9 September 2016, No. 191, ESG, ‘UFO’

As promised in the report on No. 189, No. 191 is pitched down until it’s almost disorienting (that’s not how cymbals sound…), since the compilers of the Ultimate Breaks and Beats compilations had limited use for the weird and repetitive sonic exploration at 143 bpm. Luckily they thought to invert the very specific intended use of the 33/45 rpm switch. “UFO” by ESG at 106 bpm forms the backbone of a whole bunch of hip-hop history. It’s also not too bad on its own. At either speed.