[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).]
This isn’t the typical entry in the much-maligned I’ll Give You a Break series, but bear with me. “Aus (The End)” is a low-slung slice of electronic exotica that edges into some psychotropic, futurist realms, especially for 1975 (the track comes from the Einzelgänger LP, a fairly obscure title in the Giorgio Moroder discography). It hardly resembles the disco hit “Love to Love You Baby” Moroder created for Donna Summer that same year.
“Aus” is a tense percolator that sounds like a cross between Can's Future Days and Haruomi Hosono's Cochin Moon, but the first minute or so has plenty of understated drum-machine and synth menace to lay the foundation for something gripping. Given how swift the tempo is, producers may want to pitch it down, which would lend things an even darker tone. And that’s in high demand with a lot of hiphop artists right now. (Play "Aus" long enough and you'll forget the weak track Giorgio did with Daft Punk on Random Access Memories.)