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Liam Howlett and co’s 1997 smash was a clear winner among MusicRadar users, though it’s hard to know which sample you like the best. Is it the bassline, from Randy Weston’s In Memory Of; the vocal, from Ultramagnetic MC’s Give The Drummer Some; or perhaps the drum loop, from the same outfit’s Critical Beatdown?
In truth, it’s probably all of these and more - more than 13 years after its release, it’s clear that Smack My Bitch Up has weathered the storm of controversy surrounding its release to become hugely admired for the technical prowess that went into its production.
Speaking of which, we should draw your attention once again to Jim Pavloff’s superb ten-minute recreation of Smack My Bitch Up in Ableton Live. Amazingly, he manages to make it look easy, but Howlett didn’t have the benefit of such software when he was producing the song, and he had to come up with the inspiration, too.
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