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Editorial Reviews

"Drop the Needle is comprised of loops, odd-metered rhythms, scratch-turntable fare, and intermittent stabs at humor ... Martin is a groove merchant." -DOWN BEAT

"Recording as illy B, MMW drummer Billy Martin produced a series of breakbeats for DJs, shipped them off to some friends, and released Drop the Needle--an enthralling, diverse collection of beautiful noise grooves." - VILLAGE VOICE

The illy B Eats series is a compilation of the funkiest dance-hall beats by Medeski Martin & Wood drummer Billy Martin. These drum tracks were specifically recorded for DJs, musicians, and fans of Martin's grooves. Performed, mixed, and mastered to make even the jaded nod their heads, it's bumpin', thumpin', and you'll be humpin' to these breaks!

Billy Martin continues to invite all artists for collaborations that contribute mixes using his beats from previous illy B Eats records. The past releases spawned two illy B Eats Remixed CDs (Drop the Needle and Antidote). Artists involved included Miho Hatori (Gorillaz, Cibo Matto, Smokey& Miho), Jennifer Charles (Lovage, Elysian Fields), John Medeski, Chris Wood, DJ Olive, Scotty Hard (Wu-Tang Clan, Cyro Baptista, John Zorn, Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Simon), and Calvin Weston (John Lurie's Lounge Lizards, James "Blood" Ulmer). These CDs contain all the original tracks released between 2001 and 2006 as illy B Eats Vol. 1, 2, and 3. Produced by Wu-Tang and Prince Paul producer Scotty Hard.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Groove Bang
  2. Kinshasa
  3. Brazilian Cowboy
  4. Funky Iller
  5. Rockette
  6. Ill-hops
  7. Dub Stylee
  8. Max Moon
  9. Farefa
  10. Booganoose
  11. Phate's Bounce
  12. Little D
  13. Afro-Pan

Disc: 2

  1. Pedestal Of Ill Fate
  2. Rocking Man
  3. Tree Of Truth
  4. The Apprentice
  5. Wish Maker
  6. Jersey 1
  7. Invisible Path
  8. Shacklyn
  9. Sweeping Up
  10. Illstraction
  11. Bam Bip
  12. Lucky Charm
  13. Invention Necklace
  14. Secret Bearer
  15. Root Man
  16. Pan Ninja
  17. Wand Magic
  18. Ladder
  19. Bonus Track: Embryo

Disc: 3

  1. Gang War
  2. Hopscotch
  3. Nickelbags
  4. Hot Wheels
  5. Academy Street Gang (Hi-Hat-Snare)
  6. Academy Street Gang (Ride-Stick)
  7. The River
  8. Dykman Street
  9. Johnny Boy
  10. The Stoop
  11. Steven Lane
  12. Cooper Street Gang (Hats)
  13. Cooper Street Gang (Ride)
  14. Boiler Room
  15. The Super
  16. Waterbugs (Hats)
  17. Waterbugs (Ride)
  18. Twins
  19. Cindy Goodwin
  20. Jimmy The Jaw
  21. Junkie
  22. The Fentons


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 4, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: December 4, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Amulet Records
  • ASIN: B000J3Q0LQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,398 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Delite Rancher VINE VOICE on January 1, 2008
The "illy B Eats Box Set" is a collection of great break beats. This release is sure to be misunderstood given most listeners don't understand the nature of a break beat. A break is the instrumental part of a song that grooves between the choruses and verses. It becomes a break beat when the initial break is looped to become a new, continuous rhythm. Break beats are typically employed in hip-hop, rap or house/techo music. So the idea is that rather than lifting samples off a James Brown recording, here's a disc chocked with ready to use beats. By this point, breakbeat has even become its own musical genre. Naturally, this release is intended for DJs and producers -not home listeners. Most consumers will be unsatisfied listening to an album of two minute drum rhythms. To hear what Billy Martin's break beats sound like when employed in a release intended for public consumption, get the illy B Eats Remixes. Now that this review is past the disclaimer, the question beckons, how do Martin's break beats sound? In a word, fantastic. Funk is the focus here, with occasional side trips into Afro-Cuban, Rock and Brazilian sounds. The beats sound very typical of Martin's drumming on Medeski, Martin and Wood's funk infused projects. The box set comes with all three discs. In addition to featuring Martin's artwork, the actual box is one of the most creative and innovative CD packages -see my customer images. As pictured, a lucky buyer might even find a copy autographed by illy B. DJs should jump on illy B Eats while most listeners should check out volume one and two two of the remixes.
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If you like beats, study beats, or just want some jamming samples... Buy it! Billy Martin is a wizard, sculpting rhythms, funkiness, and soul into a very complete set of rhythm tracks.
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By CMbassist on December 12, 2012
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I am a bassist and i use these as a practice tool. Jamming along with a world class drummer like Billy Martin beats practicing with a metronome any day! Love the diversity of beats!
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By J. Steer on November 20, 2010
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As a drummer looking for fresh ideas/grooves/breakbeats, I bought this album to satisfy my thirst, which is a three disc set. It did just that. For all you drummers, I recommend this album as an educational tool. For all you dj's and mc's, I highly recommend this album for live performance. cheers illy B.
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