Melvin Bliss – Synthetic Substitution (Documentary)


Watch and learn as director Earl Holder and Peripheral Enterprises present a documentary about Melvin Bliss and his famous recording, Synthetic Substitution.  As one of the most sampled drum breaks ever, Synthetic Substitution featured drumming by none other than the master Bernard Purdie.

4,334 thoughts on “Melvin Bliss – Synthetic Substitution (Documentary)”

  1. wow, i never even knew what this guy looked like before today. lookin’ forward to seein’ the doc when it comes out. good job ck.

  2. WOW… Did. He. Bleach… All. That? *DEAD* In other news, classic break! Pretty Purdie’s drumkit in my opinion was made for hip hop because he was a minimalist. Fuck an overdone solo, get it in!

  3. THIS IS A BLOW HE WAS ONE OF THE GREATS OF ALL TIME THAT IS A CLASSIC BREAK BEAT I FIRST HEARD IT ON ULTRA MAGNETTIC MC’c RIP TO YOU MELVIN BLISS.

  4. R.I.P. Melvin Bliss! He had one of the phattest joints ripped for a sample of all time on the Synthetic Substitution track! He will be missed!

  5. Have nothing to say… Was watching this view some months ago, was glad that his alive and well…Rest in peace! God bless your soul!

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  7. I hope Mr. Bliss realized that he’s appreciated by us beatheads worldwide.
    I didn’t know Bernard “Pretty Purdie” played that classic break! Peace and props to him as well.Got to give it up to Ced Gee for blowing the dust off of ‘Synthetic Substitution” in the Ultra lab and putting all of us up on one of the illest breaks of all time. If you listen to the entire song and the lyrics Mr.Bliss put down, you would find it’s an ill RECORD too. R.I.P. Mr. Melvin Bliss!

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