BOOM BAPS | Simplicity at its finest through Austin Green sampling

DISCUSSION:

An old school blueprint filled with light melodic samples, and a simple use of drum kits leads to relaxing vibes and deep thoughts – a journey made possible by Austin Green‘s BOOM BAPS.

 

Story: Nico Blitz | @nicoakablitz

Images: Bandcamp

Released on April 16, Green created a 17-track instrumental album – with the longest instrumental being 3 minutes and 13 seconds – said to be majorly inspired by his son, Quentin.

 

 

The simplicity of the album artwork reflects Green’s work. It’s common nowadays to see instrumentals be jacked up with a variety of arpeggiated hi hats, but a simple 1/8 pattern per hi hat hit on most, if not all, the tracks makes well for an predictable, yet smooth and enjoying listen.

 

Austin Green
Photo: Austin Green (austingreen.bandcamp.com)

 

Some notable tracks include:

The high key piano instrumental “Life’s A Female Dawg” – which samples “Life’s A Bitch” by Nas from Illmatic,

“Casino Nights” – an instrumental that samples strings and piano keys that emanate feelings of hopefulness and success simultaneously,

“Mello Day” – the theme song to lounging at the crib and day drinking while walking around in nothing but your favorite pair of shorts.

 

ARGUMENT:

The Visalia, California based instrumentalist starts off BOOM BAPS with vocal-heavy sample “Ruined Heart”, which instantly sets the tone for the entire album. I feel that the concept of this album surrounds the fact is that sampling is imperfectly perfect.

When hearing a sample heavy track you’re bound to hear slight open spaces, but those are small instances that enhance the beauty of the music. It creates a new sound; a newer perspective on previous artwork that is interpreted differently by whoever stumbles upon it and decides to chop it up.

Creating new sounds with musical artifacts is a technique that is heavily overlooked as an art form, but it’s great to know that some still practice this once prominent Hip-Hop skill and keep the roots alive.

BOOM BAPS is now available on Bandcamp.

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