The sample i’m posting about is one of my favourites. It has a sort of mysterious and exotic feeling. Argentine composer Lalo Schifrin created this sound in the late 60′s for the TV series Mission Impossible. The theme was named “The Danube Incident”. Back in those days, movie and TV producers used to bet on big names for creating musical themes. That is why many of those movie themes became classics and we still love them.
Portishead is a Trip-Hop band from Bristol, UK (to be honest, don’t like the term “trip-hop”, but it’s the only one we have to describe that musical movement). They came out in 1994 with their first and best album, “Dummy”. The album had a big succes even in the states, being positively reviewed by The Source in the alternatives section. One of the singles from “Dummy” was “Sour Times”, based on that sample from “Mission Impossible”. I like that album, it is a revisitation of classic soul tunes blended with Massive Attack-like trippy instrumentals.
In 1996, Mr.Walt of the Beatminerz picked up that Portishead hit for producing “Prowl”, one of the best tracks from Heltah Skeltah’s debut album: once again a classic.
In 1997, CRU’s debut album “Da Dirty 30″ (one of the most underrated hip hop albums of the 90′s; i mostly like the production: superb) featured a track (“Straight from L.I.P”) based on the same sample. MC Yogi Bear & friends kick some dope lines on this one. Big up CRU.
Now we are in 2006, and the sum-up is: that inspired sound by Lalo Schifrin gave birth to 4 classic tunes which still sound great 38 years later: different musical genres but same cool groove. Enjoy!