The Impellers are a twelve-piece funk outfit with some serious weighty chops, and As Sampled By is a fabulous concept for a record: forty-four classic breaks from music history, played live. You’ll recognise grooves left right and centre, for these breaks have been Sampled By anyone and everyone from the hip-hop / D&B / etc. scenes. Funky stuff, out on vinyl from Tonearise.
7/10 Jamie Staff review, 07 August 2017
The Impellers, then, are a twelve-piece funk band playing the heaviest funk, soul and breaks, live, as if master-mixed by a classic funk DJ.
‘As Sampled By…’ consists of four (4) sides of hot wax, with a total of 44 breaks lurking within its grooves. So on side A I’ve already spotted The Blackbyrds’ hip hop sample staple ‘Rock Creek Park’, blending seamlessly into Lee Dorsey’s ‘Get Out Of My Life Woman’ amongst the likes of tunes by Labi Siffre, James Brown, The Meters et al. And I’m only a third through side A.
Of course these gems have been sampled by the likes of Dr Dre, De La Soul, Eric B, Shadow, Goldie, Massive Attack…it's a fun game of ‘spot the sample’ for all the family. As well as being good for throwing some old-skool shapes to at home. Roll back the rug and get the talcum powder out.
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