Single of the Week: Strictlybutters “PBS Nights (Star Hustler)”

Beatmaker strictlybutters and his Akai MPC2000

Single of the Week: Strictlybutters “PBS Nights (Star Hustler)”

“PBS Nights (Star Hustler)” is the latest release from Detroit-based DJ/producer Strictlybutters. The single is out now on limited 7″ vinyl and unlimited digital from the prolific Galaxy Sound Co. label. “PBS Nights” is built around a sample of the network ID for the Public Broadcasting Service. In use from 1971 to 1984, the five-note vintage analog synth melody paired with the animated PBS acronym should be familiar to millions who grew up on public television. Strictlybutters uses his Akai MPC2000XL to chop the sample up with some jazzy piano riffs, additional synth noodling, vocal snippets (Q-Tip’s indelible “oh my gawd” never fails!), and heavy drums to craft a cozy hip-hop head nodder.

Rounding out the physical release is another MPC construction, “TURN. IT. UP.” with more Q-Tip. Two more choice beats, “Whut U Sayin (Rhym 2 Dis)” and “One Fa Ye (STRICTLYBUTTERS Nitebright remix),” are included in the digital download, giving you even more bang for your boom-bap buck.

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