Parallel Thought – Eccentric Breaks & Beats Volume 2

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With 2011 being Parallel Thought’s 10 year anniversary, they decided to create a project that would represent the hard work they had put in over the past decade. Being a classic hip hop production group, their appreciation for samples and the artists of an older era seemed natural to evolve the project into a instrumental mix of beats, breaks and edits of songs that moved the soul. By choosing one labels library (the mighty Numero Group) to use as the source for their musical collage, they found creative freedom to use parts of samples that would normally be avoided in conventional hip-hop because of clearance issues.

Been meaning to post this for ages… something a little different, good mix to ride out what’s left of Friday. Parallel Thought are great producers and Numero is the best re-issue label of all time, that’s already enough for a recommendation. But what really clenched this mix for me was the use of some of my absolute favorite songs from Numero compilations: the instrumental version of Syl Johnson’s ‘Is It Because I’m Black’, Mitch Mitchell’s ‘Never Walk Out On You’, and James Kind’s time stopping ‘California Lady‘. Astute listeners will also spot a quality RJD2 sample taken from Wee’s psych soul opus You Can Fly On My Airplane.


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