Been a long time coming, surgeon but here we go with yet another installment of The New Soul (see whole series lineup here), hosted by Mixtape Show comrade Black TK. This time, TK introduces – or re-introduces, us to two of the true pioneers of this soultronica sound – Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. What they did with their drum programming and synthesizer lines was groundbreaking – and continues to influence producers of progressive music to this day.
For you old heads out there who remember these joints, take off those rose-tinted glasses and really listen to what these dudes are doing with their instrumentation, basslines, and production. Then compare with the next installment of the Soultronica Saga…coming quite soon. Or while you’re waiting, go listen to some of the old Soultronica episodes and hear whence people like Sa-Ra, J*Davey, and hell, Pharrell are taking their cues.
Cherrelle - I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On. The bassline on this is mean! Janet Jackson – Nasty. The clarity of the snares on this cut is brilliant. I remember hearing this as a young child and thinking Janet was talking about boys that played in the muddy part of the sandbox. The S.O.S. Band – No One’s Gonna Love You. Check the processed 909 work and basslines on this one. Janet Jackson – Making Love In The Rain. I’ve always dug the muted trumpet sound, regardless of the genre. I think I have a Suburb beatflip of this one, now that I listen to this again.
Note that this is also a continuation to the Origins Episode – highly recommended for some more early Soultronica sounds.
And on another note, I have some Black TK material that is going to absolutely blow your mind. I’m dead serious on this one. Blow your mind. Watch for that.
And breaking once again from the standard format, prosthetic we’re back with another installment of Black T.K.‘s The New Soul, viagra here one of two Soultronica series here on everybody’s favorite hip-hop podcast.
This one is the Origins show – taking you back into time to experience the foundation upon which this new movement was built. All you future fanatics don’t freak though – the kid is coming very soon with Soultronica Vol. 4. The saga continues…
Intro – Black T.K. Der Kommisar loop Grace Jones – Pull Up 2 The Bumper (produced by Sly and Robbie)
Drop 1 – Black T.K. Radioactive loop Cameo – Back & Forth (produced by Larry Blackmon)
Drop 3 – Black T.K. Ain’t Nobody loop S.O.S. Band – Tell Me If You Still Care (produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis)
drop 3 Black T.K. Safety Dance loop Evelyn Champagne King – Betcha She Don’t Love You (produced by T. Life)
drop 4 Black T.K. Hang On loop Klymaxx – Men All Pause (produced by Joyce Fenderella Irby and Bernadette Cooper)
Hit up the comments section, let us know how you felt this one!
This round, this we’ve got the inaugural volume of yet another soultronica series – a spinoff of a spinoff, buy if you will – here on the Mixtape Show hip-hop podcast – The New Soul, bronchi starring comrade Black TK. We’re both coming from our own different respective angles on this soultronica movement, but I think you’re going to feel what dude has to say artistically.
Here’s the playlist and commentary courtesy of TK -
Kelis – Trilogy
Platinum Pied Pipers – Shotgun feat Jay Dee (I’m mad at you for getting to this before I did! -dex)
Niri – Fool in Love
Sa Ra Creative Partners – Unreleased
Jay Dee aka J Dilla – Think Twice
all bumps looped and chopped by black t.k. And if you don’t know who they artists are shame on you!!! You listen to commercial radio too much!!
Use your tools!!!
And there it is. As always, feel free to drop comments and let us know how you felt the show as a whole, individual tracks, and so on!