Sabzi – Ravenna (Townfolk I.C. 01)
In celebration of ten years making beats, producer Sabzi, one half of the Seattle duo Blue Scholars, dropped a new beattape today titled Ravenna. This is the first of six installments of the Instrumental Chronicles, or Sabzi giving away every beat he’s ever made, between today and New Years.
The beats on Ravenna are tight, crisp, funky and soulful. You might recognize some of them from Blue Scholars’ previous releases, like “She Likes You” as the beat for “Motion Movement” off their self-titled album from 2004. Here’s some of what Sabzi had to say on the release of Ravenna:
“the path to finding good samples that hadn’t been discovered yet was so difficult, that simply undertaking such a task had a powerful transforming effect on my inner reality. this kind of training caused me to think deeper and more creatively about not just record digging, but everything i did creatively.
Geo, a close friend of mine who rapped, had good taste for beats. together we made about 20 tracks in 2003 and ended up releasing 11 of them in 2004, then an additional 3 in 2005 under the name Blue Scholars.
for years, he, like many of my other friends, would push me to release tapes of instrumentals. to this day i’m not sure why it took me so long to listen to that advice.
RAVENNA is the first collection that eventually found its way to the public. produced between 2003-2005 in a house and an apartment near Ravenna on a homebuilt PC computer running Acid 4.0, this was my first step into the world of using classic breaks and vinyl samples to construct beats. each track was originally composed to stand on its own which is why they all have their own unique titles.” Read the full post here.
While you can grab these beats for free, if you like them, consider paying something.
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