Amy Winehouse Covers Playlists


On this day in 2011, the world of music lost a great talent. Despite Amy Winehouse‘s tragically short recording career, she left behind an incredibly rich catalog including a great number of covers of soul classics and personal influences, among them greats penned by the likes of Marvin Gaye and Etta James. In memory, we’ve compiled 2 playlists, the first containing cover songs she recorded over the course of her career and the second containing the songs she covered and was influenced by. There’s some real gold in here! Listen and enjoy:

Covers by Amy Winehouse

Songs Covered by Amy Winehouse


1. Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse – Valerie cover of The Zutons – Valerie
2. Amy Winehouse – (There Is) No Greater Love cover of Billie Holiday – There Is No Greater Love
3. Amy Winehouse – A Song for You cover of Leon Russell – A Song for You
4. Amy Winehouse – Cupid cover of Sam Cooke – Cupid
5. Amy Winehouse – Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? cover of The Shirelles – Will You Love Me Tomorrow
6. Amy Winehouse – Monkey Man cover of Toots & the Maytals – Monkey Man
7. Amy Winehouse & Paul Weller feat. Jools Holland – Don’t Go to Strangers cover of Etta Jones – Don’t Go to Strangers
8. Amy Winehouse – Our Day Will Come cover of Ruby and the Romantics – Our Day Will Come
9. Amy Winehouse – Moody’s Mood for Love cover of King Pleasure – Moody’s Mood for Love
10. Amy Winehouse – The Girl From Ipanema cover of João Gilberto & Stan Getz feat. Astrud Gilberto – The Girl From Ipanema
11. Amy Winehouse & Paul Weller feat. Jools Holland – I Heard It Through the Grapevine cover of Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through the Grapevine
12. Quincy Jones feat. Amy Winehouse – It’s My Party cover of Lesley Gore – It’s My Party
13. Amy Winehouse – You’re Wondering Now cover of Andy & Joey – You’re Wondering Now
14. Amy Winehouse – Round Midnight cover of Thelonious Monk – ‘Round Midnight
15. Amy Winehouse – Hey, Little Rich Girl cover of The Specials – Hey, Little Rich Girl
16. Amy Winehouse – Lullaby of Birdland cover of Sarah Vaughan – Lullaby of Birdland
17. Amy Winehouse feat. Jools Holland – Tenderly cover of Sarah Vaughan & George Treadwell – Tenderly
18. Amy Winehouse – To Know Him Is to Love Him cover of The Teddy Bears – To Know Him Is to Love Him
19. Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse – Body and Soul cover of Ambrose and His Orchestra feat. Sam Browne – Body and Soul
20. Amy Winehouse – Someone to Watch Over Me cover of Gertrude Lawrence & George Gershwin – Someone to Watch Over Me
21. Amy Winehouse – Teach Me Tonight cover of Janet Brace – Teach Me Tonight


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Celebrate George Clinton’s Birthday with a Playlist of his Most Sampled Tracks

Today, being friend of the site George Clinton‘s 74th birthday, we’re celebrating the occasion with a pair of playlists: The first contains the Top 10 most sampled tracks from one of the most sampled artists of all time, drawing on solo material and tracks by Clinton’s seminal groups Parliament and Funkadelic. The second contains 10 iconic tracks to have sampled Clinton’s work featuring classics from Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, Dr Dre and more. Listen & enjoy!:

1. George Clinton – ‘Atomic Dog’: sampled 229 times
2. Parliament – ‘Flash Light’: sampled 138 times
3. Funkadelic – ‘Good Old Music’: sampled 134 times
4. Funkadelic – ‘(Not Just) Knee Deep’: sampled 134 times
5. Funkadelic – ‘One Nation Under a Groove’: sampled 74 times
6. Parliament – ‘Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop)’: sampled 55 times
7. Parliament – ‘Mothership Connection (Star Child)’: sampled 51 times
8. Funkadelic – ‘Get Off Your Ass and Jam’: sampled 52 times
9. Parliament – ‘Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)’: sampled 41 times
10. Parliament – ‘Sir Nose D’Voidoffunk [Pay Attention – B3M]’: sampled 31 times

1. Snoop Doog – Who Am I (What’s My Name)?
2. Digital Underground – Doowutchyalike
3. Massive Attack – Safe From Harm
4. De La Soul – Me Myself and I
5. Ice Cube – Bop Gun (One Nation)
6. Ice Cube – Ghetto Bird
7. Dr Dre – Let Me Ride
8. A Tribe Called Quest – The Pressure
9. Grandmaster Flash – Tear The Roof Off
10. N.W.A – Niggaz 4 Life

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Black Eyed Peas’ New Track ‘Yesterday’ Pays Tribute to Golden Era Greats: Sample Playlists

Over the weekend it was hard to escape news of the return of the Black Eyed Peas and their new nostalgia filled track and accompanying video ‘Yesterday’. Peppered with samples of and references to past time greats, the track is an homage to the underground club bangers of hip hop’s late 80s / early 90s golden era. Substantial samples of familiar cuts (Black Sheep’s ‘Choice is Yours’, Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s ‘T.R.O.Y’ by way of obvious example) rub shoulders with a few more obscure references (Will.I.Am repeating Kool Keith‘s ‘Galaxy Rays, powerful’ lyric from Ultramagnetic MCs ‘Raise It Up‘ being a somewhat leftfield inclusion). All in all, the track references over 25 classic cuts, most depicted in the video as records are pulled from the racks of the record shop where the Peas deliver their ode. (Side note for those with a keen eye: The KRS-One album used to depict the use of the ‘Sound of Da Police’ sample is not in fact the album on which the track appears!).

Here we compile the song’s samples and influences into two playlists: The first, titled ‘The Samples’, contains the hip hop anthems sampled and referenced in ‘Yesterday’. The second, titled ‘The Sample Chains’, goes one step deeper and contains the original funk, soul, rock and jazz cuts sampled in those hip hop classics plus a handful of the non-hip hop samples to appear in the Black Eyed Peas track.

Black Eyed Peas ‘Yesterday’ (THE SAMPLES):

Black Eyed Peas ‘Yesterday’ (THE SAMPLE CHAINS):

Explore all the connections and more on WhoSampled here.

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Stevie Wonder ‘Wonder-Full Mix’ mixed by DJ Spinna for WhoSampled

Born in 1999 as an annual party in DJ Spinna’s hometown of NYC, Wonder-Full has since toured around the World and finally lands in London for the very first time on July 24th. This unique party celebrates the sound of Stevie Wonder, not to mentioned being officially endorsed by the great man himself. Recorded at a recent ‘Wonder-Full’ show in Berlin, this WhoSampled exclusive mix will not only give you an taste of the event, but also a reminder of why DJ Spinna is regarded as one of the best DJs on the planet. Listen here or below:

Stevie Wonder 'Wonder-Full Mix' mixed by DJ Spinna by Whosampled on Mixcloud

DJ Spinna performs a rare ‘Wonder-Full’ set at London’s Scala in conjunction with The Doctor’s Orders and BBE Records on 24th July. Purchase tickets here.

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Schema Re-issue Rare Italian Library Albums: Win Vinyl!


Originally released in 1973 and conceived as a collection of tracks intended for use in TV broadcasting, ‘To-day’s Sound’ has become one of the most popular works by renowned Italian composer Piero Umiliani and is regarded as one of the best of his long career. Umiliani on this album utilises Moog, Hammond and other keyboards and is accompanied by a cast of excellent and talented jazz players: Franco D’Andrea and Giovanni Tommaso (both of the group Perigeo), the trumpeter Oscar Valdambrini, guitarist Silvano Chimenti from I Grès group, percussionist Ciro Cicco and many others. Collectively these artists have been sampled by the cream of the hip hop underground and beyond.

Offering radically different styles and atmospheres, in order to promote the use of the tracks in movies and TV series (Psych-funk track ‘Open Space’ was used for the opening credits of the movie ‘Baba Yaga’) ‘To-day’s Sound’ is a perfect example of Umiliani’s incredible and diverse talent, capable of mastering a multitude of genres and sounds without losing his personal touch.

Schema have recently reissued this rare library album. We have 5 copies of the beautiful gatefold double vinyl album and poster to give away. For a chance to win, all you need to do is answer the following question:

“Jim Henson’s puppet creations The Muppets performed a famous cover version of which Piero Umiliani composition?” [Clue: The answer can be found on WhoSampled!]

Email your answers to with ‘Schema Competition’ in the subject heading. Entries must be received no later than 5pm (BST) on 15th July 2015. Winners will be notified by email.

For those not lucky enough to win, then album can be purchased here.

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Vince Staples Speaks on ‘Summertime ’06’ Album Release

Long Beach, California Rapper Vince Staples has just dropped his debut album for Def Jam and it’s already being hailed as one of the hottest albums of the year. Featuring production from frequent Kanye / Common collaborator No I.D, Clams Casino and DJ Dahi among others, there’s no shortage of talent on the production team, but the collabs end there, Staples having commented:

“There are literally no artists I want to collaborate with. I believe in doing things that makes sense for the record. What does it mean when you want to work with someone but don’t have an idea for them? You just want their name on the song so people pay you more attention. I’m very specific about my music because my music belongs to me.”

Complex met with Vince at the Def Jam offices in New York City ahead of a weekend where he opened up for both Pusha T and Run the Jewels during Brooklyn’s Northside Festival. Check the video below to hear Staples shed some light on his career, what inspired the debut album, and why he feels features aren’t what he needs to craft a sonic masterpiece.

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The Last Poets Live at Jazz Cafe London: Win Tickets

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Born out of the American civil rights movement in the late 1960s, The Last Poets fused rhythmic poetry with sparse percussive soundtracks, delivering revolutionary messages in support of freedom and equality via a series of albums released throughout the 1970s. Frequently cited as ‘founding fathers’ of hip hop, their unique brand of rhythmic poetry has been sampled by artists including A Tribe Called Quest, Notorious BIG, N.W.A and many more.

Group member Jalaludin M. Nuriddin also recorded under the alias Lightnin’ Rod, a moniker he would use to record ‘Hustler’s Convention, a proto-rap concept album now more than 40 years old. (You can read WhoSampled’s interview with Jalal about the album and its making here.)

On Sunday 19th July, The Last Poets perform a rare UK show at London’s world famous Jazz Cafe with support from WhoSampled DJs.

We have 5 pairs of tickets to give away. For a chance to win, all you need to do is answer the following question:

“The Last Poets collaborated with Common on which Kanye West produced track?” [Clue: The answer can be found on WhoSampled!]

Email your answers to with ‘Last Poets Competition’ in the subject heading. Entries must be received no later than 5pm (BST) on 8th July 2015. Winners will be notified by email. Please note winners will be responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the venue.

For those not lucky enough to win, tickets can be purchased here.


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Magnum Opus: The Making of Gang Starr’s Mass Appeal

The latest edition of Complex Magazine‘s ‘Magnum Opus’ series puts the making of Gang Starr’s 1994 classic ‘Mass Appeal’ under the microscope with interview footage from DJ Premier,  those involved in the record’s creation and DJs of the day including Stretch Armstrong and many more.

Watch below:

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House Music’s Top 10 Most Sampled Sources mixed by Chris Read


Words: Zoe Stoll / Chris Read

The phrase House Music means a variety of things to a variety of people. In the current landscape of sub-genres of sub-genres it can be used either as an umbrella term for a myriad of splinter scenes or a term attached to those styles of dance music that stay closer to house music’s origins. Whilst sampling almost certainly plays a less prominent role in house music’s over all make up today than it did 25 years ago, sampling has been central to the genre’s development, particularly in its formative years. From iconic disco and useful acapellas to house music’s tendency to borrow from its own classics, here we review the top 10 most sampled sources in house music:

r60124_201367_14283592049910. Lyn Collins – ‘Think’

With over 1,200 listings across all genres (and plenty more to come), Lyn Collins iconic ‘Think’ breakbeat and its famous ‘wooh-yeah’ breakdown has found usage in almost all fields of dance music in some form. As the only breakbeat to feature in this Top 10, more so than any other, the ‘Think’ break was ubiquitous in house music’s sample based roots and was a staple of the late ’80s / early ’90s Hip-House sound in particular. Notable uses include Tyree’s ‘Let The Music Take Control’ and Fast Eddie’s ‘Yo Yo Get Funky’.

sr418_201025_112561596739. Loleatta Holloway – ‘Crash Goes Love’ (Yell Apella)

The first of two entries in our Top 10 for Loleatta Holloway, this Acapella track taken from the 1992 Warlock 12 inch release of Loleatta Holloway‘s ‘Crash Goes Love’ contains a throaty gospel-esque vocal with sassy spoken passages that makes it a perfect sample source. However, it is the brief ‘whoop’ that appears a little under a minute into the track and its subsequent repetition later in the track that is the most sampled, having been used by artists ranging from New York house icon Armand Van Helden, to less credible dance acts including Euro-house hitmakers 2 Unlimited, the Vengaboys and David Guetta.

r2_2008122_16551624878. Raw Silk – ‘Do It To The Music’

Released in 1982 on West End records, Raw Silk‘s mid tempo post-disco cut ‘Do It To The Music’ found favour as the backbone to a number of early house cuts and was frequently plundered in late ’80s hip hop. A stand out record in its own right, notable uses include early proto-house cuts from the likes of Jack N Madness and Mr. K (the former a drum machine led electro outing, the latter a cut and paste style edit) both of which played some part in the lineage of records that led to the popular explosion of the sample based house sound in the late ’80s. Other popular uses include 2 In A Room‘s late 80s acid-esque ‘Music’s Hypnotizing’ and UK hardcore pioneers Shut Up And Dance‘s uncharacteristic hip hop cut ‘Rap’s My Occupation’, b-side to the rave classic ‘£10 To Get In’.

r6314_201015_09477293427. Class Action – ‘The Weekend’

Class Action‘s 1983 boogie outing ‘Weekend’, released on New York’s Sleeping Bag Records with its useful acapella passages quickly found its way into a plethora of early house releases including Cuoco’s 1984 proto-house edit mix ‘Circus’, New York house legend Todd Terry‘s 1988 Todd Terry Project release simply entitled ‘Weekend’ and UK DJ Simon Harris‘ 1989 hit single ‘Bass, How Low Can You Go’. The record went on to be sampled in a plethora of early 90s underground house cuts.

r58473_2013718_1546107867366. Kraze – ‘The Party’

The popular vocal to Kraze‘s 1988 piano house cut ‘The Party’ comprises for the most part the crowd rousing shouts of what would now be termed a hype man. It’s not hard to see why cries of ‘hey DJ’, ‘pump up the bass’ and ‘give me a beat’ lifted from the acapella version became staple sources in a variety of early house cuts. Many tracks take their name from vocals lifted from Kraze’s cut, Gabinete Calighari’sPump Up The Bass being just one such example.

sr2403_201053_2113175990595. Rhythm Controll – ‘My House’

Chuck Roberts’ spoken word intro to Rhythm Controll‘s 1987 underground anthem ‘My House’ formed a sort of unofficial manifesto for the ‘feeling’ of house music of the day. Delivered in a style not unlike that of a preacher before a congregation, the iconic line “In the beginning there was Jack and Jack had a groove and from this groove came the groove of all grooves…” and its following sermon has been sampled in house music throughout the years by artists ranging from Todd Terry to Deejays United to Julio Bashmore. The most famous use however is Larry Heard’s ‘Can You Feel It’ released under his Fingers Inc. moniker, the 1988 track being largely responsible for popularising the acapella’s use.

sr7_2008925_190167404734. Yazoo – ‘Situation’

Yazoo’s early 80s UK #1 synth pop hit ‘Situation’ vocaled by Alison Moyet bucks the trend of our Top 10 so far. Not only is it the first track to sit stylistically outside the confines of disco, boogie and early house, it is also the first (other than ‘Think’) not to have appeared on one of the editions of the popular ‘Acapella Anonymous’ bootleg series, a prominent source of sample material for DJs and producers of the day. Notable uses of ‘Situation’ include UK house hits from the likes of S’Express and Simon Harris as well as US hip house cuts from Twin Hype amongst others. Most heavily sampled is the laughter that appears around 2o seconds into the track which has graced tracks as diverse as Rhythim is Rhythim’s ‘Nude Photo’ and, outside the realms of house, King Sun’s ‘Lethal Weapon’.


3. Loleatta Holloway – ‘Love Sensation’

The second entry in our Top 10 for Loleatta Holloway returns to familiar territory, a disco cut with a powerful gospel tinged vocal, the acapella to which also appeared on an edition of the Acapella Anonymous series. With a concentration of use in late ’80s / early’ 90s house, use of the track experienced a renaissance in the early ’00s with appearances in a number of Drum & Bass releases and into the current decade has been used by the likes of Skream amongst others.

r1584_2009614_1234515076362. Indeep – ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’

Indeep‘s early 80s ‘Sound of New York’ released smash ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’ is an anthem. A timeless DJ record in its own right, the punchy open drums of the intro, the catchy bass groove, the vocal breakdown and of course the subject matter all give this track the hallmarks of a well used sample source. Used in house and hip hop in near equal measure, notable examples range from Bomb the Bass‘s late 80s proto-house hit  ‘Beat Dis’ to Todd Edwards late 90s rework ‘Saved My Life’.

r13465_201114_1330156544071. First Choice – ‘Let No Man Put Asunder’

If there is one track in our Top 10 that typifies sample trends in early house then this is probably the one. Originally released in 1977 this mid tempo disco outing contains the particular brand of warm soulful vocals that make for ideal house music sample material. Remixed in the early 80s by house music / remix royalty Frankie Knuckles and Shep Pettibone, the acapella version also appeared, predictably, on one of the Acapella Anonymous compilations. House icons who have sampled ‘Let No Man…’ are almost too numerous to mention but amongst them are Royal House‘s Todd Terry produced 1988 underground smash ‘Can You Party’ and early Masters at Work production ‘Mondolay’.

Check out our mixtape of these classic tracks mixed by Chris Read on Mixcloud:

House Music's Top 10 Most Sampled Sources mixed by Chris Read by Whosampled on Mixcloud

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Happy Birthday Kanye: Celebrate with our Mix of his Greatest Samples

kanye_samples_mix_400x400Today being Kanye‘s birthday, we thought we’d revisit our ‘Kanye: The Samples’ mixtape, first posted upon the release of Yeezus back in 2013. Listen here or via the embed below to take a trip through some of Ye’s more memorable sample sources, from Super Beagle‘s dancehall adlibs used in the 2012 smash ‘Mercy’ to Shirley Bassey‘s hook from ‘Diamonds from Sierra Leone’ via Lauryn Hill, The Emotions and more:

Kanye West: The Samples mixed by Chris Read by Whosampled on Mixcloud

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