on December 21, 2017 | Last updated December 21, 2017
James BrownCold Sweat
Release Type: User Audio Type: Single-track Reductions: Yes (Authored) Pitched Vocals: Yes Vocals Gender: Male (1)
STANDARD KEYS: Bansheeflyer
“Cold Sweat” is a groundbreaking moment if only for the fact that it ushered in the entire funk era. Its intrigue, however, lies within the fact that it falls into the lineage of jazz motifs created by Miles Davis. Funk became the music of the day, only thanks to the music of the past. Its contributions to the future can be found on most popular records today. On this record, Brown shouts the classic line “give the drummer some,” a nod to his longtime collaborator, the renowned drummer Clyde Stubblefield. This seemingly routine call led to a drum solo that would define the concept of “breaks,” a model that not only influenced dance music of the era, but ultimately led to the sampling dynamics of hip-hop music.