For those not up on their Ultimate Breaks & Beats (and BTW shame on a nuh if you ain't), Melvin Bliss was the artist responsible for 1973's "Synthetic Substitution" - one of the essential sonic building blocks of hip-hop . The opening drums have been sampled a gazillion times, on countless classics from Ultramagnetic MC's "Ego Trippin'" to Gang Starr's "DWYCK" to Ghostface's "Mighty Healthy" and on and on. And the song itself is haunting and prescient cautionary tale of technology usurping human interaction in days to come. Bliss passed away in July of 2010, but not before a documentary film on his life featuring testimonials from Ced Gee, Kid Capri, DJ Scratch, Chuck D, Easy Mo Bee and others had commenced filming. The final film, Synthetic Substitution: The Life Story of Melvin Bliss , was completed last year , and will be screened for free this evening in NYC. Peep event details, watch the film's trailers, and hear a classic mix of "Substitution" sampled bangers by Matthew Africa, after the jump...
WHAT: Synthetic Substitution - The Life Story of Melvin Bliss - FREE SCREENING
WHERE: Landmark Sunshine Cinemas, 143 East Houston St., NYC
WHEN: Thursday, April 26th, 2012, 7pm-9pm
Synthetic Substitution , Trailer 1
Synthetic Substitution , Trailer 2
DJ Matthew Africa's "2 Busy Saying Yeah 19 - Substitution" (2010). Classic mix. [via DJ Matthew Africa ]