I'll Give You a Break, Pt. 65: Tim Maia's "Nobody Can Live Forever"
by Dave Segal
on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 8:26 AM
[I’ll Give You a Break is a sporadic series of posts highlighting obscure (and not so obscure) breakbeats in unlikely places, so that they may be sampled by producers or just enjoyed for their own geeky purposes. NB: Don’t forget to clear all samples through the proper channels (cough).]
Eccentric Brazilian funk/soul legend Tim Maia has had many of his songs sampled, but as far as I can tell, nobody's used "Nobody Can Live Forever." (You can find that track most easily on Luaka Bop's 2012 compilation of Maia's recordings, also titled Nobody Can Live Forever.) I'm not sure why, as the first 18 seconds are super clean and deeply funky, with a distant metallic percussion toy (a stick clinking inside a cowbell?) adding some nice underscoring to the methodical cymbal tapping and slack boom bap. You want some rich, old-school flavor? Here's a generous portion. The whole song's existential-soul gold, though it needs to be at least twice as long.