I’ve had the lastest Pusha T tape in rotation for a week or so now, and this shit sounds nice through a good pair of speakers.
There’s really no denying how good it was to hear Pusha & The Neptunes on some tracks. They were back to business like they never even left.
As a result, I had to pay homage to Pharrell and Chad for the jazzy chords, funky bridges & infectious basslines that they layer their productions with. It can be argued that The Neptunes are the most innovative producers in the last 10 years – Billboard would definitley agree.
- Futuristic Funk – Apart from Pharrell’s singing style being heavily influenced by Curtis Mayfield, one of their signatures was to use distant guitar licks & clavinet stabs, reminiscent of 70’s funk records.
- Minimalism – Many notable Neptunes productions have very few sounds in, the track is stripped down to its raw element.
- Electronica – Arpeggios, futuristic synths, saws, sines & leads that at times sound like Atari & Sega Genesis video games.
- Sample Shy – The Neptunes play all the instruments on their tracks (Even Stevie Wonder didn’t do this!). But contrary to popular belief, they do interpolate sometimes.