This content is a commentary on the project, written by Oliver Wang on 9 Jan 2019.
Soul Sides / Sliced: Breaking Beats Down Main MenuBreaking Down: The Emotions' "Blind Alley" (Stax, 1972)Breaking Down: Sly and the Family Stone's "Sing a Simple Song" (1968)Joseph Schloss dissects Sly and the Family Stone's "Sing a Simple Song"Breaking Down: Cypress Hill's "How I Could Just Kill a Man"Breaking Down: The Impressions' "My Deceiving Heart"Breaking Down: The Souls of Mischief's "A Name I Call Myself" (1993)Oliver Wang918df11fe894a275490c89b013e2201b6eff6a54Loren Kajikawa8a2c7f4e0e5b2e790c0572a2adabcbdd73c09bf4Joseph Schloss0f83890ec22453923318b29cd83fe024cee91d9aBack to Soul Sides
I was recently listening to the Rotary Connection's excellent cover of "Respect" and it reminded me how the Souls of Mischief had used the fuzzed out psych guitar at the beginning of "Respect" for part of "A Name I Call Myself" (off '93 Til Infinity) and that lead me to listen to that song again (it had been a while) and maybe it's because I was a touch...uh, enhancedthat I finally realized that "A Name I Call Myself" was a partial beat suite, much like Del's "Burnt," a B-side recorded by Del, featuring members of the Hieroglyphics, that appeared on the flip of the "Mistadobalina" 12". "Burnt" offers a bigger bounty as it switches up the main track at least 4-5 times (while still using the same drums throughout) but "A Name I Call Myself" rotates through its own quartet of primary samples as well, all done over an inventive flip on the classic "Synthetic Substitution" drums. Del is given full production credit for the track which was surprising since "Burnt" was produced by committee (Del, A+, Casual, Opio & Tajai). Regardless, after a few repeated spins of "A Name I Call Myself," I decided to sit down and give the song a Sliced treatment.
Basics: "A Name I Call Myself" is comprised of five primary elements.
Drums, as noted, are a one-bar chop of Melvin Bliss's "Synthetic Substitution."
The first main sample we hear is a two-bar loop from Freddie Hubbard's CTI song, "Sky Dive."
The second primary sample, which is used both for the song's two choruses and elsewhere, is a sped-up, two-bar loop from "Early Autumn," by the Soul Flutes, also off CTI.
The third sample, which pops up twice, is the aforementioned "Respect" by Rotary Connection from their Cadet Concept album, Songs.
The fourth sample only shows up once, to underscore Opio's second verse : "A River's Invitation" by guitarist Freddy Robinson from his Off the Cuff album. (Note: the same bass line loop ended up powering the Domino-produced "Follow the Funk" off of Casual's Fear Itself debut).
There's a fifth sample, only used for two bars, that jumps in around 3:21 in the song and I'm still not sure what the source of that is. It doesn't sound like it's from any of the other sample sources.