Cheers, I posted this as a private track since it’s so different from my typical stuff. Just changed to public to make it easier for voting. Kind of went off on my own tip with some of the samples, hah!
Really appreciate the shout out @waftlord, I’m my own worst critic, but was really pleased with this one and had fun working within the rules and samples.
1st place: @PineappleDave - Easy first place for me. What a vibe. Really creative and took the samples to another planet. Double time rhythmic head nodding, screw face material at its finest
Runners up: @DimensionsTomorrow - Some liquid swords type shit. Where’s GZA at?! Filth. Again took the samples somewhere completely different. Wicked. @rockpapergoat - Really cool chops, sound/mix and arrangement that keeps it interesting. Top tune.
Waftlord - I feel like I’m listening to ghostly international techy hip-hop I downloaded from Napster in 2001.
Dr Rumble - You have that boom bap sound nailed!
Sleepyhead - Especially the second half. Really dig the synth line.
Roman01 - Dig the synthy squelch sounds and skittery vox.
Jedilicious - Really like the grittiness of this.
Doug - Always tight and put together so well. Lovely sound.
Yabba - Lots of little subtle change ups/sprinkles/breaks to this make it really cool to me.
XYZer- Great sound to this.
Lemme start by giving props to everyone in here - I can feel everyone’s personality coming through AND - how many good beats there are in here. So hard to choose - I needed to listen to each 2 or 3 times and even come up with my own criteria for deciding.
@Synu - I love the drum programming and the vocoder type chorus. Fat bass line. Lots of room to breathe. I feel like of all of our beats, and this one I felt uses all the elements from the source material in both a creative way but also allows us beatmakers to recognize the original pieces in a way thats like . And the reason it climbs to the top for me is that it has that it keeps that 92 head nod vibe. So many good beats, I needed some criteria to decide, and that was it. Congrats!
@Unifono - I feel like you nailed that Sade bassline - which is soooo good in the original and surprisingly hard to reuse (I know cause I tried!) Listening to your beat I felt like I was in some underground 90’s club in London or Bristol in England and Portishead or Massive Attack were chillin out and getting ready to come on stage. The piano builds and those high vocals create that atmosphere. Damn, makes me nostalgic for when producers from North America and Europe were riffing off of each other’s movements - pushing the art to the next level. Triphop being born somewhere in there…
@waftlord - I love your programming. There is so much going on in there. Really busy and keeps my intellect stimulated while still having that head nod effect. Props! I confess I don’t know exactly where the original samples are (call me old school) but I could tell it was cut from the same cloth as the rest of our beats. I do wish the beat/bass popped out a bit more and went a bit deeper in the mix. I laughed out loud when you said it sounds like a limewire download. That helped me realise your are from that generation and you know exactly what you are doing with this beat.
Mad props to all again - and thanks for this community. It’s been so fun.