Man, sampling is the shizzle. Totally. It’s brought us a lot of killer tunes over the years. I’m not just talking about old-school hip hop anthems jacking beats from old James Brown records, either.
It’s all over the place, these days. Often, the samples have been effects piled on top of them and the waveform stretched so they’re not really recognizable compared to the original source anymore (unless you know what you’re looking for, of course). Observe as The Prodigy’s Smack My Bitch Up is completely dismantled:
Jim Pavloff Makes Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up” in Ableton Live
Other times, the producers are danging the samples in front of our faces, right out in the open and we don’t even know it. Daft Punk have mastered the art of digging for a sample and doing only the most sublte of changes for effect.
Where Daft Punk Got Their Samples From
And, of course, there’s the humble mashup. Mashing takes sampling to the extreme. In some cases it’s a fairly straightforward affair of layering two songs together, but as the below video shows you, it’s not always that simple, and sometimes regular old non-sampled music is guilty of simple copying as well.
Remixed excerpt of RiP: A Remix Manifesto