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…

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…

Classic Artists Made For Hip-Hop Samples

Here are a selection of classic artists ripe for sampling. In the last few months, we’ve seen an unlikely takeover of the music industry by Queen. It’s not hard to understand why – the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody just won actor Rami Malek the Best Actor award at the Oscars. As a result, it seems you can’t open your eyes or ears without seeing…

Starchildluke – Boas Festas

An alternative Christmas beat tape by Starchildluke with a worthy cause attached. This is my album; I am Starchildluke. I refrain from promoting my music too much on the site but I thought this was relevant for two reasons: It’s for Christmas It has samples in it It came about while I was on holiday in Lisbon in November (hence the name). I got into…

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…