Know Your Samples

Know Your Samples: Camp Lo Ties Up Loose Ends

Camp Lo's remarkable debut, Uptown Saturday Night, ranks as one of the best produced Hip-Hop albums of all time. Much of producer Ski Beatz's brilliance comes from his selection of soul, jazz and funk samples. One standout example comes from A Little Spice, the hit debut from UK soul trio Loose Ends.

Camp Lo’s remarkable debut, Uptown Saturday Night, ranks as one of the best produced Hip-Hop albums of all time. Much of producer Ski Beatz’s brilliance comes from his selection of soul, jazz and funk samples. One standout example comes from A Little Spice, the hit debut from UK soul trio Loose Ends.

Formed in 1981, the group would find their first success in 1985 with their #1 Billboard R&B single “Hangin’ On a String (Contemplating).” The success caused their label Virgin to repackage their debut, which was released in the UK in 1984, to include “Hangin’ On a String” for a U.S. run. The title track, “A Little Spice,” with its mix of Caribbean grooves and smooth jazz arrangements, would catch the ear of Ski Beatz and become the basis for Camp Lo’s lively house party jam “Rockin’ It.”

Loose Ends would have a successful throughout the 80s, releasing four more albums and charting with the singles “Slow Down” and “Watching You.” After disbanding in 1990, the group reunited to contribute to the 1998 Pete Rock single “Take Your Time.”

LOOSE ENDS “A LITTLE SPICE”

CAMP LO “ROCKIN’ IT AKA SPANISH HARLEM”

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