29 Aug 2012

Kool & the Gang - an apology.

As a Hip Hop fan I've been exposed to many different forms of music and different groups through sampling - whatever your view of sampling you can't deny that it helps take an artist to many more ears. The problem is that my internal hard drive (brain) is nearing it's capacity and I don't have the same efficient retrieval system that I did in my teens. My once encyclopaedic knowledge of samples, breaks and influences has had to make way for more mundane things. I'm ashamed to say that I'd almost written off Kool and the Gang as just the musicians behind Ladies Night, Celebration and Cherish - I'd just kept them on radar due to Jungle Boogie.

 So whilst listening to Caveman's You Can't Take It I had an epiphany, if that is the correct usage. The break being used on the track is Kool and the Gang - and suddenly the likes of Ladies Night and Cherish faded away and were replaced with memories of Give It Up, Funky Man, Kool It, N.T and Jungle Jazz. Don't you just love it when you rediscover a quality band?