Poignant lyrics and a catchy hook are two segments of a track’s musical triad. The fulcrum which balances these two equally important elements is the song’s beat. Listeners desire rhythmical stimulation to be captivated by a song. And who better to captivate audience than Oakland producer B. Durazzo. Durazzo uses a combination of synths, deep bass grooves, and samples from a variety of music to entertain the masses. His latest beat tape, “Beats Vol. 1” is 16 banging, neck snapping beats bang in the car or freestyle to.
Durazzo garners the listener’s attention from the beginning with “Singularity”, an up-tempo infectious Pete Rock inspired string and bass groove. The open and closed hi-hat sequences set the pace for the high octane production. About midway through the song melodious horns invade the track; giving the track a fresh and pleasant sound. The star of the song is a prominent snare drum. The driving instrument hits like a gunshot and commands unyielding attention. Durazzo blends these sounds nicely and showcases his determination to make quality music. Perhaps one of the most intriguing tracks on the beat tape is “buried Beneath the Grapevine”. Soul and Classical music are juxtaposed in an enjoyable clamoring way on this mid-tempo banger. Chopped harpsichord notes are layered over a filtered staccato break beat. Towering horns and soothing strings appear in alternating sequences and add a nice flair to the infectious rhythm. This J-Dilla like production proves why Durazzo is destined for greatness. Other commanding songs are the Joe Tex inspired “Monkey Bars” and the MPC driven “Clockwork”.
B. Durazzo’s energetic sound features elements from a variety of periods in music. His choice combination of synths, basslines and samples are catchy and will rhythmically stimulate the auditory senses of the audience. Beats Vol. 1 is a must have beat tape for avid Hip-Hop heads that can be purchased at the official B. Durazzo webpage. Emcees should take full advantage of copping beats from this up and coming producer who will soon be providing music for some of the industry’s elite.