New Mixtape: ‘ELO: The Samples’ mixed by Chris Read

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The Electric Light Orchestra are among hip hop’s top 10 most sampled rock bands, the group succeeding in fusing rock and pop with experimental classical music to create memorable pop hits and epic soundscapes alike. The group’s eclectic sound has unsurprisingly found favor with a host of hip hop and dance music artists and producers including the likes of J Dilla, O.C, Will I Am, Daft Punk and the Jungle Brothers. This mixtape explores the band’s influence on the music of today via those connections.

Bassist Kelly Groucutt played on all 27 of the band’s Top 40 singles, also adding vocals to a number of the group’s popular cuts. Kelly died following a sudden heart attack in February 2009. His family now propose to memorialise his life and music with a National Heritage Blue Plaque on the former family home with the aid of a Kickstarter campaign. Some great rewards still up for grabs including unreleased material recorded by Kelly in the years before his death and an opportunity to play on a forthcoming release of unfinished material!

Tracklist and Mixcloud link below:

1. Chris Read – Theme #3 (Scratchapella)
2. J Dilla – Flying Voices [Samples ELO – Eldorado]
3. ELO – Eldorado
4. ELO – The Whale
5. Zion I & The Grouch – Lift Me Up [Samples ELO – The Whale]
6. Common – Blue Sky [Samples ELO – Mr Blue Sky]
7. ELO – Mr Blue Sky
8. ELO – Wishing
9. Ray West & O.C – YMI [Sampled ELO – Wishing]
10. ELO – Tightrope
11. Top Choice Clique [Samples ELO – Tightrope]
12. ELO – Another Heart Breaks
13. Dead Prez – Wolves [Samples ELO – Another Heart Breaks]
14. ELO – It’s Over
15. Will.I.Am – Over [Samples ELO – It’s Over]
16. ELO – Don’t Bring Me Down
17. Jungle Brothers – Because I Got It Like That (Ultimatum Mix) [Samples ELO – Don’t Bring Me Down]
18. ELO – Evil Woman
19. Daft Punk – Face to Face [Samples ELO – Evil Woman]

Mixed by Chris Read.

Listen here or via the widget below:

ELO: The Samples mixed by Chris Read by Whosampled on Mixcloud

 

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Tina Turner Celebrates 75th Birthday: Top 5 Influential Tracks

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celebrates her 75th birthday today. In recognition we look back at 5 of her most frequently sampled and covered tracks.

Turner (real name Anna Mae Bullock) began her musical career in earnest in 1960 as member of The Ike & Tina Turner Revue with her future husband Ike. The duo went on to have great commercial success with original songs like ‘It’s Gonna Work Out Fine’ and ‘River Deep – Mountain High’ as well as covers of well known acts such as The Beatles (‘Come Together’), The Rolling Stones (‘Honky Tonk Women’) and Stevie Wonder (‘Living For The City’). The group split in 1976 after an ugly divorce and Tina went on to pursue an extremely successful solo career earning herself 8 Grammy Awards, several multi-platinum albums and a place in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

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Written by Bono and The Edge of U2, Turner was chosen to perform the main title theme for 1995 Bond film GoldenEye. The track was remixed by revered 90s house music producer David Morales and Mary J. Blige producer Dave Hall and (as with other Bond themes) has found popularity as an instantly recognisable sample in hip-hop, having found favour with the likes of Noreaga, Dres and 501 Xplicit.

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‘River Deep – Mountain High’ was produced by Phil Spector, who said he considers it to be his best production. Despite officially being an Ike & Tina Turner track the record only features Tina’s vocals (Ike was famously paid $20’000 to stay away from the studio during recording, due to his allegedly difficult and controlling nature.) The track has been covered by multiple artists, including The Supremes, Neil Diamond and a 10-minute-long prog rock version by Deep Purple. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

dontturnaround 3. Don’t Turn Around (Covered 10 times)

Despite being a non-album b-side on the better known 1986 single ‘Typical Male’‘Don’t Turn Around’ found popularity as a cover in a wide range of genres, with covers performed by rock acts Neil Diamond and Albert Hammond (who co-wrote the original for Turner), British reggae group Aswad, Swedish pop stars Ace of Base and vocal acapella group The Flying Pickets.

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2. What’s Love Got to Do With It (Sampled 11 times, Covered 2 times)

The chorus of Tina Turner’s 1984 single ‘Whats Love Got to Do With It’ will be instantly recognisable to anyone familiar with Fat Joe and Ja Rule‘s 2001 pop-rap hit single ‘What’s Luv’ with the hook re-performed by Ashanti. The original proved to be her all-time most successful single, earning the #1 spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 for 3 consecutive weeks along with a #3 placement on the UK singles chart. The hook was also interpolated by Warren GThe Notorious B.I.G. and Wyclef Jean‘What’s Love Got to Do With It’ was also used as the title for the 1993 Turner biopic which as based on her autobiography I, Tina.

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1. Cussin’, Cryin’ and Carryin’ On (Sampled 25 times)

The opening drum break from ‘Cussin’, Cryin’ and Carryin’ On’  – a lesser-known Ike and Tina track at the time of release – was used extensively in 90’s hip-hop, well-known artists who utilised it’s crunchy hi-hats and hollow snare include House of PainThe Pharcyde and Madlib under his Quasimoto alias. The drums famously form the backbone of 45 King’s 1990 re-edit of Take 5’s vocal harmony number ‘Spread Love’, the track’s punchy drum loop in turn being utilised on many recordings, notably the now infamous ‘Garden Freestyle’ featuring an all-star line up of early 90s hip-hop talent including the late great Notorious BIG. Not only limited to re-appropriation in hip-hop, the break also landed on The Chemical Brothers’ 1994 track ‘Chemical Beats’

Words: Henry Macleod (@airbagmusic)

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Underworld Record Live to Vinyl at Carling Black Label Project Launch

Underworld performing at the launch of the Black Label Project, Abbey Road Studios, London, Britain - 24 Nov 2014

Last night Underworld performed live at the launch of Carling’s Black Label Project at London’s world famous Abbey Road Studios with support from newcomers heavily influenced by their sound, Gorgon City. With stellar sound and stage production, both acts closed their performances with a rendition of Underworld’s “Cowgirl” recorded direct to vinyl, the vinyl cutting process displayed on overhead screens for the audience to witness live as the acts performed.

Underworld performing at the launch of the Black Label Project, Abbey Road Studios, London, Britain - 24 Nov 2014

An exclusive and limited run of the live to vinyl recordings will be available to those in attendance at the show and a select group of fans. A limited number of downloads of the Gorgon City track are also available at www.blklabelproject.com.

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Grand Theft Auto V Vinyl Box Set & New Music from Flying Lotus

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To accompany next-gen versions of Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, Rockstar games will be releasing limited edition collections of the game’s star-studded soundtrack on both CD and Vinyl, in collaboration with Mass Appeal Records.

‘The Music of Grand Theft Auto V’ limited edition collections include 59 tracks across the game’s 17 radio stations with music from A$AP Rocky, Tyler, The Creator, Toro Y Moi, Jai Paul, Flying Lotus, and many more. In addition, these limited editions will feature the original score composed by Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson, The Alchemist & Oh No, mixed by DJ Shadow.

The vinyl collection is the choice here and will feature a total of six colored records, booklet and an exclusive lithograph poster in a classic box-set, although the CD collection is the only way to get hold of an exclusive gold brick-shaped USB Drive, see below.

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As well as this release the new game editions will feature new additional radio content with our personal favourite ‘FlyLo FM’ featuring new cuts from MF DOOM, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Freddie Gibbs as well as the existing stellar selection like this one from the late DJ Rashad. Earlier this week Flying Lotus even premiered a brand new track from the update featuring Bone Thugs-N-Harmony‘s Krayzie Bone called Meditation Medication which features a brilliant flip of Alain Goraguer‘s much sampled ‘La Planète Sauvage’.

The PS4 and Xbox One versions landed on November 18th, while the PC version hits shelves on January 27th, 2015.

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James Brown ‘Get On Up’ Biopic Worldwide Release

719k-jb1+KL._SL1500_‘Get On Up’, The James Brown Story hits UK cinemas this Friday (21st November), rolling out to locations yet to have received the movie in mainland Europe, Eastern Europe and South America over the course of December 2014 and into early 2015.

The official soundtrack album to the movie contains a collection of classic James Brown cuts alongside previously unreleased live versions exclusive to the compilation. In support of the album’s release, WhoSampled partnered with Universal Music to create the official website to the soundtrack album, www.getonupjamesbrown.com. Visit the site to browse James Brown’s incredible catalog via an interactive timeline of his most influential tracks and by reference to the artists who have sampled him and of course listen to curated James Brown playlists and the soundtrack itself.

Visit the site here.

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Soundtrack For Forthcoming Paul Thomas Anderson Film ‘Inherent Vice’ Announced

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Details of the soundtrack for the forthcoming Paul Thomas Anderson film ‘Inherent Vice’ were announced this week. The soundtrack boasts an original score from Radiohead‘s Jonny Greenwood who has worked with Anderson in the past, having scored his 2007 movie ‘There Will Be Blood’, the song ‘Proven Lands‘ taken from which having been used by MF Doom, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood to create Retarded Fren’.

In addition to Greenwood’s original score, the soundtrack includes an interesting array of existing influential songs including Can’s ‘Vitamin C’ sampled ten times, notably by frequent Dr. Dre collaborator Kurupt in ‘Stalkin’ as well as by 3rd Bass members Prime Minister Pete Nice and Daddy Rich to create Dust to Dust‘. Also appearing is Minnie Riperton‘s well known cover of Ramsey Lewis‘ ‘Les Fleurs‘, also much sampled by artists including the likes of Jurassic 5 producer Cut Chemist who borrowed from the track in ‘Thin Line featuring Nelly Furtado.

A particularly interesting inclusion is Kyu Sakamoto’s ‘Ue O Muite Arukō’, a song boasting more than twenty covers, the best known of which being A Taste Of Honey’s ‘Sukiyaki which has itself been sampled more than ten times. A Taste Of Honey‘s rendition holds an interesting place in the history of sample based music, the chorus having been replayed in Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick‘s 1985 hip hop classic ‘La Di Da Di‘ which sits at 5th position in the WhoSampled most sampled tracks chart having been sampled over 600 times.

Another notable inclusion is Chuck Jackson’s Any Day Now (My Beautiful Wild Bird) which too has been covered twenty times by a range of heavy weight artists including James Brown, Elvis PresleyCarla Thomas and Percy Sledge.

Inherent vice will be available in cinemas on December 12th.

Words – Eddy Spirit (@EddySpirit)

 

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Wale x Seinfeld: Much Ado About Nothing

Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 16.49.29In December 2013 Complex’s annual 50 Best Albums of the Year list became the subject of internet folklore when a less than pleased Wale telephoned the Complex offices to protest the absence of his ‘The Gifted’ LP from the list.

One year on, Wale lifts the lid on went down in the moments leading up to the infamous call with the help of none other than famed NY comedian and now Wale collaborator Jerry Seinfeld. This is not the first time the pair have been associated, the Seinfeld show having formed the subject matter of Wale’s 2008 mixtape ‘The Mixtape About Nothing’, and the show’s theme song having been sampled for the mixtape’s intro. Check the Complex cover feature here or watch the video below:

Seinfeld features on Wale’s forthcoming LP ‘The Album About Nothing’.

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Hit-Boy Retires as a Music Producer

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Hit-Boy made an announcement via Twitter last night that he’d be hanging up his production hat in what we assume is a move to focus on his rap career and label HS87. Although short-lived, Hit-Boy’s impact on modern Hip-Hop production has been monumental, working with the greats and bringing through a new electronic sound into the mainstream.

Hopefully this isn’t truly the end for his work behind the boards but it’s inspired us to look back and compile a top 5 list of our favourite Hit-Boy produced beats from the past few years:

r37827_2013112_203223126415) A$AP Rocky – Goldie

This was the first single off of Rocky‘s much-anticipated debut studio LP Long.Live.A$AP, and Hit-Boy made a statement slowing down a killer drum break from a 1970s library record and transforming it with twisted vocals and distant chants

r53041_2012920_1720234970744) Kanye West, Big Sean and Jay Z – Clique

The standout hit from Kanye‘s Cruel Summer project, Hit-Boy builds the track perfectly with electronic pulses alongside glorious gospel vocals and finishes things off with an awesome loop from an African Vocal sample pack

r9014_20121219_2035591976003) A$AP Rocky feat. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson and Big K.R.I.T. – 1Train

Another A$AP track from Long.Live.A$AP, this time a posse cut with all the underground rappers of the moment (in 2013 at least) with Hit-Boy providing a choice sample of swelling strings from an obscure Egyptian track by Assala

r5875_20121021_51149951952) Kendrick Lamar – Backseat Freestyle

Delivering the hardest track on Kendrick’s Good Kid, m.A.A.d City LP Hit-Boy loops up another world music vocal sample with a straight to the point jingling production with enough low-end to guarantee a screw-faced listen

r32163_2011127_2122333875821) Kanye West and Jay Z – Niggas in Paris

This was undoubtably Hit-Boy’s breakout moment, when the world learnt his name. This now iconic beat and juxtaposed sample combo (Reverend W.A. Donaldson Baptizing Scene vs. Will Ferrell in Blades of Glory) became the standout track of 2011 and is still smashing it in cars/bars/clubs and headphones to this day

Words – Ethan Illingworth (@illersss)

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Interview with Phill Most Chill aka Soulman

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For the latest edition of the WhoSampled interview series, we speak with Philadelphia rap renaissance man Phill Most Chill, known to some simply as Soulman. A man of many talents, Phill talks through his introduction to hip hop as a flyer designer in the New York area during the genre’s formative years, his cult late 80s Philadelphia rap releases, sought after productions on rare 90s classics, dealing records to the star producers of the golden era at the legendary New York Roosevelt hotel record fairs, his time as columnist at Rap Sheet magazine and the famed ‘Soulman’s World of Beats’ mixtape series in addition to lifting the lid on new material and collaborations.

Listen here or via the widget below:

Phill Most Chill interviewed for WhoSampled by Whosampled on Mixcloud

Interview by Chris Read.

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10 Years On: Remembering ODB

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10 years ago today the Hip Hop community lost one of its most controversial and influential characters when Russell Jones aka Ol’ Dirty Bastard (ODB) died of a drug overdose at the age of just 35. Wu Tang Clan exploded onto the scene with the release of their debut LP in 1993, bringing a raucous energy and unconventional style both in terms of lyrical delivery and production. Whilst Wu Tang as a group has maintained a strong identity, both in terms of their sound and aesthetic, each individual member also quickly forged their own identity, spawning a legion of successful solo careers. Not least among these unique characters was ODB, his signature, raw and untamed rap singing style central to the early Wu Tang sound, his ‘wild card’ vocals being the key to the success not only of his own solo material, but also many memorable collaborations.

Here we pay tribute to ODB with a run down of  his top 5 most popular appearances (most visited pages) on WhoSampled: 

GotYourMoneyTHUMB5 – Got Your Money (1999) (contains 1 sample, sampled 12 times, covered once, remixed once)

Taken from his second full length LP ‘N***a Please’, ‘Got Your Money’, second only to ‘Ghetto Superstar’ is perhaps ODB’s most pop-orientated appearance. An early production by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo under their Neptunes, moniker, this track features a catchy vocal hook from New York singer-songwriter Kelis whose contributions helped to make this an instant classic. Drawing inspiration from Rick James this track features a vocal interpolation from ‘Cold Blooded’ and has provided samples for several artists including electronic music pioneers The Chemical Brothers and Modeselektor.

7pgVu2C4 – Show and Prove (1994) (contains 3 samples, sampled 2 times)

Produced by DJ Premier this classic posse cut is taken from the Big Daddy Kane album ‘Daddy’s Home’ and features guest verses from ODB, long time Kane backing dancer Big Scoob, a pre-Rocafella Sauce Money, and young Wu Tang affiliate Shyheim and showcases a then relatively unknown Jay-Z, whose fast paced delivery style shares little in similarity to his later work.  The track opens with a scratched sample from ‘The Show’ by Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick and The Get Fresh Crew and includes a brief lyrcial reference to Isaac Hayes classic ‘Theme from Shaft’. Big Daddy Kane also drops a rhyme previously used when collaborating with The Notorious B.I.G. on ‘The Garden Freestyle’. ODB’s verse, which closes the track is also notable for it’s final phrase, ‘Danger‘ which forms the hook to Blahzay Blahzay‘s 1996 underground smash of the same name.

GhettoSupastarTHUMB3 – Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are) (1998) (contains 3 samples, sampled 9 times, covered 2 times)

Ghetto Superstar, another of ODB’s more pop orientated appearances, this Platinum certified single was produced by Wyclef Jean and Jerry Duplessis for Pras‘ debut solo studio album of the same name. Featuring vocals by Mýa with lyrics heavily influenced by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s ‘Islands in the Stream’, a song originally penned by the Bee Gees. Also appearing is a an iconic James Brown vocal sample, lifted from Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved.

BrooklynZooTHUMB2 – Brooklyn Zoo (1995) (contains 3 samples, sampled 35 times, covered once, remixed once)

This is the debut single from ODB’s Gold certified debut album ‘Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version’ where ODB revisits and develops a rhyme previously used in ‘Protect Ya Neck’ and, as the album title suggests, perfectly encapsulates the classic Wu Tang Sound. A mid 90s mixtape and club classic, the basis of the melody is a sample from an obscure track from 1967 by Bobby Ellis and The Desmond Miles Seven called ‘Step Softly’ which creates a simple but effective backdrop for ODB’s unique vocal style.

ShimmyShimmyYaTHUMB1 – Shimmy Shimmy Ya (1995) (contains 3 samples, sampled 51 times, covered 2 times, remixed once)

This track, which is arguably one of the finest examples of ODB’s eccentric vocal style, opens with a sample of actor and comedian Richard Pryor with the apt quote n**** can’t even sing. The foundation of the track in classic RZA style is taken from another 60’s soul classic; ‘I like it’ by The Emotions which has been sampled 14 times by artists including Bishop Nehru and Raekwon. There are discrete elements taken from ‘D’Ya Like Scratchin’?’ by Malcolm McLaren and World’s Famous Supreme Team and interestingly, a great reggae cover of this track by Prince Fatty more recently appeared in the TV show Breaking Bad – listen to it here.

Words – John Loftus

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