Wednesday, April 21, 2010

What's That Sound? Chas & Dave invented Hip-Hop

We're back with another delve in the crates to bring you obscure samplistics and trace the genesis of beats.

Not strictly NuFunk this time, but hey, a sample is a sample, right?

First up a bit of history. Specifically the history of these two luvverly cock-er-nies:

Their names? Chas & Dave. Their music? Well it sounds a bit like this:

So how the f*ck is that in any way connected with Hip-Hop / Funk / anything else in the realm of decent music?

Allow me to explain.

For this to make any sense you have to understand that despite all appearances to the contrary, Chas (Charles Hodges) & Dave (David Peacock) were once very well-respected session musicians.

They worked with many artists around the world including Labi Siffre - a jazz musician and poet who wrote the song 'It Must Be Love' (later covered by everyone from Madness to Rik Fu*king Waller).

In particular, Chas & Dave worked on a track called 'I Got The' from Siffre's 1975 album 'Remember My Song'.

This song went on to become the basis for the Dr Dre-produced Eminem vehicle 'My Name Is'.

But not only that. The song was also sampled by Wu-Tang Clan, Jay-Z, Def Squad and even Primal Scream.

For my money, the best riff is at the start - the one that Jay-Z and Def Squad jumped on, but you can hear the Dre loop around 2.10.

Anyway, here it is, in all its Chas & Dave-ish glory:

Siffre's 'Remember My Song' album is still widely available, and this track also appears on his greatest hits compilation, 'The Best Of Labi Siffre'. All of his work is worth checking out for heavy atmospheric grooves.

Until next time, keep your fingers dusty and your grooves clean.

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