Grooves & Samples #11: Placebo – Humpty Dumpty (1971)

Grooves & Samples #11: Placebo – Humpty Dumpty (1971)

Grooves & Samples is a weekly dive into old dusty crates of jazz, funk, soul and beyond.

Our focus this week is Marc Moulin, an incredible Belgian jazz musician and producer with a career spanning 5 decades. In the world of hip hop, he is perhaps most known for his work with avant-garde jazz rock band Placebo. 

From 1971 to 1974, Placebo released 3 albums full wild musical fusion that takes elements of psychedelic rock, funk, jazz, and the modern electronics of the time.  Each LP is truly a gem for any collector as the records have become rather rare and can sell for many hundreds of dollars.

The most sampled Marc Moulin and Placebo groove is the track “Humpty Dumpty”, from 1971’s Ball of Eyes. The melodious and ultra-catchy jazz funk track has been reworked by many hip hop producers including Pete Rock, Aim, J Dilla, and many more. Check it out below along with a few songs that sampled “Humpty Dumpty”.

Kamir Hiam (USA) has been obsessed with hip hop culture since discovering rap as a child in the mid 90s. As curator of The Find's Stay Thirsty podcast, he is an obsessive crate digger, always looking for more dope music. Other hobbies include travel, reading, fitness, and science.