The Spin on Original and Sampled Tracks

Hosts, Joe Watson and Toby Brazwell, connect the musical dots between legendary tracks and the often lesser-known songs they sampled. Uncover how these epic songs borrow from music of the past, enriching the musical landscape for generations to come.

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True Memories of Bliss

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In this episode, Joe and Toby explore the groundbreaking 1988 hip-hop duo P.M. Dawn and their De La Soul-esque ‘romantic hip-hop’ infused catalog of music. The group, composed of Jersey City brothers Attrell Cordes, known as Prince Be, and brother Jarrett Cordes, who went by DJ Minutemix, earned enormous success for their stream of pop hits in the 1990’s. The focus track, “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” (1991) was P.M. Dawn's first (and only) number-one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 and features a sample - everyone will recognize - from a memorable 80’s British new wave pop band.

What we geek out over in this episode: The soul music genre, saxophone solos, Bob James “Take Me to the Mardi Gras” (1974) and Run-DMC “Peter Piper” (1986), Joni Mitchell “The Boho Dance” (1975), Christina Applegate, MC KRS-One “The Bridge is Over” (1987) & “South Bronx” (1986), and the Boomerang movie (1992).

Bonus Material: Soul Searchers "Ashley's Roachclip" drum break from their 1974 album Salt of the Earth and the popular songs that sampled this memorable drum loop.

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