70s French Jazz Mix by Magical Mystery Mix

70s French Jazz Mix by Magical Mystery Mix

Just over an hour of underground 70s French jazz from the likes of Michel Sardaby, Brigitte Fontaine, Jean Luc Ponty, and Henri Texier. I’ll dive into anything jazz related, especially when it’s prefixed with a country. Japanese jazz is a particular favourite and Magical Mystery Mix have given us a few mixes of that variety.…

Blue Note Records and Don Was To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The Jazz FM Awards have announced the iconic jazz label and its president will be presented with the PPL Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s ceremony. Blue Note Records will celebrate their 80th birthday in style with a lifetime achievement award for themselves and their president, Don Was. The label is home to the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Herbie Hancock and one of the greatest of all…

Starchildluke – BOWSERTAPE

A little late but the UK producer is back again with his fourth #Road2Switch album release, BOWSERTAPE. In arguably his best release of the series, Starchildluke brings us BOWSERTAPE. He’s called it an “alternative love album” loosely based on Bowser’s “relationship” with Princess Peach. To tell the tale, Starchildluke has used mostly R&B samples with a random mix of skits per his trademark style. As…

Sampleface Five: Kenny G Samples

Kenny G straddles the line between popularity and infamy. Here are five samples from the controversial saxophonist. I don’t like Kenny G. That sounds like an odd admission when I’m about to write about the man but I have reasons. And those reasons are because of you. Well, not necessarily *you* but readers in general. You see, as part of our content strategy, I check…

Thijsenterprise – Smoetsie

The Dutch beat maestro is back with Smoetsie, his third release. (No pun intended!) It’s not been that long since we discovered Thijsenterprise and his sophomore release, Stepbacks & Setbacks. It’s actually been 6 months between that album and his latest offering which is a long time in an age of Bandcamp hip hop. This one is called Smoetsie (Dutch slang for “smutty) and it’s a concept…

Zero 7 – Aurora

Zero 7 return with their second single this year. Aurora features frequent collaborator, José González. It’s been 10 years since Zero 7’s last studio album, Yeah Ghost. They’ve released a few singles and EPs since then but nothing full length and I’m chomping at the bit in all honesty. I listen to their debut album, Simple Things, once a week and have done for the…

JAE – Don’t Be My Valentine (Freestyle)

Seeing as JAE didn’t want you to be his Valentine, we haven’t published this on Valentine’s Day. Sometimes you’ve gotta keep it real and be honest. Especially when it comes to love and romance. That’s exactly what JAE did on his freestyle, Don’t Be My Valentine. The LA-based rapper-producer gave a heartfelt speech on what you could expect from him on Valentine’s Day and it…

Obscure Artists Made For Hip Hop Samples

Here’s a selection of obscure artists ripe for sampling. It appears some people weren’t very happy with our guest post on Classic Artists Made For Hip-Hop Samples. That’s fair enough. It goes without saying everyone’s entitled to their opinion, including the person who wrote the article. But then we thought… how about obscure artists? The kind that most producers don’t even remember they’ve sampled so…

Spot-digging – E-digging on Spotify

The word “spot-digging” has made its way onto Urban Dictionary so it must be a thing, right? We like to do research on topics covered on Sampleface. It ensures everything you read has a factual basis, whether it’s an opinion piece or for reference. “E-digging” is a popular search term that leads to our site. It makes sense given the articles and lists we’ve written…