With Kanye West flipping a Mulatu riff for that dope new Common single The Game, it seemed like it was going to be open season on old-school Ethiopian joints for bite-happy hiphop producers.
But as anyone who has been through the Ethiopiques series knows, sample-worthy breaks are few and far between. Turkish psych, prog and jazz records from the 70s, however, are loaded with sick beats and insane hooks begging to be looped. Stones Throw honcho Egon, who has been grabbing anything on Sayan and Yonca for ages, is certainly aware of the potential. Shortly after he let Madlib's little brother Oh No sift through his private stash, Dr. No's Oxperiment, a 28-track instro hiphop set, appeared, bouncing to the familiar jerk of Anatolian folk funk.
Of course, this is going to slide right by mainstream hiphop fans looking for the hot summer jam to bump in their SUVs, but sussed producers and artists will see a whole new vista opening up before them. So when Turkish-tweaked joints suddenly become all the rage, you'll know why.