Thijsenterprise – Stepbacks & Setbacks

Barcelona-based beatmaker Thijsenterprise drops mammoth beat tape, Stepbacks & Setbacks, dedicated to some important people in his life. “Old school hip-hop with soul and jazz samples, dusty breaks and raw chops.” With a description like that, I just had to listen when this dropped in my inbox. Thijsenterprise (real name Reinier Thijs) is a producer from Barcelona and Stepbacks & Setbacks is his latest project. 42…

Samples from Jaylib’s Champion Sound Played by VinRican

Power 106 Los Angeles got DJ VinRican to mix tracks from Champion Sound with the samples they used. It’s officially dope. Say what you want about WhoSampled but I’m sure many of us have searched through and marvelled at the samples used in our favourite tracks. I’ve done it with Jaylib before but there’s always a slight disconnect between the track and the sample when…

Sample Breakdown: Madvillainy

For anyone who needed a sample breakdown of one of the greatest hip hop albums of our generation, here you go. Our new logo is obviously inspired by The Supervillain and he’s shaped my listening and watching habits over the last week. So I was thrilled to see this video in my YouTube recommendations. I’ve already heard most of these samples but that doesn’t stop…

Are Sample Subscription Services The Future For Indie Musicians?

Music consumption has changed quite a lot in the past 30 years. The latest metamorphosis reduces songs to samples of their individual components. Forbes writer Cherie Hu wrote an interesting piece on the next wave of recorded music’s disruption detailing the emergence of “sample services”. The popular format changes from vinyl to compact disc were groundbreaking but Napster’s deconstruction of albums into profitable singles changed the…

SAMPLE RECOVERY (Justice’s “Cross”)

You’ve gotta love a sample showcase and SAMPLE RECOVERY does precisely that. This edition focusses on Justice’s debut, †. I’m on a heavy Justice tip at the moment as I look for inspiration for my new album. Cross (†) is an album I’ve regularly played since I first heard it in 2009. During my research, I found this incredible video on YouTube by an uploader called ArctiliX….

92 Of The Most Sampled Tracks In Music History (Spotify Playlist)

A Reddit user compiled 92 of the most sampled tracks in music history thanks to WhoSampled’s extensive database. If you love samples like us, you’ll love this. Reddit user sooryuken tried to create a Top 100 Most Sampled Tracks playlist on Spotify, sourced from the top sampled tracks on WhoSampled. Unfortunately, this is didn’t go quite to plan as Spotify didn’t have all 100 of their…

Magical Mystery Mix – 70s Japanese Jazz Mix Vol.2

A whole hour of Japanese jazz from the 70’s including rare groove, jazz fusion, drum breaks, and more. Samplefiends rejoice! Magical Mystery Mix have uploaded the second volume of their 70s Japanese Jazz Mix on YouTube and it’s a stonker. There are only 10 tracks on this but each one is packed with jazz goodness from a great transition period in jazz. What’s more, it comes from…

Starchildluke – NOMAD

Not all heroes wear capes but they do release music. This is the new super album from Starchildluke called NOMAD. Yes, I’m writing about my own music. But who better to do it, right? NOMAD is a project I’d been sitting on for a few months with nothing more than a name and half-finished beat folders. So rather than them sit there gathering digital dust,…

What I Learnt From Madlib’s 2016 RBMA Lecture

Interviews with your idols can open a world of understanding. I watched Madlib’s RBMA lecture in New York for the first time and here’s what I took from it. Of all the musical idols who have directly influenced my music, Madlib is one of the main artists. His breadth of work and Bohemian approach to creativity have stood out from the crowd. When I first…

E-Digging and Crate Digging: A Collection of Posts

Find resources and inspiration with our e-digging/crate digging article collection. We’ve done the research (thanks, SAM) and deemed it necessary to bring all our favourite digging articles together. Whether you enjoy getting dusty in the crates or scouring the internet for vinyl rips, this list should have you covered. 15 More Awesome Places For E-Digging – Links to channels and playlists featuring music from around…