One great thing about music, is the abundance of cover tunes. Very prevalent in genres such as funk and soul and reggae, the cover tune can evoke many feelings. While reggae has always dominated the cover song on 45, there have been some belters in the funk and soul camps as of late. Breakdown Brass’ cover of Bob James, or as a matter of fact, their cover of Dr. Dre has been a staple in many DJs sets (if you were lucky enough to get the 45), and add the Todd Terje high energy funk cover by the Gene Dudley Group in there while we’re at it. Now, enter The Traffic, a Melbourne, Australia super group featuring members of Cookin’ On 3 Burners and Bamboos. They’ve taken a track by the big beat lads The Prodigy and well, funked it the funk up. “Smack My Pitch Up” is everything you want is a funky cover. Drum breaks, horns, and a rifling bass line will get those wall flowers out of their seats. No Ultramagnetic sample, but honestly, changing the B to a P makes it even better for us. A great take on the club classic. That is when pants were baggy, fluorescent hats, Fresh Jive gear, and big beat ruled the club. A nice rendition that may bring back some memories, but for sure will start new memories for the people who grab this one up. Dance floor filler for sure. The flip is a cover of Grandmaster Flash and the classic “White Lines”. Come on, you can’t resist this. Here’s a tip, neither can we. Check out the track below:
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