Intense breaks + soft music = ???
April 1, 2009 8:02 AM   Subscribe

Breakfilter: Help me find songs that have similar drum breaks to You Got Me by The Roots.

I've kind of been obsessed with this song for a few days. I'm talking about the drums that come in at around 3:30. To be more specific, it's not just the drums that attract me, but the drums set in such a laid back, jazzy background.

So basically I'm looking for some chill, jazzy hip-hop or trip-hop music that has some intense breaks in it. I like that contrast.

Side Question: What other hip hop groups use live instrumentals?
posted by azarbayejani to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: It's hard to do better than ?uestlove. But I think you should check out some drum 'n' bass. I'm no scholar, but Squarepusher does this exceptionally well. Check out Feed Me Weird Things for starters.

I don't think hip-hop groups using live instrumentation is as uncommon as it was in 1999, but two groups I've seen do it well in my area are Heiruspecs and Mel Gibson and the Pants.
posted by substars at 8:45 AM on April 1, 2009

You might like this track, it has a similar breakdown late into the song:

Venetian Snares - Öngyilkos Vasárnap
posted by ageispolis at 8:57 AM on April 1, 2009

You might like Omni Trio and LTJ Bukem
posted by 31d1 at 9:29 AM on April 1, 2009

Response by poster: Oh I'm very familiar with Venetian Snares, according to he's my most listened-to artist.

I've always thought of drum & bass as a pretty hard genre. Is there such thing as ambient dnb?
posted by azarbayejani at 9:43 AM on April 1, 2009

Best answer: Drum and bass is as varied of a genre as any other generic label. It can range from ambient and downtempo to harder breaks with rolling, growling basslines.

I would second LTJ Bukem's earlier work, especially the first couple Earth albums for a good example of ambient/atmospheric/jazzy jungle music. In a similar fashion, you may enjoy Adam F's Colours album which tends to use more atmospheric pads with breaks.
posted by seppyk at 9:53 AM on April 1, 2009

You may enjoy Yesterday's New Quintet.
(Note: 'Similar Artists' on that page are all madlib projects.)
posted by carsonb at 11:06 AM on April 1, 2009

Best answer: Instead of ambient dnb, why not ambient dub? Just turn the 'n' upside down and you get artists like Ital Tek, Scuba, Benga.
posted by ageispolis at 11:08 AM on April 1, 2009

I've always been mystified by electronic subgenres myself, so let's take seppyk's advice. I always thought hard DnB==jungle, FWIW.

But I really came back to this thread because I just thought of Red Snapper, specifically Our Aim Is To Satisfy...
posted by substars at 3:56 PM on April 1, 2009

Try some de-phazz, their track "April Showers" poss. and in general if you like the sampledelica / chillout end of thing
posted by yoHighness at 8:28 PM on April 1, 2009

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