#ThrowbackThursday: Fatboy Slim – ‘The Rockafeller Skank’


   

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Fatboy Slim (aka Norman Cook) is known for his incredible and creative use of samples to craft his tracks and this year sees his 1998, big beat smash hit, ‘The Rockafeller Skank’ (taken from the huge album, You’ve Come A Long Way Baby) turn 20…and it’s still as awesome as it was back then!

This particular track features vocal samples by rapper, Lord Finesse, from the track ‘Vinyl Dog Vibe’ by Vinyl Dogs, as well as ‘Sliced Tomatoes’ by Just Brothers, The Bobby Fuller Four‘s ‘I Fought the Law’ (featuring DeWayne Quirico‘s drum intro), ‘Beat Girl’ by John Barry and a guitar hook from the song ‘Peter Gunn’ by Art of Noise featuring Duane Eddy is also sampled.

It’s incredible to think that this song is made up of all those samples, each from a completely different background but when put in this context, have created something unique and truly epic in its own right.

There’s no doubt about it; this song was a big hit for his back in 1998 but it is timeless due to its distinctive sample use and sound. This could quite easily have been released in 2018 and is still as brilliant as it ever was! An incredible track by an incredible artist!

What are your thoughts of this epic Brightonian artist’s 1998 smash hit? Still love it as much today? Got a #ThrowbackThursday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

Matt – Muzik Speaks
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‘The Rockafeller Skank’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/rockafeller-skank/1138887546?i=1138887721


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#Two4Tunesday: The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – ‘Something Just Like This’ & Zedd – ‘Stay’ featuring Alessia Cara


   

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The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – ‘Something Just Like This’

Having first performed this song at 2017’s Brit Awards, the song has gathered a lot of support very quickly.

The Chainsmokers have been busy gathering a massive following with their monster hit singles ‘#Selfie’ and Closer, but by working with Coldplay, the band look set to sky rocket!

This song is just brilliant; pairing Chris Martin‘s humble vocals alongside the duo’s trademark sound, is perfection. I’m sure this will break into the Top 5 this week, but let’s wait and see.

No music video has surfaced yet, but I hope something drawing on the superhero-inspired lyrics will provide some of the imagery for the song. We’ll keep you updated on this.


‘Something Just Like This’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/something-just-like-this/id1207406271?i=1207406273



Zedd – ‘Stay’ featuring Alessia Cara

Zedd is a Russian-German electronic music producer, best known for producing electro house music. He’s worked with the likes of FoxesAriana GrandeSelena GomezRyan Tedder (from OneRepublic) and many more!

Having worked with a string of singers, it should come as no surprise that he’s done it again; this time, ‘Stay’, features the vocals of Canadian singer, Alessia Cara and the resulting song is a huge, anthemic house track with some superb vocal effects. It’s a brilliant captivating song that stands out in a rather saturated market.

No music video for this one either yet, but we’ll keep you in the loop.

‘Stay’ can also be downloaded from iTunes now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/stay/id1207485139?i=1207485150


Matt – Muzik Speaks
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