Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Chris Read - Classic Material #9 (1995)

Edition #9 of our monthly Classic Material series pays tribute to the hip hop of 1995. The output of '95 arguably typifies what is often referred to as the 'mid 90s sound', with filtered and layered grooves accompanying crisp programmed drums at a tempo generally far lower than in previous years. The general trend for decreasing tempos peaked in '95 with a significant proportion of single releases barely breaking the 90bpm mark.

1995 is also notable for the rise of a darker more melancholy production style with even the darkest of backdrops (Mobb Deep's Shook Ones Part 2 for example) scoring as unlikely club hits. There were of course also a host of more typically upbeat club tracks, Blahzay Blahzay's 'Danger' and ODB's 'Shimmy Shimmy Ya' being good examples.

Chris Read / Classic Material Intro
Das Efx / Intro
Grand Puba / I Like It (Instrumental)
Chris Read / Theme #3 Scratchapella
Mic Geronimo / Masta I.C. (Instrumental)
Funkdoobiest / Dedicated (Acapella)
Jamal / Fades Em All (Pete Rock Remix Instrumental)
Mark B Feat Mcm / A Certain Special Skill (Instrumental)
Das Efx / Here It Is
Das Efx / Can’T Have Nuttin (Instrumental)
Bushwackas / Caught Up In The Game
Suprême Ntm / Tout N’Est Pas Ci Facile
Blahzay Blahzay / Danger
Show And Ag / Time For
Ill And Al Skratch / Don’T Shut Down On A Player (Acapella)
Organised Konfusion Feat O.C. / You Won’T Got Far
World Renown / Long Jev (Vocal)
World Renown / Long Jev (Instrumental)
Common / Resurrection 95 (Acapella)
Show And Ag / You Know Now (Buckwild Remix)
Pete Rock & Cl Smooth / Searching (Remix)
Pete Rock & Cl Smooth / Searching (Remix Instrumental)
Erick Sermon / Bomdigi (Acapella)
Masta Ace Incorporated / Phat Kat Ride (Instrumental)
Masta Ace Incorporated / Terror
Mobb Deep / Give Up The Goods (Instrumental)
Lords Of The Underground / What I’M After (Acapella)
Lords Of The Underground / What I’M After (Bonus Beats)
Funkdoobiest / Who Ra Ra (Instrumental)
Pharcyde / 4 Better Or 4 Worse (Acapella)
Chubb Rock, Masta Ase And Special Ed / Crooklyn Dodgers Part 2

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