Oso Blanco – “Heartbreak Kid” – [77Rise Recordings]
Beats to buck you up when youâ€™re got the blues,Â from LA producer Oso Blanco. Flipping a soul sample is a tried and true, and sometimes tired, beatmaking formula, but itâ€™s done really well here, at times with the creativity of the legends themselves, Dilla and Madlib. Thereâ€™s also weird touches that give this a sound all its own – glitches and skips, blasts of electronic noise, samples that dissolve into sine waves or swerve off the rails like theyâ€™re being played on one of our ancient tape decks (donâ€™t worry I checked, itâ€™s supposed to sound that way!) – that will either catch your interest or harsh your vibe. Still thereâ€™s some good, head nodding sections, and I mightâ€™ve stood up and danced when one of my favorite jams came into the mix about 20 minutes in on the A side. Though the tapeâ€™s instrumental, thereâ€™s lots of samples from (mostly breakup) movies, some with dirty words, sooo: FCCs on both sides.