Friday, 31 December 2010

Soundway Records & The Sound Of Siam

I used to work with a record producer called Tommy (D). He was a member of the Rough Trade record club (this subscription service where you get sent 5 new-release CDs every month or something) and when a new batch arrived at his studio, I would always have a good root through the pile. One day I chanced upon the original Nigeria Special compilation on Soundway records, and that moment CHANGED MY LIFE*

The subtitle to the CD says it all really. The quality is very consistent throughout, and it's spawned a whole host of further comps, like, err, the disco one and the rock one (which I actually haven't heard yet). My sister's got a bunch of them which I will be stealing very soon.

Since then, i've seen Soundway comps turn up in so many other people's collections too, they seem to be pwning the entire coffee-table afrobeat market (well, that's what it is, isn't it?)... and good for them, their label is awesome.

Anyway, it was with MUCH interest that I listened to their latest, and first Eastern-Hemisphere compilation; The Sound Of Siam, Leftfield Luk Thing, Jazz & Malam in Thailand 1964-1975 (Xmas present- thanks Doreen!). Who would really know what to expect of such a thing? As I put needle to the groove I literally didn't know what was going to come out of the speakers. Well, this did, and it's great:

I love hearing people sing in Thai/Mandarin/Arabic and the like, the microtonality sounds so exotic, and to hear it over the top of western rhythms and rock-band instrumentation is so so, erm, COOL?

I should also briefly mention another comp that I am currently digging, Pomegranates; Persian Pop, Funk and Psych of the 60s and 70s, recently released on Finders Keepers Records (I think that's something to do with über record-nerd Andy Votel). It's a similar thing, funk/jazz backings but this time with Iranian singers doing their thing on top.

Ch-ch-ch-check it out people
* Not strictly true

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Stuff That Was Proper Good This Year Like

In no particular order, here are my favourite musical things of the past year. I'm sure i've forgotten loads. I have linked to the albums (when available) on spotify for those who have accounts. S'funny, some of my choices seem to match up a lot with the general top tens out there. Are there that few good albums out there? Hmmm, I obviously must try harder to be MORE OBSCURE and therefore more HIP...


Connan Mockasin
Please Turn Me Into The Snat (Phantasy)

A super talent quite unlike anyone out there. This is what happens when really technical musicians employ good taste. For those that like Deerhoof

Tory Y Moi
Causers Of This (Carpark)

One of the best beatmakers in the world today, no doubt. Romantic, cosmic, synth-flavoured bangers. Like a much-better version of Flying Lotus

Jamie Lidell
Compass (Warp)

Patchy for sure, but always interesting. Phenomenal production throughout and 'She Needs Me' is one of the best modern soul songs EVER, tongue-in-cheek though it certainly is

Vampire Weekend
Contra (XL Recordings)

Took me a while to warm to this, what with the zeitgeist-y sounds and auto-tune, and liberal use of animal collective type bleeps, but the songs are just way too catchy to ignore

Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Roc-A-Fella)

An astounding pop record. Takes 20 listens to even scratch the surface. He's a modern day Wagner (not the X Factor one)! And quite obviously a complete c-unit 

Black Keys
Brothers (Nonesuch)

Sonically awesome, by some way their best album. Great songs, huge beats, and some of the very very finest guitar sounds committed to tape this year

Janelle Monae
The Archandroid (Wonderland Arts Society/Bad Boy)

I literally HATED this when it first came out. Six months later the penny drops. A few songs could/should have been cut, but there are more ideas here than most artists have in an entire career

Joanna Newsom
Have One On Me (Drag City)

Astonishingly good. Amazing songs, beautiful Arrangements. The woman is a jay-nius, there's not really much to even say. Like Jimi, Joni, Nick Drake, this is simply untouchable

Sleigh Bells
Treats (N.E.E.T/Columbia)

A sonic assault, an album as much felt as listened to. Some surprisingly tender moments though. Incredibly contrived, but who cares?

Everything Everything
Man Alive (Geffen)

A bit like eating haribo, listening to this is. Tasty as hell at first, but you do get a bit sick of it after a while. 'Schoolin' is awesome though. For fans of XTC and general British whimsy

Mountain Man
Made The Harbor (Bella Union)

This is a gorgeous album. Obviously recorded in a shed somewhere with a shit microphone but nevermind, just listen to those harmonies... swoon. I think I collectively fancy them all

Avi Buffalo
Avi Buffalo (Sub Pop)

Beautifully understated record, but completely self-assured and confident despite this. Reminds me of Fleetwood Mac (not the blues incarnation) in a weird way. Sexy-time music  

Maps & Atlases
Perch Patchwork (Fat Cat)

Slightly miffed that they raided Grizzly Bear's dressing-up box for this album but they get away with it. There's still a bit of the fret-tapping that I know and love

Erykah Badu
New Amerykah Part 2: Return Of The Ankh (Universal Motown)

Not as good as Part One, and sampling Sylvia Striplin's 'You Can't Turn Me Away' is definitely WACK, but it's still brilliant. It's a two-horse race with Monae for most funkadelic album cover of the year too


O.N.E (Mute Records)

I think I read somewhere that this was shit and sounded like The Thompson Twins. Fuck it, it's funkier than a mosquito's tweeter. Just the percussion alone makes my ass shake involuntarily. File with Womack & Womack's 'Teardrops' and Fleetwood Mac's 'Everywhere'


Dirty Projectors with Alarm Will Sound @ The Barbican

Enthralling from start to finish, firstly playing 'The Getty Address' in it's entirety and then stripping down (not literally) to play songs from 'Bitte Orca'. They've never sounded so good

Darwin Deez @ Green Man Festival

Hard to describe really. I'd never heard his music, so didn't know what to expect. So so so so so so much fun, his band are a complete bunch of hipsters but damn do they know how to do a good dance routine. I mean they did an interpretive one to 'Automatic' by The Pointer Sisters for fuck's sake. BRILLIANT

Mountain Man @ St. Giles In The Field Church

I felt like a schoolboy at this. See HERE

Joanna Newsom @ Royal Festival Hall

Flawless. Kind of weird actually to see something so perfect. Tasteful in a good way

Monday, 6 December 2010

François De Roubaix (Free Downloads)

After stumbling upon THIS quite frankly bewildering post on Paul Durango's blog (no me neither), I have become somewhat addicted to the music of French film-composer François De Roubaix.

I first became aware of him after hearing this track on the Dusty Fingers series of compilations:

'Les Dunes D'Ostende' (download in the soundcloud player)

Jeez how good is THAT!?? It's a crazy-rare song released only on 45, which was promoting the release of the 1971 film 'Les Levres Rouge' (or 'Daughters Of Darkness' according to IMDB). I've not seen the film but it sounds like some sort of crazy lesbian vampire type thing.

Wanting to find some more of his music I put  "François de Roubaix blogspot" into google (your surefire way of finding an album/artist available for ILLEGAL DOWNLOAD) and I came across Paul Durango's post, which contains basically everything the man did (he died tragically young at 36 but scored a hell of a lot of films).

In a nutshell his music is really beautiful and strangely modern in a weird retro lounge way. He often worked-in synthesizers and elements of music concrète (i.e sound effects, tape loops) into his classical compositions, alongside traditional french/folk instrumentation. As you hear on 'Les Dunes D'Ostende', he also sometimes would chuck in a fat hip-hop breakbeat too. What's not to like eh?

His work is truly worth investigating... I recommend initially checking out volumes 2 & 3 of the 'Les Plus Belles Musiques de...' series:

So here, courtesy of the amazing Paul Durango and his super blog:

Saturday, 4 December 2010

The Voice behind Soul-Glo

Watched 'Coming To America' for about the gazillionth time yesterday. Remember laughing as a kid to lines like 'Your royal penis is cleaned', but I had forgotten how there are also a lot of VERY funny moments if you're into classic r&b/soul music. I'm talking about pitch-perfect parodies, so good you almost don't realise they're parodies. The sensational Stevie Wonder impression that Eddie Murphy does (as Randy Watson, who goes down like a lead balloon at the 'Black Awareness Day') comes to mind, but really it's all about Soul-Glo.

The soundtrack to the film is by Nile Rodgers (of Chic if you're a disco rookie), and he is actually responsible for recording the Soul-Glo jingle. At the time of the film he was producing the debut album of an unknown singer signed to EMI called Christopher Max. He could obviously sing hella high, and Nile got him in to do the vocal for Soul-Glo. The rest is history

Check the re-appearance of Soul-Glo again, this time when Daryll arrives at McDowells. The MIDI saxophone is basically the greatest thing ever and I can't stop listening to it. Seriously, i'm on the 58th time in a row now.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Mariah Carey- 80's Funk Legend

There was a golden moment in time where Mariah Carey was putting out consecutive 80's Funk bangers. I'm only really basing that statement on 'Heartbreaker' and the fact that my friend Justin (a complete authority on 80's Funk) maintains that her soundtrack to megaflop vanity-project 'Glitter' is a lost 80's Funk masterpiece. In fact I seem to remember him playing me some and it was pretty damn good.

(Note to self: Acquire the soundtrack to megaflop Mariah Carey vanity-project 'Glitter')

I'm sure some of you may scoff at the mere mention of Mariah Carey, but I challenge you not to be MASSIVELY entertained by her music video (at the time the most expensive music video ever made?) to 'Heartbreaker', featuring the fat kid from 'Stand By Me' and a mental fight sequence where Mariah fights her evil twin.

After you've bopped your head to that, then spare a thought for Stacy Lattisaw, whose 'Attack Of The Name Game' was looped-up and sampled to make the song itself. From the album pictured below, 'Sneakin' Out', produced by legendary jazz-fusion drummer and disco-crooner (?) Narada Michael Walden, It is currently unavailable on CD and therefore offered for free download in the usual manner. I can't figure out how this crazy 'Name Game' works, no matter how many time the weird robot in the song explains it, but nevermind...

Stacy Lattisaw- 'Attack Of The Name Game' (1982) on SPOTIFY


EDIT: I just listened to the Glitter soundtrack. It's appalling (apart from a track that samples Alexander O' Neal's first album, which is AWESOME). Please disregard this entire post immediately . Thank you.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Soul Jazz's Book of Bossa Nova Cover Art

Making a fine addition to any music lovers coffee table alongside this and this, I present to you (or the people at Soul Jazz present to you): 

Like ronseal quick-drying woodstain, it does exactly what it says on the tin; it's a nice big book of reproductions of Brazilian cover art from the 1960s. An impressive 200 pages long, and boasting to be the first book of cover art from Brazil (ok i'm just copying what's on the Sounds of the Universe website), a look inside reveals some truly beautiful and visionary artwork:

Shipping just in time for christmas (and lord knows we all love receiving a big cumbersome coffee table book for christmas that we'll look at round the dinner table, go 'ooh!'... 'ahh!' and then never open again), I recommend you click through to the Soul Jazz website and order a copy for a loved-one/me pronto (let me know if you need my delivery address).

Excitingly, Soul Jazz are bringing out a companion CD in january compiled by Gilles Peterson (groan) and Stuart Baker (yay)! Man, Brazilian music from the 60s is just the finest music ever recorded, sonically, harmonically, rhythmically... I can't wait to see what's on the comp.

If looking at all these covers makes you drool at the thought of what music might be contained inside the sleeves themselves, then I suggest you head over to Loronix, where I can pretty much guarantee that you'll be able to download ALL of those albums, for free, safe in the knowledge that they're out-of-print and you're not breaking any laws etc.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Musicians please watch: Tim Exile's 'The Mouth'

Native Instruments produces some of the best music production software around. I LOVE YOU GUYS. Part of their suite of music production software Komplete is a mind-bogglingly advanced modular synthesizer/effects processor called Reaktor. It's almost impossibly geeky, and I most-definitely need to read the manual one day so I can actually figure out what i'm doing with it.

They've been working with Warp recording artist Tim Exile developing a suite of plug-ins for Reaktor, which you can just load up and forget about all that boring programming. Anyway, I waffle. Non-musicians would find this information distressing and sexually unappealing. Watch this video, a promo for his latest effort, The Mouth. It looks seriously fun.

Small Print: For some reason they won't let you embed the video from youtube, and was trying to embed from the native instruments website. It didn't work, so i've taken it down

To any Hackney dwellers unaware of Eldica Vinyl

Met up with a friend for lunch today at E8 trendies-favourite coffee shop Tina We Salute You. ISAYGODDAMN their doorstop sandwiches are nice. When I tried to get out of my chair, I was quite literally fenced-in by prams (x2) and babies (x3) and everything had to be awkwardly moved for me to leave HAHA.

Knowing full well the location of said coffee shop, I decided to take a few unloved 7" vinyls with me, to see if Andy at Eldica* would exchange them for some minty-fresh new 'platters' (Eldica is round the corner from Tina). Luckily he did, and needless to say I left there with an ecstatic grin on my face and a bag full o' records.

The selection at Eldica is almost 100% qualiTAY, and Andy seriously knows his stuff, so all Hackney dwellers must pop in at some point if they haven't done so already. Importantly, there's no need to be a vinyl geek either, as they sell all manner of vintage objects, some clothes, bric-a-brac. It's like the coolest charity shop ever, the likes of which exists only in your wildest nerdy fantasies.

Eldica Vinyl & Retro; 8 Bradbury Street, London N16 8JN


*I consider myself very fortunate to have dug for records in various cool places round the world; New York, Paris, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Cape Town among them, but Eldica, alongside Flashback on Essex Road, is one of my absolute TOP places to buy records. Well, the only other place that compares would be Academy Records in NYC (both shops, Williamsburg and the East Village *cough ANAL cough*). Anyway, these two places are both 15 minutes walk from my house- WIN.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Oswaldo Nunes e The Pops- Levanta A Cabeca (Free Download)

Here's a slice of Ren & Stimpy samba fun for a sunday evening. A b-side from around the time of the excellent 'Ta Tudo Ai' album (pictured above), 'Levanta A Cabeca' starts off with a skippy samba beat on solo drums before being joined by noodling surf guitars. Kind of like The Ventures if they were Brazilian badasses. It's happy happy joy joy music basically. Click on the downward arrow to the right of the soundcloud player to download:

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Chicano Rap & Herb Alpert

There's something about rapping with a spanish accent that is so so so satifying; as in, rapping in english with a Spanish accent and throwing in the odd spanish word. Hmmm, maybe it's because i'm half-brazilian and feel some sort of innate connection to Latin America. More than likely it's because I listened to a LOT of Cypress Hill when I was a teenager (their main MC, B-Real, is half-mexican)

Wikipedia puts it quite nicely when it says that "Chicano Rap is a subgenre of hip hop music... that embodies aspects of West Coast and Southwest Mexican American (Chicano) culture and is typically performed by American rappers and musicians of Mexican descent". The 'culture' of which they speak also refers to the music sampled by the artists; Mexican melodies and Mariachi bands. Exactly the kind of stuff you want to hear with a hip-hop beat basically.

The ultimate chicano rap song has to be 'Tres Delinquentes' by Delinquent Habits. It samples a famous mexican melody 'The Lonely Bull', in particular the recording by lounge-music maestro and king of kitsch Herb Alpert. Anyway, the song is a straight BANGER:

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Tabla Rhythms and Sitar on the Optigan= WIN

Pea Hix is a badass. He's the owner of THIS site, and complete and utter authority on all things relating to the Optigan, which is basically the coolest instrument ever, and of which I am an extremely proud owner. 

If you were to read the wiki page on the Optigan, you would see that it is basically like a toy mellotron, in that the keys play back loops. In the Optigan's case, loops which exist as markings on the acetate discs you insert into it (it has a photo-optic thingimajig that converts light into sound). Shit is NEXT LEVEL.

Anyways, the point of this post; the Optigan discs originally produced are scarce, some of them rare as the proverbial hen's teeth. But Pea Hix has had the ingenious idea of making his OWN ones. Check out this tabla disc, it's the bomb-diggy-diggy!

I would definitely look forward to an Optigan 'Baile Funk' disc, I don't know if Pea is listening, but, y'know, MAKE IT HAPPEN DUDE

Friday, 5 November 2010

E.M.A.K Compilation = Soul Jazz Records are the best

You know those times when you hear a song somewhere and you HAVE to know what it is almost immediately? As in, after two seconds you are instinctively and unconditionally in love with it? That happened to me recently in Fopp, in Covent Garden, with this:

I heard this noodly-bass electro nonsense with a guy doing the deadpan German vocal thing a la Kraftwerk. I loved it and, after Shazam failed me, I ran to the counter, anticipating just finding out what it was and grabbing it online later. But when the guy told me that it was on a Soul Jazz* compilation of E.M.A.K (a collective of German electronic musicians/synthesizer geeks), I had to dip my hands into my pockets and hand over some dinero, 'cause that record label needs support from everybody, it's the fookin' best.

Here's the song, called 'Wenn Mr Reagan Es Will':

So If you like the tune, then support Soul Jazz and buy the CD direct from them HERE.


*Soul Jazz records is one of the greatest record labels around. Their compilation CDs are bascially ALWAYS amazing, whether it's a round-up of material by master Brazilian percussionist Papete or a selection of New York No-Wave classics.

Their Sounds Of The Universe shop just off Berwick Street (where the market ends) is the very very very finest CD shop in London (although their used vinyl selection isn't what it used to be when the shop was located round the corner in a Broadwick Street side-alley), especially for any music of the, ahem, African-Diaspora. God I hate the term 'world' music, I try never to use it.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Mellodrama aka 'Mellotron: The Movie'

Oh look someone's made a documentary about the amazing Mellotron. If you don't know what one is, then watch THIS and all will be explained (The two guys in that video are the best. True British gents).

I'm sure I speak for us all when I say that playing with the 'Cha Cha Cha Flute' loops on the mellotron is pretty much the most fun you can have in life with your clothes on. In fact just play with the loops naked and it will be the most fun you can have in life full-stop.

So i'll await the documentary's release at my local Odeon/Multiplex, it's obviously the kind of mass-appeal tale they'd go for. The official website for the film is here, and this trailer looks pretty tasty:

Bass Harmonicas ROCK

An often overlooked instrument it is, the bass harmonica. I guess the best known examples of it's usage are on Pet Sounds (by The Beach Boys, in case you are musically-challenged), particularly on songs like ''I Know There's An Answer' (Spotify link HERE). They're a strange beast, a kind-of double harmonica which needs to be held with both hands. Sound-wise, it's a mixture of an accordion, jews-harp and MASSIVE FART

I am reminded of the bass harmonica's virtues by a visit to the Squeezytunes blog, a celebration of all instruments electro-mechanical, which I used to visit ALL the time... it's seldom updated now. Hint hint to Squeezyboy (the blog's author). Here is a video posted there showing the FULL POWER of the harmonica:

Why isn't entertainment like this anymore? Instead we get X Factor...

Saturday, 30 October 2010

I Love Dave Lambert

With the latest episode of Mad Men fresh in my mind (Season 4 is still ongoing in the UK), I felt it pertinent to wax lyrical about Dave Lambert. WHAT A GUY. An incredibly talented jazz vocalist and arranger, he pioneered the vocal-harmony-heavy brand of jazz ('Vocalese') which you'd associate with TV advert jingles like this.

Lambert had a trio (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross) that recorded three classic albums on Capitol in the early 60s (For those with Spotify I have compiled them):

The following video, found thanks to the guys over at the Soul Strut forum, is properly good like pet. It's a behind-the-scenes look at Dave Lambert auditioning for a new band at RCA studios, after the demise of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. It is such a pleasure to be able to see footage from the legendary studio in use, and to see the genius that is Dave Lambert at work. If you're not interested in vintage recording studios, as you may well not be, then just skip to 2:50 for some gorgeous 5-part-harmony:


Thursday, 28 October 2010

Pinduca- Larí Larí Ê (DOWNLOAD)

In the north-east of Brazil (particularly the north), Pinduca is a legend. He specialised in a traditional rhythm from Pará state called 'Carimbó', and incorporated scratchy electric guitars and brass into the otherwise rootsy mix, which makes it extra fonky. He later mutated the rhythm into the dreaded Lambada. We all know how that turned out (yuck). Although he's basically been making the same song for 40 years, it's a GREAT SONG so I love him unconditionally. 

'Larí Larí Ê' will make you smile and shake your hips, especially when that tasty saxophone solo comes in. I suggest you click (on the downward arrow on the right-hand-side of the soundcloud player) below and put my theory to the test:


My New Guitar Heroes- Avi Buffalo & Connan Mockasin

I miss guitar solos. Luckily, bands like Avi Buffalo and artists like Connan Mockasin are bringing guitar artistry BACK. Not necessarily in the form of epic twin-guitar solos and the like, more in the prominent placing of melodic guitar parts in their arrangements.

Here is a video of Connan Mockasin playing 'Choade My Dear', from his debut album released earlier this year.

He used to front the band Connan & The Mockasins, who were brilliant. Like Hendrix appearing on Sesame Street. Watch the video here for 'Sneaky Sneaky Dogfriend'. How this didn't get to number one I will never know.

Here is another Connan 'joint' from said debut album (Please Turn Me Into The Snat). It's called 'Faking Jazz Together':

I saw Avi Buffalo at The Green Man Festival in August and I knew I had witnessed a guitar HERO in the making. Their debut album is a thing of wonder. Here is the song 'Five Little Sluts'. Oo Err:

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Jorge Lopez Ruíz- J.M "Pepe"- El Condor

I went to Buenos Aires back in 2004. It were proper good like. Was only there for a few days but manages to have plenty of spare time digging for records. In one particularly sordid encounter a record-dealer actually came round to my hotel room with a few rare platters. One of them was an LP from a stalwart of the 70s Argentinian jazz scene, bassist Jorge Lopez Ruíz. I bought it on the strength of the cover alone (muy bueno).

I was happy that the music lived up to the cover. Think double-bass, fender rhodes, CLEAN electric guitar and muted drum-kit played with mallets. Mellow! I pretty much haven't stopped listening to this album since. It's basically fantastic electric-jazz with folkloric flourishes. Oo-err try saying that after a few pints.


Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Rockfeedback Flyers are Cute (Click thumbnails to enlarge)

Went to see Maps & Atlases yesterday, they were excellent, but the sound was frustrating. We couldn't hear their quiet, intricate fret-tapping over the ginormous-sounding metal drummer they have. Quite frankly Maps & Atlases are all about the fret-tapping. Going back to Cargo next week for Toro Y Moi, which i'm very much looking forward to


Funkadelic- I Can Get To That, Yes Sir

I have recently discovered early Funkadelic through the joy that is Spotify. I have a couple of their later poppy disco LPs, and was never that fussed, but their early recordings truly are something special, a fusion of deep funk, hendrix-style wigouts, cosmic psycho-babble and white country-stylings. Check out Can You Get To That from the album Maggot Brain (1971):

Sounds like something from 'Exile On Main Street'... gorgeous countrified soul music. Who can resist those female backing vocals. The band Sleigh Bells must also love it, as they pinched the intro for this song, a real highlight from their excellent debut album Treats

Zapp & Roger: The Early Years

This is astonishing, impossible to not just put on repeat FOREVER

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

What Is 12-Bit Crunch?

It's the cereal that DJ Premier has for breakfast HA

OK not really. "12-Bit Crunch" is a term, used by hip-hop production enthusiasts, to describe the artifacts bestowed on a sound recording when it goes through a 12-bit digital sampler, i.e the famous EMU SP-1200:

or the AKAI MPC-60:

To modern ears, a 12-bit recording would sound grainy and/or crunchy, i.e a bit like a bad mp3

CD's of course have a 16-bit resolution, which despite only being '4 better', equates to being approximately 'a shitload better' (I will spare you the science of bit-resolution, it's totally boring).

So there you have it... 12-bit crunch seemed like a good name for a blog which will focus on music, musicians and instruments that are 'beautiful despite their imperfections'. Awwww

Welcome To 12-Bit Crunch

Hello, and welcome to my blog. 

I am Dan, a fan of recorded music in all it's guises, and enthusiast of weird and wonderful musical instruments and ways of making sound. even farting. I hoard LPs which contain passages of solo drum playing, commonly known in hip-hop-speak as "drum breaks"

Over the coming months and, ooh, maybe even years , i'll be: 

-posting up links to music-related things I like on the internet
-posting the odd mp3 of a song that I like (to download if it's not commercially available, and to stream if it is)
-talking about weird instruments like THIS
-promoting/reviewing music/gigs that I have enjoyed or hated
-talking about my job: being a music producer & brazilian music dj
-and last but not least: definitely banging on about said "drum breaks" that I have recently acquired