Lunice x LuckyMe – ‘Can’t Wait to’ [Video] produced in conjunction with Lexus NX


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In celebration of the launch of the new Lexus NX mid-size SUV, Lexus have launched ‘NX-Perspectives’, a digital art exhibition for which leading artists from the worlds of fashion, music and design have been invited to create fresh new work inspired by the design of the Lexus NX.

Kicking off the project is LuckyMe artist Lunice, an artist who has graced the WhoSampled ‘Hot Samples’ chart on a number of occasions and dominated our end of year ‘Best of’ lists in 2012 for his Hudson Mohawke collaboration ‘Higher Ground’. For ‘NX-Illuminated’, the TNGHT member has produced a video for his new single ‘Can’t Wait To’, drawing inspiration from the lighting of the Lexus NX to create striking projection mapped visuals. Utilising his unique approach to live performance, Lunice sets lights and patterns reflective of the lighting of the car against billowing fabric, overlaying them with silhouetted dance moves indicative both of motion associated with the vehicle and the energy of the underlying track.

Find out more about NX-Perspectives here:

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Discover WhoSampled Mr Dynamite with Get On Up James Brown!


We are pleased to announce that WhoSampled has partnered with Universal Music to present a new website celebrating the most sampled artist of all time, The Godfather of Soul, James Brown. To coincide with the release of the new James Brown biopic, ‘Get On Up: The James Brown Story‘, in movie theatres across the US on August 1st, the official website of the movie’s soundtrack, Get On Up James Brown showcases the influence that James Brown has had on popular music over the past 60 years.

Sampled more than 4,000 times, James Brown’s music laid the foundations on which early sample based hip hop and dance music was built and in turn has gone on to influence generations of music makers. Powered by WhoSampled data, ‘Get On Up James Brown’ allows users to explore the legacy of Brown’s music via a range of interactive features which include:

- An interactive timeline, tracing James Brown’s best loved and most influential tracks from the 1950s through to the present day highlighting music James Brown was influenced by and those who he influenced and worked alongside, including the likes of Public Enemy, Blackstreet and the Black Eyed Peas.

- A focus on the connections between James Brown and the artists of hip hop’s most influential label, Def Jam. By reference to Def Jam artists who have sampled Brown’s work, including the likes of Nas, Jay Z, Kanye, Public Enemy and Slick Rick, the impact of the James Brown sound on the worldwide explosion of hip hop is explored.

- Spotify playlists of James Brown’s most sampled tracks, those who have sampled his work, his most popular productions and Def Jam artists he has influenced. Curated audio journeys ready to be played and shared!

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Public Enemy Perform Exclusive Show at London’s World Famous Metropolis Studios


On Wednesday 6th August, Hip-Hop heavyweights Public Enemy are to perform the most intimate gig of their career at London’s world famous Metropolis Studios. WhoSampled is proud to co-present this once in a lifetime event.

With only 100 tickets available for this exclusive event, fans will get “up close and personal” with Public Enemy who will be performing live inside the famous Metropolis Studio A, the very room where countless artists have recorded classic albums, ranging from Amy Winehouse‘s ‘Back to Black’ (produced by Mark Ronson) to Rihanna‘s ‘Unapologetic’.

Known as pioneers of sample based music for their frenetic productions and unconventional approach to the art of sampling, Public Enemy are also the world’s most sampled living artists (and the second most sampled artists of all time)! The rap collective has been breaking down barriers, blurring distinctions and challenging the status quo since the early 80s, and this never-to-be-repeated event will be one of the greatest fan events in their illustrious history – a history which has not mellowed the band – indeed, they still perform live with all the ire and intensity of a hardcore punk band.

Tickets can be purchased here, and given the extremely low quantity available, we advise any serious Public Enemy disciples to book them as early as possible to avoid disappointment.


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Beastie Boys ‘Paul’s Boutique’ 25th Anniversary

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Today marks the 25th Anniversary of the release of the Beastie Boys‘ classic sophomore LP ‘Paul’s Boutique’. In celebration, we’re pleased to give this great mix put together by WhoSampled’s Chris Read shortly after the death of MCA in 2012 a re-up here on the WhoSampled Mixcloud. The mix takes in Beastie Boys classics from various eras, remixes, acapellas and alternate versions and places them alongside original sample material largely (but not exclusively) from the Paul’s Boutique album. Tracklist, sample credits and streaming link below:
2. Rose Royce – ‘6 O’Clock DJ (Let’s Rock)’ (Sampled in ‘Shake Your Rump’)
3. Rose Royce – ‘Daddy Rich’ (Sampled in ‘33% God’)
9. Jimmy Smith – Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More Babe (Sampled in ‘Professor Booty’)
12. Black Oak Arkansas – ‘Hot and Nasty’ (Sampled in ‘Shadrach’)
13. Ronnie Laws – ‘Tell Me Something Good’ (Sampled in ‘Shake Your Rump’)
15. Donny Hathaway – ‘Magnificent Sanctuary Band’ (Sampled in ‘Johnny Ryall’)
17. David Bromberg – ‘Sharon’ (Sampled in ‘Johnny Ryall’)
21. Grand Funk Railroad – ‘Nothing Is the Same’ (Sampled in ‘Get It Together’ (A.B.A. Remix))
22. Alphonse Mouzon – ‘Funky Snakefoot’ (Sampled in ‘Shake Your Rump’)
25. Jimmy Smith – ‘Root Down (And Get It)’ (Sampled in ‘Root Down’)
28. Sly & the Family Stone – ‘Loose Booty’ (Sampled in ‘Shadrach’)
39. Jeremy Steig – ‘Howlin’ for Judy’ (Sampled in ‘Sure Shot’)
31. Harvey Scales – ‘Dancing Room Only’ (Sampled in ‘Shake Your Rump’)
32. Average White Band – ‘Cut the Cake’ (Sampled in ‘Dis Yourself in ’89 (Just Do It)’)
34. Roger – ‘So Ruff So Tuff’ (Sampled in ‘Hey Ladies’)
35. Curtis Mayfield – ‘Superfly’ (Sampled in ‘Egg Man’)
38. MCA – VMA Acceptance Speech
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10 Songs That Unexpectedly Became Football Chants


Words: Joe Bourne

As Argentina prepare to meet Germany in the 2014 World Cup final this Sunday, WhoSampled takes a look at a somewhat unlikely but surprisingly varied source of samples: football fans and their chants. While the singing leaves something to be desired, these creative reinterpretations deserve a closer look. Below is a list of the most unusual inspirations for the songs that have emerged from the terraces.

mr60124_201328_131224878111. “Winter Wonderland” by Richard Himber & His Orchestra feat. Joey Nash

A Christmas classic, “Winter Wonderland” has been covered by artists as wide-ranging as Eurythmics and Macy Gray, whose version featured in the popular 2008 Marks & Spencer Christmas advert. It was even sampled on the Nintendo game Diddy Kong Racing. However, it has shaken off its festive context to become a staple football chant whose generic nature allows for any player’s name to be slotted into the framework. For example, see Newcastle United’s “There’s Only One Alan Shearer”:


mr2929_20101213_154304753432. “Guajira Guantanamera” by Joseito Fernández

This traditional Cuban song was made famous by The Sandpipers whose 1966 cover version was an international hit. While the composition started life as a love song, in football it has become something of a jeer. Set to various texts, it attacks opposition fans (‘You only sing when you’re winning’) or under-performing club managers (‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’):


mr32163_2011825_1255366026913. “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” by Julia Ward Howe

This American patriotic song, known also as a Christian hymn, has been frequently covered by artists including Dionne Warwick. Its melody finds a place in the football repertoire as an extended strophic form at various different clubs, most notably as “Glory, Glory Man United”:


mr7710_20101031_2112413792794. “La Donna è Mobile” by Giuseppe Verdi

An obscure source that hasn’t often been sampled, this opera favourite has travelled untempered from the lips of Pavarotti to the Stamford Bridge faithful as the Chelsea fans hail their most decorated manager of all time, José Mourinho:


mr13_2009718_209498461355. “Go West” by Village People

At the time of its release, this disco tune was overshadowed by the group‘s other hits including “Y.M.C.A.” and “In the Navy“. The track was famously covered by the Pet Shop Boys, whose 1993 version was among the duo’s biggest hits. The Arsenal supporters sing the same melody whenever their team scores the first goal of the match:


mr7710_201129_1613113419546. “When the Saints Go Marching In

This traditional folk melody made its way into contemporary music through a number of channels. In 1938, Louis Armstrong recorded the song, and it has been covered on numerous occasions since. It has also been sampled several times, most recently in an Andy Mineo track. The Southampton team is fortunate to be nicknamed the Saints, as they are able to shout this one out verbatim:


mr2929_2011518_1246565404417. “Blue Moon” by Glen Gray and The Casa Loma Orchestra

A classic jazz standard, this track has been recorded by seminal artists including Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. It has also become Manchester City’s anthem, echoing around the Etihad Stadium before kick off:


mr7710_2010327_231594318678. “Sloop John B” by The Beach Boys

This old West Indies folk song was made famous by The Beach Boys, who had a hit with their cover version in 1966. It has since been covered many times and sampled by the likes of Bullion. Fans flip the original lyrics ‘I wanna go home’ to the words ‘Don’t wanna go home’ to mock the resident supporters during an away victory:


mr53041_2014710_1531553167449. “This Old Man

This nursery rhyme, in particular its playful phrase ‘knick-knack paddywhack’, has been sampled by a plethora of hip-hop artists including EPMD, Mobb Deep and ex-basketball player Shaquille O’Neal. It has also been adapted by Manchester United fans as an expletive-laden taunt against their rivals, including Manchester City:


mr115_2011620_14102540631510. “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” by Doris Day

First heard in Hitchcock’s 1956 film The Man Who Knew Too Much, this song has been frequently covered by artists including Australian Normie Rowe and Sly & the Family Stone, and it has been sampled in hip-hop by Funkdoobiest and Wax Tailor. It is also the victory song for football teams that have just secured a place in a cup final at Wembley:

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Win Deluxe 30th Anniversary Box Sets of The The’s Classic ‘Soul Mining’ LP


In celebration of 30th Anniversary of the release of The The‘s classic long player ‘Soul Mining’, the album has been remastered and expanded and made available in a beautifully packaged deluxe box set. Remastering from the original tapes was overseen by Matt Johnson at Abbey Road, and the lavish vinyl only boxset contains an authentic reproduction of the original seminal album on 180g vinyl, plus an extra 12” vinyl (titled ‘Soul Mining Recollected’) of alternate versions and remixes, itself housed in a gatefold sleeve displaying digitally restored artwork for the single covers of Uncertain Smile, Perfect, and This Is The Day. The Soul Mining boxset also includes a newspaper style poster containing extensive notes written by Johnson that detail the making of the album. The re-mastered audio has also been dubbed from new vinyl test pressings recorded from Matt Johnson’s original 1982 Thorens TD-147 gramophone player using patent ‘Dubbed-From-Disc’ technology, obtainable via a download code contained within the boxset.

Check out this video to see the box’s contents being unveiled:

SoulMiningPackshot_400We’re offering 3 lucky readers an opportunity to win one of these fantastic box sets! All you need to do is answer the following question:

“The The’s Matt Johnson collaborated with which UK DJ to produce a cover version of one of Soul Mining’s tracks in 2012? [clue: The Answer can be found on WhoSampled!]“

Email your answers to with ‘The The Comp’ in the subject heading. Entries must be received no later than 6pm BST on 3rd July 2014. Winners will be randomly selected from the correct entries and notified by email.


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Pop Wansel interviewed for WhoSampled


For the latest edition of the WhoSampled interview series, we speak with Grammy award winning producer Pop Wansel. Pop has produced for the likes or Kanye, Elle Varner, Alicia Keys, Wiz Khalifa, Miguel, Dizzee Rascal and many many more. Pop is also the son of the pioneering and much sampled jazz fusion artist Dexter Wansel, one of the architects of the ‘Philly Sound’ whose music has had great influence on the evolution of soul and pop.

In this interview, Pop discusses working with many of the today’s most popular hip hop, RnB and pop acts, the influence of his father’s music, all time favourite sample flips and much more.

Listen here or via the embed below:

Pop Wansel interviewed for WhoSampled by Whosampled on Mixcloud

Interview by Chris Read.

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Win Philadelphia International Box Sets: 20 Classic Philly Sound Albums!

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Philadelphia International The Collection‘ compiles 20 classic albums from the Philadelphia catalog in a beautifully packaged box set. Featured artists include the likes of The Jacksons, The O’Jays, Teddy Pendergrass and Billy Paul among many others to have created music under the watchful eyes of the architects of the ‘Philly sound’, Gamble & Huff. Many of the albums appear with the addition of non-album live recordings or alternate versions, each long player housed in a separate sleeve bearing the original album artwork. The CD set is accompanied by a booklet giving a synopsis of the making of each of the featured albums.

The impact of Gamble & Huff’s work at Philadelphia International on the evolution of funk, soul, disco and popular music in general is evident in this impressive collection. The influence does not end there though of course with more than 500 examples of artists sampling from the albums featured in this set listed on WhoSampled. Among them are sampled classics such as The O’Jays’ ‘For The Love of Money‘ (sampled more than 70 times) and Dexter Wansel‘s timeless drum break led ‘Theme From The Planets‘ (sampled more than 90 times). Artists to have borrowed from Philadelphia titles featured in the set include the likes of Jay Z, Wu-Tang, Mary J Blige, Common, LL Cool J, Justin Timberlake, Big Daddy Kane and DJ Shadow among many others. Among those to have featured in our Top 10 Hot List, Daft Punk’s use of Edwin Birdsong’s Cola Bottle Baby is a notable example.



We’re offering five lucky readers the opportunity to get their hands on one of these beautiful box sets. All you need to do is answer the following question:

“In 2010 Philadelphia hip hop crew The Roots accompanied by John Legend and two other high profile hip hop and R&B vocalists produced a cover version of one of Philadelphia International’s most sampled and covered tracks. The album on which the track is featured was named after the cover version in question. Name that track!” [Clue the answer can be found on WhoSampled!]

Email your answers to with ‘Philadelphia Comp’ in the subject heading. Entries must be received no later than 6pm BST on 24th June 2014. Winners will be randomly selected from the correct entries and notified by email.

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Lonnie Liston Smith live at Jazz Cafe London – Win Tickets!

On Saturday 28th June, the much sampled Lonnie Liston Smith plays at London’s Jazz Cafe as part of the ‘These Are The Breaks’ series with support from WhoSampled DJs. Lonnie’s music has been sampled more than a hundred times by a catalogue of greats from the world of hip hop, dance music and beyond including the likes of Jay Z, Guru, Roni Size and many many more.

We have five pairs of tickets to the event to give away! All you need to do is answer the following question:

One of the most famous samples of Lonnie Liston Smith’s work appears in a 1988 hip hop classic which is itself an ode to the merits of sampling (specifically of jazz!). Name that hip hop classic and the Lonnie Liston Smith track it samples. [Clue the answer can be found on WhoSampled!]

Email your answers to with ‘Lonnie Liston Smith Comp’ in the subject heading. Entries must be received no later than 6pm BST on 18th June 2014. Winners will be randomly selected from the correct entries and notified by email. Winners will be responsible for their own travel to and from the venue.

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WhoSampled interviews Mr Thing / Win ‘Strange Breaks & Mr Thing’ Vinyl & CDs!


For the latest edition of the WhoSampled interview series we speak with world champion DJ and renowned crate digger, DJ Mr Thing.

Coming up on the battle DJ circuit in the late 90s, Mr Thing rose to fame as a member of the DMC World Championship winning Scratch Perverts crew, leaving the crew shortly after stealing the world title to pursue a career as club DJ and producer. Excelling at both, Mr Thing has along the way acquired a vast and varied record collection and is rightly considered to be among the world’s foremost crate diggers / collectors. Currently promoting the ‘Strange Breaks & Mr Thing Volume III‘ released on BBE Records, we discuss everything from charity shop finds to battle technique, current releases and more.

Mr Thing interviewed for WhoSampled by Whosampled on Mixcloud

Interview by Chris Read.


We have 5 copies of the fantastic Strange Breaks & Mr Thing Volume III compilation to give away, on double vinyl format and double CD which includes Mr Thing’s mixed version. Stay tuned to the WhoSampled Facebook for competition details!

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