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BeatTips MusicStudy: Inez Foxx – “Let Me Down Easy”

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Slow, But Aggressively Funky Gem

By AMIR SAID (SA’ID)

This joint opens up with a slow, flute-laced (layered) groove that simmers for 8 bars, before giving way to a 2-bar change of ascending brasswork. The brasswork dissolves into a mild bass line, flandked by a twang guitar and tambourine rotation that drops in on the “2 and 4.” For the rest of the number, the tambourine parts remains steady, while the brushed snare-raps and light kicks balance out the rest of the drum framework. For a slow funk deposit, the timing on this joint is incredible…

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Inez Foxx – “Let Me Down Easy”


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Amir Said (aka Sa’id) is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BeatTips. A writer, publisher, and beatmaker/rapper from New York, Said is the author of a number of books, including ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ ‘The Art of Sampling,’ ‘Ghetto Brother,’ and ‘The Truth About New York.’ He is also a recording artist with a number of music projects, including his latest album 'The Best of Times.' Follow him on Twitter at: @amirsaid and @BeatTipsManual