Thursday, September 18, 2008

Puttin' on The Ritz

As hip-hip records go, The Night of Day has thrown me for a loop. Since it's birth, hip-hop has been about sampling and making something new by mixing together something old with some personal flavor. But this record, this one throws down a wild card. It was put together by The Ritz, a duo comprised of two artists, Apoc and Rel, who base themselves out of Chicago. Instead of sampling 80's old school hip-hop, 70's funk, or even James Brown though, the pair goes back even further, delving into film noir from the 40's and 50's. Yea, you read that right, they cut out dialogue from old black and white films and splice it into their cuts. It's an odd pairing to say the least; check out these two tracks to see if it works for you:

Visit their label Lab-oratory Records and become their friend on Apoc's MySpace and Rel's Myspace.

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