG is amazing."
03. Slum Village Raise It Up
Sample of: Thomas Bangalter Extra Dry
Jaisu: "Slowed all the way down, anything goes."
04. J Dilla Won't Do
Sample of: The Isley Brothers Footsteps In The Dark
Jaisu: "One of my favourite Dilla beats using two records at once. One for drums and vocals, one for synths. He makes it sound easy."
05. Jay-Z So Ghetto
Sample of: Ennio Morricone Sporco Ma Distinto
Jaisu: "One of my favourite DJ Premier beats. The way he freaked the original had a big influence on me in terms of manipulating the rhythm of a sample."
06. Jay-Z Hovi Baby
Sample of: TLC Diggin On You (Live Version)
Jaisu: "Listen to the original. Enough said."
07. Jay-Z Kingdom Come
Sample of: Rick James Superfreak
Jaisu: "Listen to the original. Now listen to U Can't Touch This."
08. Fabolous Breathe
Sample of: Supertramp Crime Of The Century
Jaisu: "Another era-defining banger from Just Blaze. S-Type and I used to trip out over the surgical way in which the original was utilised."
09. Eric B & Rakim Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em
Sample of: The Commodores The Assembly Line
Jaisu: "Some of my favourite drums – Paul C managed to mangle the chant into some ghostly air."
10. Moodymann Amerika
Sample of: Idris Muhammad Turn This Mutha Out
Jaisu: "A small piece of a crazy collage of samples. Blink and you'll miss it."
Jaisu plays Dummy x Astral Black at The Bussey Building in Peckham, London on June 5th 2015 (RSVP for free entry).