We have a special guest editorial from Point Blank Electronic Music School and it’s all about sampling. Sampling is the use of someone else’s recording within your own to create something new. It can range from lifting sections of drums or other isolated instruments to entire musical ideas and right down to milliseconds of material. It’s such a common technique that we’ve developed instruments to…

Ashton James Brown opens our new feature, “The Sampleface Museum”, with an examination of the influential E-mu SP-1200. Welcome to The Sampleface Museum, a new series of articles where we take a look at various iconic samplers, synthesisers and drum machines. We discuss their functions, the role they’ve played in shaping the sound of hip hop and other genres, their cultural impact and how they…

Preservation’s Barry White-inspired SePtember 1200 is a treat and a free download. It was Barry White’s birthday yesterday. The man with the unmistakeable voice would have been 68 and as a tribute to the late velvet vocalist, Mos Def’s DJ and producer Preservation released a free instrumental album called SePtember 1200. Now, the title is something of a double entendre – the capital S and…

Boora’s The Art Of 10 Seconds (Part Two) is now available for streaming on Soundcloud. Blunted Astronaut Records’ Boora has returned bearing gifts. Well, the second part of his The Art Of 10 Seconds project and his theme has remained the same: exploring Soviet jazz from the ’60s and ’70s. It starts with some Russians talking and laughing before excavating the weird and wonderful world…

Blunted Astronaut Records and MPadrums present a hard-hitting remix of T.R.A.C.’s “Sea Of Tranquility”. There’s something so good about a jazz sample played through a SP-1200. You can instantly recognise the 12-bit quality and know where it came from. Spanish producer MPadrums put those skills to good use when he remixed T.R.A.C.’s “Sea Of Tranquility”. The banging drums, classic filter and intermittent horns give the…

DXA get all jazzy with their new video for Ice’s Jazz. Ah, jazz. Where would we be without it? It has inspired millions and provided rich content for sampling purposes, not only in hip hop but electronic music, rock, funk and so on. Ice’s Jazz is one of those tunes influenced heavily by the genre and it comes from DXA, a hip hop group from…