DJ Soul Punk Presents
LEATHER & BREAKBEATS
Soul Punk Presents Denim, Leather & Breakbeats” is the first
in a series of compilations designed to celebrate the breakbeat within
specific musical genres including Hard Rock, Glam, Psychedelic & Progressive
Rock, Punk, New-Wave and Hardcore.
What is a breakbeat you might ask? The answer is in the name. It is simply
the beat of the song; specifically at the "break" in the song when
all the other musicians stop playing & let the drummer do his thing.
A breakbeat is a solo drum part but not necessarily a drum solo. Drum solos
are elaborately improvised passages, whereas a breakbeat is a stripped-down,
repeating pattern reflecting the beat of the song. The breakbeat has been
the inspiration for countless D.J.'s, who play the breakbeat back to back
on two turntables to create the rhythm over which the M.C.'s rap and the
B-Boys dance. It is the foundation & backbone of Hip Hop music and is
most often sampled from something funky from the 60's or 70's.
Did James Brown invent the breakbeat when he said, “Give the drummer
some!”? Probably, or at least most people would think so. Certainly
we could trace it back further to at least Max Roach, if not marching bands
and African tribal rhythms. Although the term itself must have been coined
during the inception of Hip Hop, the breakbeat is as old as the drum.
the importance of the Amen Break.
Do you feel like you’ve read this before? I do, in “Wax Poetics” perhaps,
or some other D.J. nerd journal. Anyway, it’s the awesome power of
the drum simply playing the beat of the song by itself that really gets ones’ ass
shaking & head nodding. And it’s that power that not only propels
the hottest, nastiest funk, soul & hip hop tracks, but also these classic
rock tunes that you may not have realized you could bump to. So smoke some
weed (optional), turn it up loud & dig these groovy sounds.
Denim, Leather & Breakbeats, kicks off with Atomic Rooster, seen on the
cover in all their badass, heavy metal hippie glory. They also open the mix
with a funky instrumental from their “In Hearing Of…” album
from 1971. British band Stray are up next with an anthem for us common folk.
No, that is not Joe Walsh on the James Gang track. It’s Bubba Keith,
the band’s fourth guitarist. Tiger B. Smith are German, look glam but
sound like Black Sabbath or Deep Purple. Titanic are Norwegian. Spooky Tooth
feature Gary Wright, of “Dream Weaver” fame, on vocals. Bloodrock
had a big AM radio hit with “D.O.A.” in 1971. Captain Beyond
feature original Deep Purple singer Rod Evans (voice on “Hush”).
Humble Pie feature Peter Frampton. I, of course, had to include a Rolling
Stones cover, which is courtesy of Mountain. Bedlam is a Cozy Powell
band produced by Felix Pappalardi of Mountain. Everybody knows the Thin
classic. Juan De La Cruz could be the Philippino Grand Funk with Wally
Gonzalez on guitar. Dust feature Marc Bell before he became a Ramone.
Power of Zeus
were on Motown subsidiary label Rare Earth. And last, but not least,
The Move, with Roy Wood, of Wizard, and Jeff Lynne & Bev Bevan, of E.L.O.,
appropriately end this mix with the words, “Good night.”
Find this and other DJ Soul Punk comps at Academy
Annex and Rockit Scientist Records, 33 St. Marks in the East Village.
DJ Soul Punk compilations from the same series dedicated to the breakbeat: