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Nick Koenig, or, as you might know him, Hot Sugar, is the dude who coined the term associative music – the use of commonplace (and not so commonplace) noises to make music. Or, as he explains:

“There are two pigeons right there, so if I threw some bread and scared them off, I could turn that flutter sound into a Mannie Fresh snare roll.”

This creative wizardry has led him to work with acts like The Roots, Kool AD, Heems, and Antwon, and it’s what goes on in the type of brain that makes someone think ‘Hmm, silence – let’s sample it.’ Which is exactly what he does in this clip, then running it through his synth, pairs it with a fireball-snare and plays keys over top.

Robert Brown


More beatmaking magic

Listen: Hot Sugar – ‘Made Man’ EP
Listen: Hot Sugar – ‘Zanny Bath’ (feat. Bill Ding)