Kicky – Chet Atkins (Senor Griff Remix)

There’s something beautiful about simplicity, and in the context of this song I mean the kick, snare, and hi-hat. Now I am kinda biased because I do play drums and I’m a sucker for groovy beats such as this, but you gotta admit that the breakbeat, stop-and-start playfulness of the track gets your foot stomping immediately. Aaaand if it doesn’t, please check your pulse 😉

This remix is a very small departure from the original song, with a slightly faster tempo and a crunchy snap from the drums. Atkins is something of a guilty pleasure in my record collection, alongside other country/folk/bluegrass legends such as Les Paul, Jerry Reed, Hank Williams, and Django Reinhardt. Chet really was a legend – the guy’s nickname was literally Mr. Guitar and he ended up getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. My favourite fun fact about the man: as a child Chet suffered from severe asthma and thus slept in a chair to breath properly…he would play his guitar until he fell asleep each night, still grasping the instrument in his hands. No wonder he could play so flawlessly.

Lest we forget the genius behind this track – Señor Griff. From his soundcloud BIO: “Long time collaborator and resident DJ of the UKs longest running club funk and soul promoters, Jelly Jazz. Also exploring new style of clubbing with Rambunctious Social Club project in the southwest of Britain. Recently returned from 16 months in latin America traveling with my wife and collecting sounds as I go with a Sony PCM D50 handheld field recorder. We made a baby in Peru who was born back in England last June…a daughter! So time is short now…I’ll be fitting music whenever I can.”

Awesome human, wicked musical taste, check him out!

• Keto 🙂