Woman sought hypnotherapy for Michael Jackson phobia

Thriller lived up to its name when it caused an 18-year phobia for one UK woman. Poppy Johnson was 5 years old when she first saw Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Upon seeing MJ’s transformation into a werewolf, Poppy became traumatised and carried the fear with her. Seeing or hearing Michael Jackson would cause serious symptoms including sweaty palms and shaking. Worse still, her parents are big…

Find Your Lo-Fi Beat Track Names With These Tools

You’ll forget what a vowel is with these text converter tools. I used to find it difficult naming my tracks. I didn’t want to give away the sample I used *ahem* and I also wanted it to be interesting. Eventually, I made a list of hundreds of random titles and dip in as and when I need them. But for a lo-fi producer, there’s a…

How Lo-Fi Took Over Music

From bedroom set ups and Bandcamp LPs to the mainstream, the lo-fi aesthetic is in a lot of your favourite music. Mackenzie Cummings-Grady wrote a great article on how lo-fi minimalism has permeated different genres. He opens with Jim Morrison’s famous 1969 interview with Rolling Stone: “Some brilliant kid will come along and be popular,” he said. “I can see a lone artist with a…

Sampleface’s World Cup Playlist

We’ve compiled a special World Cup playlist with songs from every nation in the tournament. The advantage of having run this blog for 6 years is the countries we’ve covered in that time. We still have some gaps to fill but in the meantime, celebrate the tournament starting on Friday with our special World Cup playlist. It features music/artists from every nation so you won’t…

Happy 5th Birthday, Sampleface!

We’re 5 years old today! Happy birthday to us! Despite the age, we must be growing old because we completely forgot it was our birthday today. It’s crazy to think we’re halfway to a whole decade of existence. We have achieved so much in those 5 years and we have no plans to stop. We just want to give a shout out to everyone who…

Dodie Manta – Fragmented Memories

Leo & Pipo Music’s Dodie Manta releases new album Fragmented Memories. Genres deserve to have their boundaries stretched, broken, and otherwise removed. Influencers become the influenced and vice versa. Dodie Manta had those ideas in mind with Fragmented Memories, his newest album for Leo & Pipo Music. There’s something very eerie and foreboding about the music on this release. A contrast of the mechanical and…

Malik Abdul-Rahmaan – Field Research Malaysia

Malik Abdul-Rahmaan brings back audible fruits from the Far East on “Field Research Malaysia”. A journey through sound and record vendors in the Southeastern Asia has culminated in this: Field Research Malaysia. Malik Abdul-Rahmaan amassed over 100 records during a trip to Malaysia. Everything from local folk to funk, rock, and Bollywood from the area laid amongst his piles of vinyl. If you think that sounds…

Al Massrieen – Modern Music

Jakarta release their 7th Habibi Funk album from an Egyptian band. Heavily encouraged by Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz, Hany Shenoda fathered Al Massrieen as a way of modernising Egyptian music. His influence helped increase their popularity in Egypt in the 1970s. The music has aged but it still twinkles with an air of happiness. Stream it below.

Zero 7 – PixMix 1

The first of two mixes by Zero 7 from 2010, packed with an hour of the best hip hop and electronic music. Zero 7 are idols of mine and PixMix1 feels like it was made for me personally. Why? Well, it features the likes of Mos Def, J Dilla, Flying Lotus, and Q-Tip for a start. But it’s also because the tracks chosen formed the…

JuJu Rogers & Bluestaeb – LIT Lost In Translation

JuJu Rogers & Bluestaeb get “LIT” with their new album. Themes of subversion in music can be poignant and sometimes groundbreaking. The title of JuJu Rogers & Bluestaeb’s collab project twists the meaning from its pop culture definition to an meta-abbreviation of “Lost In Translation”, which has been described as “a metaphor for the disconnection from trends of our society in general and hip hop…