Friday, January 15, 2010
BREAKING IT DOWN - WHAT IS 2 STEP
BESIDES MUSIC, KIRK IS HANDS DOWN A GOOD FRIEND. THAT MEANS MORE TO ME THEN ANYTHING. THE SELECTER KIRKS HAS SOME DEEP AND RICH KNOWLEDGE IN THE MUSIC GAME. HE HAS TAUGHT ME A FEW A THING ALONG THE WAY, WHICH IS WHY I WANTED TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU READERS..
WITH THAT BEING SAID, THE SELECTER BREAKS THE 2 STEP GENRE SO U UNDERSTAND WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WHEN WE SAY, MODERN SOUL, STEPPERS, 2 STEP.
What is Two-Step Soul?
It is style of soul initially popularized by UK reggae djs in the mid 70s as a change of pace to the all-night reggae sound system parties. The soul tracks selected tended to be mid-tempo and was differentiated from the uptempo disco style popular in most clubs at the time.
The key to the genre was the short shuffle, swing or pause that created a cha-cha like rhythm and by the early 80s the name Two-Step began to stick and certain djs made it their specialty. Many soul artists from the 70s till today have songs that have become Two-Step classics but the style is more about individual songs than any particular artists. One track that many view as an essential & early Two-Step song is Natalie Cole's massive hit - "This Will Be" from 1975.
Next time you listen to New Jack Swing or Dilla track, that pause that "hooks you" is essentially a Two-Step beat with louder snare or bass.
At Sweaterfunk, we love sharing our Two-Step with you!
-The Selecter Dj Kirk