Win CTI Records Book / CD Box Sets!

CTIBookset_400The impact on sample based music of the output of Creed Taylor‘s CTI imprint is near unparalleled, many of jazz and funk’s most sampled names having recorded for the label during their careers. From the Hubert Laws flute loop which backed J. Cole‘s 2013 smash ‘Power Trip‘ to Bob JamesNautilus and its appearance on countless hip hop classics of the 80s and 90s,  the label’s releases have provided the backdrop to some of sample based music’s most memorable moments. Other artists on the label’s roster include the likes of  Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, George Benson, Freddie Hubbard and Eumir Deodato (you can check our interview with him here) among many others, all of whom are of course also much sampled.

Looking back on the label’s stellar catalogue, Sony have produced a fantastic 4 CD retrospective, ‘CTI Records: The Cool Revolution’, housed in a hardback book which offers extended liner notes, photographs of the label’s artists and original sleeve artwork.

We have copies of this fantastic box set to give away to 5 lucky readers! For a chance to a win, all you need to do is answer the following question:

This CD set includes Deodato’s most commercially successful CTI release, a track which achieved fame as the title music to Stanley Kubrick‘s 1968 movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. That track is a cover version of a 19th Century classical piece by which composer? [Clue: The answer can be found by searching on WhoSampled!]

Email your answers to with ‘CTI Comp’ in the subject heading. Entries must be received no later than 6pm BST on 4th June 2014. A winner will be randomly selected from the correct entries and notified by email.

If you’re not lucky enough to win, fear not – you can get your hands on a copy of this great set here.

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DJ Format interviewed for WhoSampled

For the latest edition of the WhoSampled interview series, we speak with renowned UK digger, DJ and producer DJ Format about his 20+ year career which takes in several high profile album releases, official mix albums for the likes of Fania and Fabric Live, collaborations with vocalists Phill Most Chill, Abdominal, Jurassic 5 and even a stint driving J5’s tour bus. Tune in for tales of digging, recording and life on the road!

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WhoSampled Launches Movie & TV Sample Listings!

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We are very pleased to announce that for the first time samples of dialogue and sound effects originating from movies and TV shows are now available on WhoSampled!

This much requested feature will allow users to identify connections between their favorite music and its on-screen inspiration. From Al Pacino‘s iconic monologues in Brian De Palma‘s 1983 Gangster classic ‘Scarface‘ to comedy quotables in ‘Seinfeld‘, movie and TV show samples have helped provide some of the most memorable moments of popular music in recent years.

A valuable addition to the existing database of over 310,000 tracks, WhoSampled now allows these iconic movie and TV references to be explored and shared with scenes available to view alongside the music that has sampled them.

New and regular users of the site are invited to view our updated submission guidelines which explain all you need to know about submitting movie and TV samples.

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DJ Rashad Remembered


Last year Chicago lost two of its brightest lights; both of whom were legendary record producers, world-renowned DJs, and pioneers of their craft; both Frankie Knuckles and DJ Rashad will be remembered for years to come for their innovation and dedication to pushing forward their respective musical boundaries. Knuckles’ productions were largely original electronic compositions and while Rashad also incorporated synthesised sounds into his signature sound palette, his most memorable and effective work came in the form of frenetic sample manipulation. As the week closes out we remember a year ago to this weekend that we lost DJ Rashad and the incredible impact he had on both the Footwork genre and the wider musical community.

Founding member of the Ghettoteknitianz (which later evolved into the Teklife crew) Rashad has been credited for promoting the Footwork sound from the local dance scenes in Chicago and introducing it to the rest of the world, his musical output was continuing to strengthen from release to release, and having secured some high-profile remixes, as well as touring alongside Chance The Rapper in 2013 things were looking big for Rashad making his passing feel all the more tragic.

We’ve dug through the site and pulled out 5 of Rashad’s most impressive sample collages from over the years and some special tracks that encapsulate his sound:


Somethin ‘Bout The Things U Do (2014)

Released last year shortly after his death, this release is as good a starting point as any highlighting Rashad’s sonic style. Co-produced by Dance Mania legend DJ Gant-Man this straightforward flip of Chaka Khan‘s ‘I Feel for You’ undergoes an anti-chop & screw and comes out more jubilant and dancefloor friendly than the original

album-1382046947Let U No (2013)

A collaboration with long-time partner DJ Spinn from 2013’s Double Cup LP, this flip of Floetry‘s ‘Say Yes’ showcases his use of snappy percussion (this same overdriven kit can be heard across most of his output), deep sub-bass and 303 programming all coming together seamlessly

Love U Foundjust-a-taste-vol-1 (2011)

Another track from an earlier Rashad release, Just a Taste Vol. 1, this track feels like a perfect legacy to the musician, particularly the moment around 1:30 when the sample opens up and the loops reach a hard-hitting climax

DJ-Rashad-Rollin-EPRollin’ (2013)

One of Rashad’s most impressive flips transforms Jagged Edge‘s neo-soul croon ‘Walked Outta Heaven’ into a dancefloor weapon. Juxtaposed with DJ Spinn’s molly referencing vocals and some brutally hard panning (headphone listeners beware…) this track’s energy sums up the global excitement around Footwork & Juke and the new rhythmic possibilities at this tempo being explored by Rashad and his Teklife crew

just-a-taste-vol-1I’m Gone (2011)

Very difficult to listen to this track nowadays if you were a big fan of either of these artists. The beauty of both this and the original source are undeniable and Rashad’s raw MPC chops and intricate syncopations compliment Gil Scott-Heron‘s incredible lyrics flawlessly


Words – Ethan Illingworth (@illersss)

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A Tribe Called Quest ‘People’s Instinctive Travels…’ 25th Anniversary Mixtape mixed by Chris Read


Today marks the 25th Anniversary of A Tribe Called Quest‘s seminal debut album ‘People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm’. Following in the footsteps of De La Soul‘s genre defining ‘3 Feet High and Rising’ released one year prior, ‘Instinctive Travels’ was notable not only for its honest and in places humorous lyrical content, but also for its eclectic palette of sample material. In an era when James Brown staples were still go to sources for many producers Tribe, like De La before them, ventured into the unknown, drawing on material from the likes of Billy Brooks, Eugene McDaniels and Luther Ingram to create a melting pot of jazz, soul, funk and rock. Together with output from fellow Native Tongues the Jungle Brothers and others, it was evident that these albums were more than mere curios – a movement had been born.

In celebration of the anniversary we team up once again with Wax Poetics to present an exclusive mixtape mixed by WhoSampled‘s Chris Read comprising album cuts, alternate versions, b sides, interview snippets and of course original sample material. Track list and listen link below:

1. A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It? (Extended Boilerhouse Mix) (Extract).
2. A Tribe Called Quest – If The Papes Come (Loop)
3. Chris Read – Theme #3 (Scratchapella)
4. Jimi Hendrix – EXP (sampled in ‘If The Papes Come’)
5. Eugene McDaniels – Jagger The Dagger (sampled in ‘Push It Along’ and others)
6. Ali Shaheed Muhammad interview for Wax Poetics
7. Junior Mance – Thank You Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Agin (sampled in ‘Push It Along’)
8. Grover Washington Junior – Loran’s Dance (sampled in ‘Push It Along’)
9. A Tribe Called Quest – Push It Along
10. A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum (Why? Version)
11. Carly Simon – Why (Extended Version) (sampled in ‘Bonita Applebum (Why? Version)’)
12. Little Feat – Fool Yourself (sampled in ‘Bonita Applebum (Album Version)’)
13. Isley Brothers – Between The Sheets (sampled in ‘Bonita Applebum (Hootie Mix)’)
14. A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum (Hootie Mix)
15. RAMP – Daylight (sampled in ‘Bonita Applebum (Album Version)’)
16. A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum (Album Version)
17. Funkadelic – Nappy Dug Out (sampled in ‘Ham & Eggs’)
18. A Tribe Called Quest – Ham & Eggs
19. Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side (sampled in ‘Can I Kick It?’)
20. A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It? (Extended Boilerhouse Mix)
21. Lonnie Smith – Spinning Wheel (sampled in ‘Can I Kick It?)
22. Chambers Brothers – Funky (sampled in ‘I Left My Wallet in El Segundo’)
23. A Tribe Called Quest – I Left My Wallet In El Segundo
24. A Tribe Called Quest – Footprints
25. Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke (sampled in ‘Footprints’)
26. The Cannonball Adderley Quintet feat Jesse Jackson – Walk Tall (sampled in ‘Footprints)
27. Donald Byrd – Think Twice (sampled in ‘Footprints’)
28. Sly & The Family Stone  – Remember Who You Are (sampled in ‘After Hours’)
29. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘After Hours’
30. Billy Brooks – Forty Days (sampled in ‘Luck of Lucien’)
31. A Tribe Called Quest – Luck of Lucien
32. A Tribe Called Quest – Rhythm (Devoted to the Art of Moving Butts)
33. Earth Wind & Fire – Brazilian Rhyme (Beijo Interlude) (sampled in ‘Mr Muhammad’)
34. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Mr Muhammad’
35. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Description of a Fool’
36. Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Running Away (sampled in ‘Description of a Fool’)
37. Billy Baron and his Smokin Challengers – Communication is Where It’s At (sampled in ‘Public Enemy)
39. A Tribe Called Quest – Public Enemy
40. Reuben Wilson – Inner City Blues (sampled in ‘Youthful Expression’)
41. A Tribe Called Quest – Youthful Expression
42. Slave – Son of Slide (sampled in ‘Go Ahead In The Rain’)
42. A Tribe Called Quest – Go Ahead in the Rain
43. A Tribe Called Quest – Ham & Eggs (Outro)

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A Tribe Called Quest 'People's Instinctive Travels' 25th Anniversary Mixtape mixed by Chris Read by Whosampled on Mixcloud

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Explore WhoSampled Aretha Franklin: Infographic

datavisualisatiewhosampledFriend of WhoSampled Suzanne Soulier, has produced a fantastic infographic exploring the influence of Aretha Franklin‘s music on the artists of today. Click on the image above to enlarge and explore the web of connections between Aretha and artists including Mos Def, Kanye West, Nas and many more.

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WhoSampled presents ‘Digging in the Vaults': Vinyl & Digital Pre-Order Now Available


We are very pleased to announce that 30th March 2015 sees the official release of ‘WhoSampled presents ‘Digging in the Vaults’. Available as 7 track 10″ vinyl or extended 11 track digital album, the release available to pre-order via Bandcamp now!

Release info:

“In Spring 2014, WhoSampled took a group of renowned UK diggers, producers and beatmakers to the vinyl archives of famed library music specialists Imagem, in which resides a complete collection of the highly collectable releases of the Boosey & Hawkes and Cavendish music libraries. Their mission: to excavate rare sample material from which new compositions could be created.

The recordings unearthed at the archive session were made available to 20 up-andcoming producers at ‘Samplethon‘, a unique ‘Hackathon for Music Producers’, at which those producers competed against the clock to create new music based on the archive material. This 2NX release showcases the winning entries produced at the event alongside tracks from the artists who made up the event’s panel of judges and mentors, among them Mark Rae, Mr Thing, Soundsci, Chris Read and My Panda Shall Fly.

Available as both a 10” vinyl EP and digital LP (containing additional tracks), the vinyl release focuses on the more hip-hop orientated tracks from this varied collection.

Artists featured include Soundsci (a group which counts among its members Ninja Tune signings Jonny Cuba and The Herbaliser‘s Ollie Teeba) and BBE’s Chris Read who joins forces with famed Philadelphia record digging aficionado Soulman, recording under his ‘Phill Most Chill‘ moniker. Both deliver brooding vocal tracks, the latter aptly juxtaposing a 70s TV crime series flavoured beat with reflections on America’s current police injustices.

Instrumental tracks come from a pair of UK hip hop legends in the form of former World DMC Champion DJ Mr Thing and seasoned producer Mark Rae (Rae & Christian / Grand Central). Each deliver classic head nod feel alongside infectious instrumental outings from Samplethon winners Danny Drive Thru, Illiterate and Sleepless.

The digital release features a further 4 tracks not available on the vinyl release including a Rhodesy instrumental hip hop cut from Chris Read, intricate sample flips from Jackson Almond and two futuristic interpretations from Soundway and Project Mooncircle’s My Panda Shall Fly, and newcomer Innovance.”

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Vessel and Inmix Ensemble Perform Live at Tate Britain for Philips x Noisey’s #YNTHT Project

You may recall some months ago we reported the launch of an exciting new collaboration between Philips and Noisey titled ‘You Need to Hear This‘. Encouraging artistic collaboration and innovative use of space, the project pairs musicians and performers with unique locations to deliver one of a kind performances. The latest edition sees Vessel team up with Inmix Ensemble for a live performance at London’s Tate Britain. Filmed exclusively for You Need To Hear This, the following short video captures the collaborative process behind the music and the captivating performance itself:

Discover more about Philips x Noisey ‘You Need to Hear This’ and check out the new Philips Citiscape headphone range here.

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Radiohead – The Bends 20th Anniversary


Today marks 20 years since the release of Radiohead‘s breakout album ‘The Bends’. Though the band shot to fame with their ‘Creep‘ single in 1992 (which has been frequently covered since its release, at least 36 times on record), it wasn’t until ‘The Bends’ that the band begun to garner critical acclaim and respect from independent music aficionados. A pleasant counter-point to the Britpop movement of the time, ‘The Bends’ occupies a unique place in “classic album” territory – it’s considered by many to be one of the last great straight-up ‘Rock’ records before the genre hit stagnation or its major acts (including Radiohead themselves) pursued a different sonic path.  Here we run down some of the most interesting samples of and covers from this now-classic rock album.

Dan-Le-Sac-Vs-Scroobius-Letter-From-God-T-439933Planet Telex – In hindsight, the epic opening track of ‘The Bends’ gently hinted at Radiohead’s future experimentation with electronics and synthetic textures. The recently disbanded UK hip-hop duo Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip‘s ‘Letter From God to Man’ utilised the pre-verse chords as the backdrop to Scroobius Pip’s poetic and biting lyrical flow, before mashing up the chorus and main hook with the Amen break to create the track’s glorious jungle-esque final minute. Discussing the sample with the BBC around the time of the release of their debut album the duo said; “We were quite devious and used everyone we knew. We knew Rob da Bank was seeing one of their producers so we made sure he had a copy. Then we got this message saying they’re going to have a listen to it.” (Dan Le Sac) “Because it had taken so long, we’d almost thrown in the towel on it……..It [the response] was brief, like ‘You have band approval for this’, but that was enough for me.” (Scroobius Pip)

ronsonJustMark Ronson (in collaboration with Phantom Planet) provided a chart-friendly horn-filled funk cover of ‘Just’ on his 2007 covers album ‘Version’.  A DJ shadow-era UNKLE sampled a brief snippet of the song’s climax on Intro (optional) – a “hidden” track on certain versions of their debut album ‘Psyence Fiction’ (only available by rewinding the first track on certain CD players). Thom Yorke also appeared as a guest vocalist on the penultimate track of that album – the David Axelrod-sampling ‘Rabbit In Your Headlights’.

The_Bends_SingleThe Bends – The title track has been given a thrash make-over by the metal sub-genre leaders Anthrax and was sampled by Massive Attack towards the end of ‘False Flags‘. Thom Yorke and 3D (Robert Del Naja) are known to be good friends and like-minded collaborators, they famously DJed at the London site of the Occupy movement in late 2011 and more recently have scored the film ‘UK Gold’, a documentary about tax avoidance in the City of London.

mr2606_2009831_45355910309Street Spirit (Fade Out)Joe Budden sampled the famously depressing arpeggiated guitar riff from Street Spirit on mixtape track ‘Never Again’. One of the band’s most successful singles (achieving a #5 placing on the UK chart), ‘Street Spirit’ has been re-done by classical piano cover artist and NPR radio host Christopher O’Reily, who has also provided his own take on other ‘The Bends’ tracks ‘Fake Plastic Trees’, ‘Black Star’, ‘Nice Dream’ and ‘Bulletproof… I Wish I Was’. Cringeworthy joke-rock band The Darkness also covered the song on their 2012 record ‘Hot Cakes’.

Words – Henry Macleod (@airbagmusic)

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Steve Aoki Crashes the Smirnoff House Party in New Video!


Smirnoff together with Steve Aoki have produced a new video for the DJ / producer’s good times single ‘Born to Get Wild’ featuring Will.I.Am. Catchy vocal hooks from the Black Eyed Peas front man meet stadium EDM for a track which has all the hallmarks of a summer anthem. The accompanying visuals see Aoki performing in the up close and personal environment of #SmirnoffHouse, breaking down the barriers so often present between artist and audience to get among the party crowd… and yes, there is cake! Check out the video below to see Steve share his music with the fans, get down to some partying and even a little skateboarding:



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