Samplethon 2015 Judging Session & After Party: WIN TICKETS

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On Saturday 28th November 2015, WhoSampled is hosting the second edition of its ‘Samplethon‘ series at London’s world famous Metropolis Studios with support from Audeze. This year WhoSampled is partnering with famed library label Bruton Music, offering 20 producers the opportunity to sample this rare and sought after material to create exciting new music in this one day competition.

We have 5 pairs of tickets to attend the playback and judging session to give away.


Enter for a chance to attend the exciting conclusion of the day’s music making at one of Europe’s top recording studios and hear 20 brand new tracks by our contestants judged by our panel which includes Roni Size, Breakage, Ollie Teeba (Herbaliser), Jonny Cuba (Soundsci), Andrew Stannard (Universal Music) and Chris Read (BBE Records). The judging session will be followed by drinks at the Metropolis Studios Mercury Bar.

For a chance to win all you need to do is answer the following question:

‘A track by which Bruton artist features in the Samplethon 2015 video trailer?’ [Clue: watch the video through to the credits!]

Email your answers to with ‘Samplethon Party Comp’ in the subject heading. Entries must be received no later than 1pm (GMT) on 27th October 2015. Winners will randomly selected from the correct answers and notified by email. Please note winners will be responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the venue.

Samplethon 2015 Spotlight: Bruton Music


For our second Samplethon 2015 Spotlight posts, we’re pleased to give some further information on our catalogue partner for the event, Bruton Music.

Founded by Robin Phillips in 1977, the label was named after Bruton Street in West London where the label was originally based. Producing music for use in television, film and radio, the imprint gained notoriety for its use of top class musicians and songwriters among them the likes of Brian Bennett, Steve Gray and the MohawksAlan Hawkshaw. [Side note: check out Alan and the Mohawks interviewed by Mark Rae for the very first edition of the WhoSampled interview series here]. Now a label of Universal Publishing Production Music, the label was for a brief period in the 1980s owned by Michael Jackson. For the last 20 years the imprint’s sought after vinyl pressings have been a rich source of sample material for producers of hip hop and dance music. U.N.K.L.E, Gang Starr, Erykah Badu and Fat Joe are just a few examples of the many artists to have reworked material from the catalogue over the years. This legacy the label has embraced with compilations of the label’s finest moments having been curated by artists including Luke Vibert and The Horrors.

Andrew Stannard, senior producer and manager of Bruton Music, says of Samplethon:

“Samplethon is an amazing opportunity for us to get our music out to new producers and it will be exciting to hear what they’ve done. The creativity of what can be done with samples, for me is a thrill to hear.”

Find out more by watching the Samplethon 2015 trailer:

Samplethon 2015 Spotlight: Metropolis Studios


Over the course of the coming week in the run up to Samplethon 2015, we’ll be highlighting the various aspects of the project including the catalogue we’ll be sampling from, the panelists on hand to give feedback on the day, the prizes on offer for our winners and more. For this first post we’re  taking a look at our venue for the day, Metropolis Studios.


Housed in ‘The Powerhouse’, a Grade II listed former power station in Chiswick, West London, Metropolis Studios is the largest independent recording studio in Europe. The list of artists to have worked in the studio and to have had their material mixed or mastered by the studio’s engineers forms a who’s who of iconic acts from the last 30 years, among them Amy Winehouse, Rihanna, Mark Ronson, Chase & Status, Dizzee Rascal, Jay Electronica, Queen, U2 and many, many more.


Samplethon participants will be working in Metropolis’ famous Studio A live room, home not only to excellent acoustics but also Freddie Mercury‘s piano!


Throughout the day participants will have the opportunity to listen back to their work in progress in the studio’s acoustically treated listening/screening suite on top of the range PMC Audio speakers.

The event will conclude with judging session before our panel in Studio A, followed by after party drinks in the studio’s recently refurbished Mercury Bar.

More information on Samplethon:

More information on Metropolis Studios:

Complex Magnum Opus: The Making of Ja Rule’s ‘Put It On Me’


The latest edition of Complex‘s ‘Magnum Opus’ series looks into the making of Ja Rule‘s year 2000 Hip Hop / RnB crossover smash ‘Put It On Me’. Stepping behind the scenes of the creation of a track which changed the direction of commercial hip hop, the video features interviews with Murder Inc.’s Irv Gotti and Def Jam’s Lyor Cohen among others.

Watch below:

The Pharcyde ‘Labcabincalifornia’ 20th Anniversary Mixtape mixed by Chris Read


This Saturday (14th November 2015) marked the 20th Anniversary of the release of The Pharcyde‘s seminal sophomore album ‘Labcabincalifornia’. Produced in part by the late great Jay Dee together with various members of the group and guest producers including Diamond D, it’s a timeless long player that sounds as fresh today as the day it was released. In celebration of the album’s 20th birthday, we’ve teamed up with Wax Poetics to present an exclusive mixtape containing tracks from the album, alternate versions, remixes, acapellas and, of course, original sample material used in the album’s production.

Tracklist & stream below:

1. Les McCann – ‘What’s Going On (Live)’ (sampled in ‘Bullshit’)
2. The Pharcyde – ‘Bullshit’ (Instrumental)
3. Chris Read – ‘Theme #3’ (Scratchapella)
4. Bob Marley – ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ (Loop) (sampled in ‘Bullshit’)
5. Gary Burton – ‘Sing Me Softly of the Blues’ (sampled in ‘Bullshit’)
6. Rodney Cee & Kevie Kev Rockwell – ‘Stoop Rap’ (sampled in ‘Pharcyde’)
7. The Pharcyde – ‘Pharcyde’
8. Cal Tjader – ‘The Bilbao Song’ (sampled in ‘Groupie Therapy’)
9. The Pharcyde – ‘Groupie Therapy’
10. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Lyrics to Go’ (Loop) (sampled in ‘Groupie Therapy’)
11. Minnie Riperton – ‘Inside My Love’ (sampled in ‘Groupie Therapy’)
12. Stan Getz & Luis Bonfa – ‘Suadade Vem Correndo’ (sampled in ‘Runnin’)
13. Run D.M.C – ‘Rock Box’ (Extract) (sampled in ‘Runnin’)
14. The Pharcyde – ‘Runnin’ (Acapella)
15. The Pharcyde – ‘Somethin’ That Means Somethin’
16. The Beastie Boys – ‘The New Style’ (Extract) (sampled in ‘Drop’)
17. The Pharcyde – ‘Drop’
18. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Check The Rhime’ (Loop) (sampled in ‘Drop (Beatminerz Remix)’)
19. The Pharcyde – ‘Drop’ (Beatminerz Remix Instrumental)
20. The Pharcyde – ‘Y?’
21. Mass Production – ‘Keep My Heart Together’ (sampled in ‘Moment in Time’)
22. The Pharcyde – ‘Moment in Time’
23. The Pharcyde – ‘Devil Music’
24. Wu-Tang Clan – ‘Da Mystery of Chessboxin’ (Loop) (sampled in ‘Devil Music’)
25. Roy Ayers and Carla Vaughn – ‘You Send Me’ (sampled in ‘The Hustle’)
26. The Pharcyde – ‘The Hustle’
27. Vince Guaraldi Trio – ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ (sampled in ‘Splattitorium’)
28. The Pharcyde – ‘Splattitorium’
29. Cannonball Adderley – Walk Tall / Mercy Mercy Mercy (sampled in ‘She Said’)
30. The Pharcyde – ‘Passin Me By’ (Extract) (sampled in ‘She Said’)
31. The Pharcyde – ‘She Said’
32. The Pharcyde – ‘The E.N.D’
33. [Bonus Track] The Pharcyde feat Lizzy Parks & Giles Barratt – ‘Runnin’ (Chris Read Rap Renaissance Remix)

Listen here or below:

Pharcyde 'Labcabincalifornia' 20th Anniversary Mixtape mixed by Chris Read by Whosampled on Mixcloud

WhoSampled presents ‘Samplethon 2015’: Calling all Producers and Beatmakers!


On Saturday November 28th 2015 WhoSampled will host the second edition of ‘Samplethon’ – the world’s first ever Hackathon for music!

This first-of-a-kind event format gives up-and-coming producers access to rare and sought after sample material from a leading music library to produce exciting new music under the guidance of world class producers. During this one day event hosted at the London’s world famous Metropolis Studios, 20 producers will be given exclusive access to pre-cleared original sample material from the Bruton Music catalogue, a label of Universal Production Music. The challenge: to produce a new track using the provided sample material against the clock, with the supervision and assistance of our team of esteemed mentors. This is a rare opportunity to sample from these highly regarded recordings performed by world class musicians, free from the legal shackles often associated with sampling.

The day will conclude with a judging session where industry experts will choose the winning tracks which will be put forward for inclusion on a forthcoming release alongside tracks created by established producers, all to go on to form part of the prestigious Bruton Music library.

We are looking for 20 talented producers to take part in this event. If you are a producer or beatmaker interested in battling it out at this unique event with an opportunity to win prizes and put your music in front of the world’s largest community of sample based music fans, we want to hear from you! 

To apply, please email with the following information:

– Your name, age, location and producer alias / stage name
– A link where we can listen to your music (Soundcloud, Bandcamp or equivalent – no downloads please)
– One sentence about why you want to take part in this event
– Links to any of your social media accounts, sites or blogs you consider of relevance

Applicants must be available to attend the event on Saturday 28th November in London. (Successful applicants will be responsible for their own travel arrangements). DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS CLOSES MIDNIGHT GMT MONDAY 16th NOVEMBER.

Further details will be announced in the coming weeks so stay tuned to our blog, Facebook and Twitter for more info!

For additional info including videos and music from last year’s event, please visit

The Game ‘Documentary 2’ / ‘Documentary 2.5’ [Samples Playlists]

October 9th saw the release of The Game‘s long awaited ‘Documentary 2’, a sequel to 2005’s largely Dre produced ‘The Documentary‘. In a year that has seen Compton back on the map thanks to Kendrick, Dre and a certain movie, it’s a well timed release for reasons that extend beyond marking the 10 year anniversary of its prequel. Due to drop one week later on 16th October is a second disc dubbed ‘Documentary 2.5’, although tracks have already surfaced online. The pair will be available together as a double disc set.

While 2005’s album paid tribute to rap veterans in the form of lyrical references, The Documentary 2 drafts in a cast of established names, Ice Cube, Dre, Snoop Dogg and (unexpectedly) Q-Tip among them. And of course no Compton album for 2015 would be complete without the presence of Kendrick Lamar.

Old school references don’t end with veteran vocalists though. There’s a raft of classic samples, notably the central Fred Wesley hook in the Will.I.Am produced ‘Don’t Trip’, previously used in similar fashion in Showbiz & AG‘s ‘Soul Clap’ way back in ’92. Meanwhile ‘Standing on Ferraris’ featuring Diddy uses a pair of samples previously used by Notorious BIG, surely a deliberate reference given Diddy’s association with the late Biggie Smalls.

Here we compile the 31 sources appearing The Documentary:

And here we compile the sources appearing in The Documentary 2.5:

John Lennon’s Top 10 Most Covered Songs

John LENNON imagineOn what would have been John Lennon’s 75th Birthday we take a look back at some of his iconic songwriting. It probably comes as little surprise to learn that The Beatles are the most covered band of all time. In fact, they stand head and shoulders above the competition with an astonishing 3,000 cover versions listed on WhoSampled and that number growing by the week. Lennon & McCartney’s songwriting being behind the lion’s share of those popular hits, the influence of Lennon’s work has endured far beyond his time. Here however, we take a look at his Top 10 most covered recordings released as a solo or collaborating artist, from the optimistic ‘Imagine’ (covered +80 times) to his Christmas ode and collaboration with Yoko Ono ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ (covered +35 times) and beyond:

1. Imagine
2. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) with Yoko Ono and Plastic Ono Band
3. Jealous Guy
4. Working Class Hero
5. Give Peace a Chance
6. Isolation (with Plastic Ono Band)
7. Cold Turkey (with Plastic Ono Band)
8. Gimme Some Truth
9. Love (with Plastic Ono Band)
10. Oh My Love

DJ Yoda’s Top 5 Halloween Tracks [Video Teaser / Win Tickets]


On Saturday 31st October (Halloween night!) DJ Yoda is performing a one off Halloween themed ‘Audio Visual Spooktacular’ at the Rich Mix in East London for Soundcrash with a special late licence. You can get a taste for the sort of spooky visuals you can expect on the night in this teaser video:

DJ Yoda’s also provided us with an exclusive Top 5 Halloween Samples:

r10179_2010621_143029298307Ice T – ‘The Tower’ (samples John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween Theme’)


r2825_2010218_203955961873Dana Dane – ‘Nightmares’ (samples Jack Marshall’s ‘Theme From The Munsters’


r2825_20091018_20551284155Flatlinerz – ‘Live Evil’ (samples Jerry Goldsmith’s ‘Ave Satani’)


r1402_2010920_25629568719Doug E Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew ‘Play This Only At Night’ (samples Fred Myro and Malcolm Seagrave’s ‘Phantasm Main Title’)

r2_2008106_124851719464Busta Rhymes ‘Gimme Some More’ (samples Bernard Herrmann’s ‘Psycho Theme’)


We’ve got 3 pairs of tickets to the show to give away. For a chance to win all you need to do is answer the following question!

“The Beastie Boys classic ‘Egg Man’ samples music from the soundtrack of which classic horror movie?” [Clue: The answer can be found on WhoSampled!]

Email your answers to with ‘DJ Yoda Competition’ in the subject heading. Entries must be received no later than 5pm (BST) on 12th October 2015. Winners will randomly selected from the correct answers and 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.




WhoSampled is 7 Years Old Today!

WHOSAMPLED-7-400x400Today WhoSampled celebrates its 7th Birthday! Another year on and now (we find it hard to believe) 7 years since WhoSampled launched, we’re proud to continue to call ourselves the world’s leading resource for sample based music, cover songs and remixes.

The past year has been a great one with many achievements under our belt and plenty more interesting projects in the pipeline:

  • Back in May we launched a new feature on the site, listings for samples originating from movies and TV shows. This much requested feature has proven extremely popular and in the months that have passed since launch we have already seen a wealth of TV & Film content appear on the site, with popular sources such as Brian De Palma‘s gangster epic Scarface leading the pack.
  • In June of this year, we launched a new responsive design, bringing an improved browsing experience for mobile users.
  • Just last month we announced a partnership with The Grammys where we’ll be collaborating on interactive infographics celebrating past winners. The first one published celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Kanye West‘s Grammy Award winning ‘Late Registration’ LP.
  • Our iPhone and Android apps continue to be extremely popular and around this time last year we scooped the award for ‘Best Music App’ at the Music Ally Digital Music Awards.
  • Earlier in the year we saw the music created at our 2014 Samplethon event made available as a limited edition 10″ vinyl and digital release.
  • The database continues grow at an incredible pace. This time last year we reported passing the 270,000 track mark. One year on and we’re approaching 340,000 tracks and no slowing down!
  • Throughout the year, we’ve produced a program of exclusive content including articles, interviews, mixes and videos. Notable examples include interviews with Black Violin, Ernie IsleyDJ Format, RAMP’s John Manuel, Phill Most Chill, Freddy Fresh, and many more plus mixtapes in collaboration with Wax Poetics, and BBE in celebration of / tribute to artists ranging from ELO to Stevie Wonder. Many have been online ‘hits’ with our album anniversary series hitting triple figure play counts across platforms.

As always, we would like to extend a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who has made all these achievements possible – our moderators, content contributors, community of users, artists, labels, visitors, readers and listeners. You are WhoSampled and we love you all!


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