We have been paying close attention to the music industry recently and had our ear to the changing sound of modern r’n’b and hip-hop. The emergence of the new, trap influenced r’n’b sound has been a big hit over the last year and it seems to be going strong into 2016. At Utopia, we love to break down some of our favourite songs into their components and often times we find some very interesting samples from older songs we have listened to so we have decided to give a short lists of some of the more defined samples in songs you have most likely heard in the last 6 months.
One of our favourites is ‘Exchange’ by Bryson tiller which sampled ‘Shorty Swing My Way’ by 90’s duo ‘KP and Envyi’. We can hear it has been Pitched up a few semitones and the tempo has been sped up but the sample is still very much whole.
#2 on our list is Drake – Summer Sixteen record which had a sample from a 1975 song called ‘glass tubes’ by Brian Bennet. The sample appears in the drake song at about 1:50 when the beat transitions from the first half of the song to the second half and we hear the feel of the track start to become darker and more like something straight out of a horror movie.
#3 we have ‘No More Parties In L.A’ which initially we found to have 3 samples but on further research, found an extra 2! Kanye west has always been a wizard when it comes to sampling and this track is no exception to the almighty Yeezy. We decided to list the most prominent sample in the song which is a song called ‘Suzie Thundertussy’ by Junie Morrison in 1976.
#4 On our list is a very recent song from the r’n’b due Majid Jordan, titled ‘Day And Night’. The song incorporates a lot of house and electronica elements but also manages to keep its r’n’b skeleton and stay true to the genre. The sample used here is from a pretty track called Madi Diaz – Trust Fall (Down We Go Remix) by Jensen Sportag. The original track is by Madi Diaz but the song which is sampled in the Majid Jordan track is the remix version by Jensen Sportag.
Finally, we chose ‘Say it’ by Tory Lanez who had some epic sample work from the 1994 track ‘If You Love Me’ by Brownstone. The sampled track has a very gospel feel to it with the call and response effect being very prominent and the vocal harmonies are very well distinguished making for a flawless sample into the Tory Lanez track.
We hope you enjoyed our short list and would love to hear about some sample you found out there down in the comments. [Utopia]