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“75, Brazil St.” – Nicola Fasano

I am from Chicago. My loyalties lie with the city but those of us who were raised via classic rock in the Midwest knew what it meant to love the band with our shared name. For the most part this meant dealing with our parents favorites, but electronic music had a different plan for some of us…

75 street Brazil was released by Nicola Fasano and featured the most funky disco-esque version of a breakbeat, percussion heavy dance tune that could only be found in Miami at the time. It blew up on dance floors 2-3 years ago but was typically an underground DJ tune.

Without a doubt, the strongest feature or this song is a horn breakdown which perpetuates itself throughout the tune. The club track was picked up by DJs everywhere but what fascinates me is its integration into mainstream music and the lack of recognition that Chicago received as the inspiration for the track.

This stemmed from the popularization if a Pitbull track entitled “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)”. It is a song by rapper Pitbull released as the second single from the album, Rebelution. The song samples “75, Brazil Street” by Nicola Fasano versus Pat Rich, which itself samples “Street Player” by Chicago. The core is from a song by Dominican rappers El Cata and Omega.

While this is a direct quote from Wikipedia, the message remains unchanged. The sample from Chicago is the key element to this track.

Why focus on this track that exemplifies the sampling dilemma faced by so many artists nowadays? There is an endless list of tracks that were once masterfully produced that now enjoy fame via their remixed versions. That’s not important to me…

What is elemental in this production is the enticingly real sound of horns. The brass ensemble is what draws the listener in. I’ve been to several live concerts in the last couple of weeks, the best of which have been those with live horns. The texture of these live horns holds some profound humane reaction that is unparalleled in electronic composition. There simply is no other horn sampling that gives you the same reaction. If there is, I would love to hear the track.

Enjoy this older jam, learn the origin of it, and please comment if you feel I have overlooked a component of electronic composition that hasn’t been explored yet.

Lyrics here.

More about all of this here.

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