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Guess the sample? part 2

Did one of these a while ago (click here). I'm one of those people that loves tracing back samples, then hearing what else that band recorded. Good way of discovering old music. I can honestly say I'm rarely surprised by popular songs that contain samples after reading album credits all these years.

Exhibit A

This is "Fun" by Brick. Don't know much about them, but according to wiki "Brick is a former American band that created a successful merger of funk and jazz in the 1970s."

Recognise it don't ya? My '90s babies will know it from "Video" by India Arie. Remember when female-empowerment songs weren't as desperate as "Who run the world? GIRLS!" What a well written song.

But my '70s/early '80s dons will know it from Akinyele "Put It In My Mouth". Although I'm not either of the aforementioned, I hung around older people. And no, this song didn't make me more interested in the stuff he's speaking about.

Exhibit B

Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love

Great disco song with an inspiration of Jamaican dub (echoes, electronic sounds, bass groove - click here for a short video on dub) by the husband and wife team (another Wiki fact). I love songs that have the dance breaks in them. They allow for something different in the mix. I wanna hear a modern day produce take the 12" extended versions principle to modern day.

This has been sampled many times. I'd be lying if I said I knew most of them, so I'll keep it real to you and myself by posting the ones I do know. My older dons will know this from hip hop Godfather Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five "It's Nasty"

Or more popular to the youngsters such as myself from Mariah Carey's "Fantasy". I'd post the original, but the remix with ODB was so left. The pop princess with a Wu-Tang favourite in the mid-90s? Crazy combo. Could you imagine Wacka Flocka Flame with Beyonce? WFF is nowhere near the levels of ODB, just an example. I'd say Tyler, The Creator if I didn't actually think something like that could actually happen. Once again, not a patch on ODB.

This was a favourite amongst dance groups at talent shows in and around 1995. Salute Puffy for this remix. He was the don those days.

Exhibit C

Isley Brothers - Footsteps in the Dark

We all know about the obvious "Between The Sheets" that they used for Biggie's "Big Poppa", "Summer With Miami" by Jim Jones and Jay-Z feat Beanie Sigel "Ignorant Shit". That's all a bit yawntastic now.

How about the groups song about infidelity "Footsteps In The Dark" from 1977?

Easy to recognise it really. If you don't, I have no words.

Sit back and listen to Ice Cube "It Was A Good Day" from 1992. What a great song. The lyrics are genius.

Exhibit D

Freedom - Get Up And Dance

If this doesn't make you do what the title suggests, me and you can't par. Created in 1978

I've played the above sample to a few people and none of them guessed the original. One still couldn't hear it after I told her which makes me wonder how well she knows the original (*cough @PilarOfSociety).

Anyway, like the last time, I'm posting the Bad Boy remix, this time features Ma$e and The LOX in their shiny suits. Anyone that didn't have a crush on Mariah these days is a different kind of human being.

I know Grandmaster Flash and the Mandem did their own of this prior to Mariah. Coincidence?

Exhibit E

I've got more I can do, more I will track down but for now the last is

Aphex Twin - Avril 14th

I want to play the piano like this. Beautiful composition.

KanYe stans will know this straight off. Did you notice he only samples from 1:38-1:50? Of all the song

Somewhere in my I'd prefer that as a soul song

Avril 14th makes me wanna play piano, this cover makes me wanna play acoustic guitar. Isn't perfect, but the vibe is wonderful.

Last but by no means least

After I posted this, erm, post, I found another sample. One I'd never heard before. Coincidence much?

Funnily enough it is a dub sample. Whenever I've tried to explain to people that dubstep producers draw influences from authentic dub (Jamaican music) - hence DUBstep - I always draw for this particular tune to for those that can't make comparisons based on the third beat drum structure. Yeah, their are people that don't know dubstep producers always pay tribute to King Tubby, Scientist and them.

However, this Mad Professor "Kunta Kinte 91" clears everything up for me once and for all

Recognise it? It is "Jahova" by Rusko. This is an absolute monster classic dubstep song. 3million hits on YouTube monster.


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