Seat Belts: Slum Village and Nick Speed Buckle Up
In case you missed this Slum Village track that served as PSA for Safe Kids USA, here’s a little known fact. Detroit producer Nick Speed made “4 Steps” using sampled seat belt functions, and SV penned their lyrics over the mechanical beats, which tied in with the Detroit hip-hop outfit’s Chevy campaign.
“These tracks were completely made from car sound effects. Every sound you hear, including the drums, are made of seat belt clicks, car doors closing, tires screeching and police sirens,” said Nick Speed. “I electronically programmed them on a Akai MPC 2000XL and Slum Village added vocals and used it for a Chevy campaign about seat belts and booster seats. They called it “4 Steps” (Sit, Pull, Cross, Click.)”
Here’s a catchy video made by a group students using the track. We’re calling for re-release. Genius: