I’ve been listening to a lot of early House and Techno recently (roughly 1986-1992) and I am learning a lot about release dates, producer pseudonyms, artistic influences and samples whilst tagging mp3s – mostly just from Discogs, but the Techno page on Wikipedia was also a good read.
Vamp by Outlander, originally released in 1991, has always been a favourite of mine, particularly the percussive loop which starts at 2:00.
Well this week I found the source of that loop – a pretty average house/breaks track by Todd Terry called Back To The Beat from 1988.
That same Todd Terry loop was also sampled (and replayed a lot faster) by Moby in his remix of Make It Mine by The Shamen in 1991.
Thanks to WhoSampled.com, I also found the source of the source – Reese & Santonio’s incredibly minimal The Sound. Not much of a tune admittedly, but there’s a distinctly tribal vibe to it. I bet it blew some minds way back in 1987.