The Avalanches – ‘Wildflower’: The Samples [Video]


Released 8th July, ‘Wildflower’, the second full length album from elusive Australian plunderphonics outfit The Avalanches, has been one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated LPs. Their first release since 2000’s ‘Since I Left You’, interest in the samples behind the album, which includes features from Danny Brown, MF Doom and Biz Markie among others, has equaled that in the album itself.

In our latest video we break down the key samples from the album from the catchy Calypso stylings of King Houdini which back ‘Frankie Sinatra‘ to the Sesame Street samples in ‘Harmony‘:

Listen to all of the samples from the album in full here.


De La Soul ‘Stakes is High’ 20th Anniversary Mixtape mixed by Chris Read


This month (2nd July more precisely) marks the 20th anniversary of the release of De La Soul‘s fourth studio LP ‘Stakes is High’. A departure from the sonic identity of previous long play offerings, the album addresses social issues and the changing state of hip hop in ’96 over production from the likes of the late great Jay Dee and ATCQ collaborator Skeff Anselm among others. Guest vocals come courtesy of Common and a young Mos Def. In celebration we’ve teamed up with Wax Poetics to present this exclusive mixtape featuring tracks from the LP, alternate versions, remixes and of course original sample material used in the the creation of this much loved classic. (Mixed by Chris Read).

Track list:

1. De La Soul – ‘Intro’
2. Chris Read – Theme #3 (Scratchapella)
3. Milt Jackson & The Ray Brown Big Band – ‘Enchanted Lady’ (sampled in ‘Dinninit’)
4. De La Soul – ‘Dinninit’
5. Jan Hammer Group – ‘Peaceful Sundown’ (sampled in ‘Dog Eat Dog’)
6. De La Soul – ‘Dog Eat Dog’
7. Aretha Franklin – It Only Happens (When I Look At You) (sampled in ‘Long Island Degrees’)
8. De La Soul – ‘Long Island Degrees’
9. Craig Mack – ‘Get Down’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘The Bizness’)
10. De La Soul feat Common – ‘The Bizness’
11. Commodores – ‘High on Sunshine’ (sampled in ‘Sunshine’)
12. De La Soul – ‘Sunshine’
13. Bayete – ‘Free Angela’ (sampled in ‘Sunshine’)
14. Ahmad Jamal – ‘Swahililand’ (sampled in ‘Stakes is High’)
15. De La Soul – ‘Stakes is High’
16. De La Soul – ‘Stakes Is High (Jay Dee Remix)’
17. James Brown – ‘Mind Power’ (sampled in ‘Stakes is High’)
18. De La Soul feat Mos Def & Truth Enola – ‘Stakes is High (Remix)’
19. Walter Wanderley – ‘Summer Samba’ (sampled in ‘Supa Emcees’)
20. Jimmy Spicer – ‘Adventures of Super Rhyme’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘Supa Emcees’)
21. Doug E Fresh & Slick Rick – La Di Da Di [Extract] (sampled in ‘Supa Emcees’)
22. De La Soul – ‘Supa Emcees’
23. Wilson Pickett – Get Me Back On Time, Engine #9 [Extract] (sampled in ‘Supa Emcees’)
24. De La Soul feat Mos Def – ‘Big Brother Beat’
25. Kurtis Blow – ‘These Are the Breaks’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘The Brakes’)
26. De La Soul – ‘The Brakes’
27. James Brown – Funky Drummer [Loop] (sampled in ‘Betta Listen’)
28. De La Soul – ‘Betta Listen’
29. Jeff Beck – ‘Come Dancing’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Down Syndrome’)
30. James Brown – ‘Talkin Loud & Sayin Nothing’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Down Syndrome’)
31. De La Soul – ‘Down Syndrome’
32. De La Soul feat Truth Enola – ‘Pony Ride’
33. Lou Donaldson – ‘Who’s Making Love’ (sampled in ‘Wonce Again Long Island’)
34. De La Soul – ‘Wonce Again Long Island’
35. Malcolm McLaren – ‘Hobo Scratch’ (sampled in ‘Baby Baby Baby Baby Ooh Baby’)
36. De La Soul feat Jazzyfatnastees – ‘Baby Baby Baby Baby Ooh Baby’
37. Chico Hamilton – ‘A Rose for Booker’ (sampled in ‘4 More’)
38. Jungle Brothers – ‘Jimmy Bonus Beat’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘4 More’)
39. De La Soul feat Zhane – ‘4 More’

Listen here or below:

WhoSampled Presents ‘Six Degrees of Music Separation’


We are pleased to announce the launch of ‘Six Degrees of Music Separation’, a music discovery engine that enables users to connect any two artists in the musical universe through samples, cover songs, remixes, collaborations and credits!

Visit the Six Degrees page and meet 6­-D, the brain behind the Six Degrees search engine. Enter the names of any two artists to reveal the musical path that connects those artists and listen to the songs in each of the steps along the way. You can then share your newly found journeys on Facebook and Twitter. We challenge you to beat 6­-D by finding two artists that are not connected within six steps -­ not an easy task given 6-­D’s knowledge of hundreds of thousands of tracks and millions of data points!

Reveal a world of fascinating facts and quirky journeys across eras and genres with surprising and unpredictable outcomes by exploring the connections between your favorite artists, whether well known or obscure. Kanye West and Metallica for example are just one step away ­ from one another, both have collaborated with producer (and husband of Alicia Keys) Swizz Beatz. Artists as diverse as Ariana Grande and Slayer are also just one step away (being connected via super producer Rick Rubin). Other journeys take longer to unfold (dance music superstars Daft Punk and US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are two steps away, connected via 50 Cent and Jennifer Lopez). Drake and Taylor Swift? Just two steps apart:


Take up the challenge here!

Pete Rock & CL Smooth ‘All Souled Out’ 25th Anniversary Mixtape mixed by Chris Read


This week marks the 25th Anniversary of the release of Pete Rock & CL Smooth‘s classic debut EP ‘All Souled Out’, the 6 track Extended Player that placed one of hip hop’s best loved Producer / MC duos on the map and set the stage for two of the most revered albums of the early 90s, 1992’s ‘Mecca and the Soul Brother’ and 1994’s ‘The Main Ingredient. In celebration we’ve teamed up with Wax Poetics to present this exclusive mixtape featuring tracks from the EP, alternate versions, interview snippets and of course original sample material used in the the creation of this all time classic.

Mixed by Chris Read

Track list:

1. O’Donel Levy – ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’ (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’)
2. Chris Read – Theme #3 (Scratchapella)
3. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’
4. Heavy D & The Boyz – ‘Gyrlz, They Love Me’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’)
5. Mountain – ‘Long Red’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother (Wig Out Mix)’)
6. ESG – ‘UFO’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother (Wig Out Mix)’)
7. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother (Wig Out Mix)
8. Eddie Kendricks – ‘Girl You Need a Change of Mind’ (Sampled in ‘Good Life’)
9. Mountain – ‘Long Red’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Good Life’)
10. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Good Life’
11. O’Donel Levy – ‘I Wanna Be Where You Are’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Good Life’)
12. James Brown – ‘Funky Drummer’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Go With The Flow’)
13. Fred Wesley and the J.B’s – ‘You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks and I’ll Be Straight (7″ Version) [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Go With The Flow’)
14. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Go With The Flow’
15. S.O.U.L – ‘Burning Spear’ (Sampled in ‘Go With The Flow’)
16. Beside – ‘Change The Beat (Female Version)’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Go With The Flow’)
17. Eddie Bo – ‘From This Day On’ (Sampled in ‘The Creator’)
18. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘The Creator’
19. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘The Creator (Slide to the Side Mix)
20. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘The Creator (Surfboard Mix)’
21. Lou Donaldson – ‘Turtle Walk’ (Sampled in ‘All Souled Out’)
22. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘All Souled Out’

Listen here or below:

Pete Rock & CL Smooth play The Garage London on 2nd September. Tickets available here.

Deaf Dance Teacher Chris Fonseca Shares How to Hear Music in New Ways

Smirnoff has launched the second chapter of its ‘We’re Open’ campaign, collaborating with deaf dance teacher, Chris Fonseca. In a new video Chris and dance crew Plague appear together dancing to the rhythms of Donae’o. In this visually striking performance the dance crew are brought to life by the afro-percussion meets UK-Funky stylings of Donae’os ‘Mami No Like’ demonstrating there are ways to enjoy music beyond just hearing it via the infectious power of the beat:

With a view to raising awareness within the deaf community and beyond, Chris will be hosting dance workshops in London on the last Friday of every month where he will show participants how they can dance to music by simply feeling the beat without hearing the tracks. Learn more about the process behind Chris’s dance in this behind the scenes video:

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Jay Z – ‘Reasonable Doubt’ 20th Anniversary Mixtape mixed by DJ Matman


This coming week marks the 20th Anniversary of Jay Z‘s ‘Reasonable Doubt’. With a rap career dating back to 1989 including stints as side man to mentor, Jaz, features for the likes of the Dame Dash managed Original Flavor and Big Daddy Kane, Reasonable Doubt (released June 25th 1996) arrived late in the rapper’s career for a debut LP. With production from DJ Premier and Clark Kent, plus features from Mary J Blige and Notorious B.I.G it sits stylistically somewhere between the dominant underground sound of the mid 90s and the emerging sound pushed by labels such as Puffy‘s Bad Boy records which would come to define popular hip hop and R&B into the late 1990s. At the intersection between those sounds lies a varied selection of sample material.

For this exclusive mixtape produced in association with Wax Poetics, former DMC champion DJ Matman delivers a selection of album tracks, alternate versions, interview snippets and of course original sample material.

Listen here  or below:


1. Isaac Hayes – ‘The Look Of Love’ (sampled in Jay- Z – ‘Can I Live’)
3. The Stylistics – ‘Hurry Up This Way Again’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Politics as Usual’)
5. Hamilton Bohannon – ‘Save Their Souls’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Cashmere Thoughts’)
7. Ahmad Jamal – ‘Pastures’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Mecca – ‘Feelin’ It’)
9. Hubert Laws & Earl Kugh – ‘It’s So Easy Loving You’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Regrets’)
11. Nas – The World Is Yours (Q-Tip Remix) (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Dead Presidents’)
13. Lonnie Liston Smith – ‘A Garden Of Peace’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Dead Presidents’)
14. Snoop Dogg feat Daz Dillinger -‘Murder Was The Case’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘D’Evils’)
16. Allen Toussaint – ‘Go Back Home’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘D’Evils’)
17. John Kaizan Neptune – ‘Blue Wind’ (sampled in Jay-Z ’22 Twos’)
19. Brother Brother – ‘Hey What’s That You Say’ (sampled in Jay-Z ‘Friend or Foe’)
21. Eddie Henderson – ‘Inside You’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Memphis Bleek – ‘Coming of Age’)
25. The Whole Darn Family – ‘Seven Minutes Of Funk’ (sampled in ‘Jay-Z feat Foxy Brown – ‘Ain’t No Nigga’)
27. The Four Tops – ‘Ain’t No Woman’ (sampled in ‘Jay-Z feat Foxy Brown – ‘Ain’t No Nigga’)
28. Marcus Miller – ‘Much Too Much’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – ‘Can’t Knock Hustle’)
32. Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – Can’t Knock The Hustle (Live at Madison Square Garden)

COMPETITION: Win Arthur Verocai Vinyl Albums Courtesy of Mr Bongo


“I could listen to the album everyday for the rest of my life” (Madlib)

Recorded in Rio De Janeiro in 1972, self taught Arthur Verocai‘s self titled debut LP is a digger’s classic. A unique blend of Brazilian sounds and experimentation, it effortlessly blends genres from Bossa and Jazz to Psychedelia and Funk. Having been sampled by the likes of Common, MF Doom, Action Bronson and Little Brother among many others, it’s little wonder that copies of the original 1972 LP fetch prices of up to $2,000.

Thanks to the good folks at Mr Bongo however, you can own a copy without having to re-mortgage your house. Their beautifully executed vinyl re-issue comes in a replica gatefold sleeve and boasts audio remastered from the original Continental master tapes, overseen by Arthur himself.


COMPETITION: We have five vinyl copies of this beautiful record to give away courtesy of Mr Bongo.

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

“Of the many tracks to have sampled this classic LP, which one is named after a Spike Lee movie? [Clue: the answer can be found on WhoSampled]

Email your answers to with ‘Arthur Verocai Competition’ in the subject heading. Entries must be received no later than 5pm (BST) on 15th June 2016. Winners will randomly selected from the correct answers and notified by email.

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

‘De La Soul is Dead’ 25th Anniversary Mixtape [mixed by Chris Read]



This Weekend (14th May 2016) marks the 25th Anniversary of the release of De La Soul‘s classic sophomore album ‘De La Soul is Dead’. Following in the footsteps of 1989’s sample heavy ‘3 Feet High and Rising’, the album once again delves into unconventional and varied sample material from disco to spoken word via rock, jazz and soul with producer Prince Paul placing a unique spin on all of the above. In celebration of the album’s 25th birthday, we’ve teamed up with Wax Poetics to present an exclusive mixtape containing tracks from the album, remixes and, of course, original sample material used in the album’s production.

Track list:

1. Jimmy Spicer – ‘Money (Dollar Bill Y’all)’ (sampled in ‘Bitties in the BK Lounge’)
2. Chris Read – ‘Theme #3’ (Scratchapella)
3. De La Soul – ‘Intro’
4. Funkadelic – ‘I’ll Stay’ (sampled in ‘Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa’)
5. De La Soul – ‘Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa’
6. Funkadelic – ‘Mommy What’s a Funkadelic’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa’)
7. Stevie Wonder – ‘Hey Love’ (sampled in ‘Talkin’ Bout Hey Love’)
8. Freda Payne – ‘The Easiest Way To Fall’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Talkin’ Bout Hey Love’)
9. De La Soul – ‘Talkin Bout Hey Love’
10. White Lightnin’ – ‘That’s No Lie’ (sampled in ‘Fanatic of the B-Word’)
11. De La Soul – ‘Fanatic of the B-Word’
12. Lee Dorsey – ‘Get Out My Life, Woman’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Fanatic of the B-Word’)
13. Chuck Jackson – ‘And That’s Saying A Lot’ (sampled in ‘Afro Connections at a Hi-5’)
14. De La Soul – ‘Afro Connections at a Hi-5’
15. De La Soul – ‘Pease Porridge’
16. Edna Wright – ‘Oops Here I Go Again’ (sampled in ‘Pass The Plugs’)
17. The J.B’s – ‘Pass the Peas’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘Pass The Plugs’)
18. De La Soul – ‘Pass The Plugs’
19. Eric B & Rakim – ‘Eric B Is President’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Pass The Plugs’)
20. Tom Waits – ‘Diamonds on My Windshield’ (sampled in ‘Oodles of O’s’)
21. Biz Markie – ‘Nobody Beats The Biz’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘Oodles of O’s’)
22. De La Soul – ‘Oodles on O’s’
23. Lafayette Afro Rock Band – ‘Hihache’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Oodles of O’s)
24. De La Soul – ‘Rap De Rap Show’
25. Lou Johnson – ‘The Beat’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)’)
26. The Whatnauts – ‘Help Is On The Way’ (sampled in ‘Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)’)
27. The Honey Drippers – ‘Impeach The President’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)’)
28. De La Soul – ‘Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)’
29. Taana Gardner – ‘No Frills’ (sampled in ‘Bitties In The BK Lounge’)
30. De La Soul – ‘Bitties In The BK Lounge’
31. Lou Donaldson – ‘It’s Your Thing’ (sampled in ‘Bitties In The BK Lounge’)
32. Bob James – ‘Sign of the Times’ (sampled in ‘Keepin’ The Faith’)
33. Aerosmith – ‘Walk This Way’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Keepin’ The Faith’)
34. Slave – ‘Just a Touch of Love’ (sampled in Keepin’ The Faith’)
35. De La Soul – ‘Keepin’ The Faith’
36. The Mohawks – ‘The Champ’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘Keepin’ The Faith’)
37. Instant Funk – ‘I Got My Mind Made Up’ (sampled in ‘Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays’)
38. The Rebirth – ‘Evil Vibrations (Saturday Mix)’ (cover of Mighty Ryeders ‘Evil Vibrations’, sampled in ‘Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays’)
39. De La Soul feat Vinia Mojica – ‘Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays’
40. Young Holt Unlimited – ‘Light My Fire’ (sampled in ‘Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays’)
41. Tower of Power – ‘Ebony Jam’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays’)
42. De La Soul feat A Tribe Called Quest, Dres & Vinia Mojica – ‘What Yo Life Can Truly Be’

Listen here or below.



Drake’s ‘Views’: The Samples [Video]

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Yesterday saw the release of Drake‘s eagerly anticipated ‘Views’ LP and, as with many other albums of similar profile to have been released this year (see Kanye‘s ‘The Life of Pablo’ and just last week Beyonce‘s ‘LEMONADE‘), a big part of the story behind the album is its choice of samples. On that front ‘Views’ is by no means a let down, delivering a broad pallet of samples that ranges from pitched down house cuts from the shortlived UK Funky scene to the Timmy Thomas classic that underpins the ubiquitous pop smash ‘Hotline Bling’, via dancehall megastar Beenie Man and plenty more besides. Check out our video breakdown of the album’s major samples below:

Keen to discover more? Check out FACT Mag’s track by track sample breakdown here or visit Drake’s artist page on WhoSampled here.

DJ Paleface (Crazy Cousinz) Interview


Earlier this month some leaks from the most anticipated album of the year pricked the ears of UK music fans in particular as Drake, who is currently engaged in a love affair with all things London, continued his hot-streak by releasing ‘One Dance’ featuring a gratuitous sample of the Funky House classic ‘Do You Mind’ by Kyla. Having already shown his love for Grime, he’s slowly enveloping different aspects of British sounds (we’re just waiting on him to hear Goldie’s Timeless…) whilst adding his own unique flavour.

UK Funky (or Funky House) was an oddly short-lived musical chapter in the UK underground scene, rising from the ashes of a dwindling Grime scene and taking inspiration from Garage, House and Afrobeat. Although fleeting, the scene made a big splash in the UK and spawned it’s own anthems, dance moves (skanks), and left it’s mark on the hardcore continuum. A production duo named Crazy Cousinz were behind many of these anthems including ‘Do You Mind’, ‘The Funky Anthem’, ‘Bongo Jam’ and a ton of massive remixes. We’ve spoken to DJ Paleface from Crazy Cousinz, and the artist listed alongside Kyla on the initial release of the track, about his outlook on UK Funky and his thoughts on ‘One Dance’.


Huge congratulations on ‘One Dance’ sampling your hit ‘Do You Mind’ still sitting at UK Number 1 this week! 7 years after the original charted you must be happy with the impact of the music you’ve created alongside Kyla

Thank you, I am very very happy!

You released the original track as a bassline version but your own Crazy Cousinz mix a year later ended up becoming a bonafide classic, what was the decision process behind remixing it?

The decision behind remixing the track was quite simple really, the more mixes of an original track there are increases the likelihood of the track taking off. There were many remixes of ‘Do You Mind’ which were released, the original vinyl came out with my original production and a Rekless remix, my cousin remixed it under ‘Crazy Cousinz’ as a mix swap and in return I remixed ‘Bongo Jam’ twice (a house remix and a bassline remix), other mixes were provided by L.D., TerraDanja, Control S, DJ Swerve and was even a fresh recording over a Mad Professor instrumental. 

The tune still totally stands up in it’s own right and OVO and the gang had clearly been enjoying it in some recent studio sessions, what did you think of where they’ve taken it?

I think their production placed the track to global audience that was not really possible before, by slowing the track down it changed the genre immediately and could be considered pop, hip hop, afrobeat and even reggae/dancehall. I think this is brilliant.

Were you a fan of Drake prior to this connection coming through? 

I think Drake is a great artist, for me he keeps the essence and culture of hip hop true and doesn’t follow fads, he sets them!

Judging by Drake’s Instagram activity I get the feeling Logan Sama helped with the sample guidance in some fashion here, it’s great to see Drake actually engaging with UK underground rather than just feeding from it, where you aware of this before the call came in for the sample?

I was completely unaware of the sample, I still have not spoke to Logan but I do need to thank him when I see him next.

You’ve had history of being sampled before by Kanye West collaborator Theophilus London on his mixtape track ‘Crazy Cousins’, was there a backstory to this link up?

To be honest this is news to me, however that was an original track produced by my cousin Flukes so I’m sure he would know more about that.

Your Crazy Cousinz collaborator (and actual cousin) Flukes has also had a stellar career, probably best known for his Wifey Riddim featuring Tinie Tempah, are you two still working on music together?

Flukes is now working solo under the alias Luke Larrell and solo under the alias Crazy Cousinz. We have spoken and there are no plans to work on any music in the future.

Grime is really having a moment globally at the moment, do you see any momentum gathering in UK Funky again? You can still hear that swing in Lil Silva’s current output and Roska recently resurrected his Bakongo alias on a similar vibe

I know that there is a lot of talk around UK Funky, I myself have produced a few tracks that could be considered UK Funky (Daydreaming, Fall Outta Love, Pleasure RMX etc) and believe that something could happen with the genre as a whole. I guess it’s up to the main players involved to put something together, however I also believe that when UK Funky blossomed it was totally organic and not reaction based. If there is to be a second wind of UK Funky I would imagine it would be a lot different to the first time round, key producers like DJ Kent and DJ Gregory who were clear influences upon the first wave of producers would be non relevant, it would be very different.

The comeback of Grime has lead to some of the rare & classic 12”s getting reissued and repressed, what do you think of the current vinyl resurgence and are you looking to do anything similar with your Northern Line label?

We plan to release a limited LP every 6 months with the best of the digital releases for the time elapsed, we are pondering with the picture disc idea. I think the resurgence of vinyl is excellent but the usual vinyl buyer nowadays is (and only in my opinion) a collector rather than a DJ, which would make the target audience different to the original audience we aimed at when we first started pressing up vinyl.

What’s on the radar next for DJ Paleface?

Continuing to run Northern Line Records with a consistent stream of releases, release more of my own tracks, continue to develop Kyla as an artist and more than anything else, enjoy life.


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