Our Sampleface Five is dedicated to Herbie Hancock samples from the likes of Ugly Duckling, Lamb and Venom. As we’ve already heard that Herbie and FlyLo are in “cahoots”, we thought it’d be worth looking at a selection of five Herbie Hancock samples. The problem with doing that, of course, is choosing just five from such a vast pool of tracks (at least 440 according…

We gave you a list of 26 “e-digging” channels to find samples but now we have 17 more places to uncover some online gems. Like it or not, searching the internet for records or samples – or “e-digging” – is becoming a widespread phenomenon amongst the music production community. Noisey ran an article called Dusty but Digital: How Producers Went From Crate Digging to Youtube Surfing detailing the growing…

The final stop on our European Hip Hop Tour is Italy. Country: Italy Population: (as of 2011 census) 59,570,581 Capital: Rome Currency: Euro (€) Old places of interest If you’re music savvy, you’ll know Italy’s biggest influence on music came during mid to late 70s in the form of Italo disco. The main man of Italy in that genre was Giorgio Moroder (who Dilla notably sampled on E=MC2)….

Italian producer Dusty Fingers remixes J Dilla’s Anthem into a funky hip hop jam. While we all wait for The Diary to drop, we’ll take comfort in the knowledge that there will be an ample amount of remixes and freestyles. Well, maybe “comfort” isn’t the best word as there are plenty of poor renditions out there but this Anthem remix isn’t one of them. Dusty…

It seems a certain 7-foot Italian ex-pat called Michele Balduzzi (AKA: Phonat) managed to fly under our musical radar. Originally from a village in Tuscany, Phonat isn’t making what you’d call massive waves on the electronic music scene. After listening to the track Ghetto Burnin’, it’s hard to understand why he’s not on the same echelon as Skrillex.  Even Skrillex himself is baffled at how…