Friday, 25 September 2009

Adventures In Sampling

I'm in the mood to give a brief history lesson. Why? I love both of these songs, which sample the same tune - which is awesome. It's so damn funky, I might even take a stab at it myself sometime in the near future. But for now, let's talk sampling.

The song is Strokin' by Dynasty. A nice disco/soul/r&b transition tune from the early 1980s (82). A time I like to call, "The time at which all potentially great sampling songs were created." For future versions of this article, you'll see why. The song may be a bit boring for ilictronix, but the opening/chorus sample is straight up phenomenal. If you recognize it right away, bravo. If you don't, that's okay. If you want to test yourself, don't look at the next few tracks.

Dynasty - Strokin' [right click to download]

For you electro fans, a signal went off in your head "OMFG THIS IS *********" I give you a nice high five, fan of music. Although you may have gotten the first sample, the one after this may come as a surprise.

Okay, you guessed it. It's a Mehdi + T-Bang's Signatune. To be honest, I've never even heard the "original" nor do I know of its existence. I'll let the comments explain this to me. This song takes the original Dynasty Sample, speeds it up, and cuts it like none other. This song is powerful, catchy, and sticks in your head forever. Definitely goes on my top 10 list. I fucking love this song.

DJ Mehdi - Signatune (Thomas Bangalter Edit) [right click to download]

Now for the lesser-known sampling, courtesy of sampling god Dave Armstrong - the French Pryda if you will. This one's much lighter, and can be tolerated by more people than Mehdi's repetitive banger. I like this one, and I recently bought Dave Armstrong's "Love Has Gone EP" which I highly recommend - it's chock full of remixes and vocal edits. Now for the tune.

Dave Armstrong - Love Has Gone (Original Mix) [right click to download]

Enjoy, and appreciate the 80s because without it, house would suck,
Prez Jordan


Sam said...

Boba's "Power Love" sampled it too!

Joe said...

"Appreciate the 80s, because without it, house would suck."

So true. Even the "original" house tracks that came out in the late 80s like Ride On Time, French Kiss and Acid Trax were massively influential. House wouldn't just suck without the 80s, it would just plain not exist.

Kid Amiga said...

I do believe dave armstrong got to it way before medhi. Armstrong is phenomenal for so many reasons. This is one.

prez jordan said...

Yea I think Armstrong got it 2 or 3 years before Mehdi. He's a genius.

Casey said...

Ah wicked, thanks for putting up the original for download, you're the only place I could find it!

As for the original (non-T-Bang Edit) version of Signatune, it's the same thing, Bangalter just lengthened it (the original is like a minute and a half, like a lot of Mehdi's stuff at the time), and put a slightly heavier beat over it. It's almost indistinguishable.

As much as I love Mehdi (he's really grown on me and his tunes have worn better for me over the years than many of the tracks i found around that time), a lot of his songs are blatant samples like this (see Mehdi's Tunisia Bambaata and The BB& Q Band's Imagination for a great example). I suppose this stuff happens all the time, hell, even the gods themselves are as guilty as anyone , but somehow, even after many years of listening to a lot of different kinds of music even, that are built primarily around sampling, when it's so obvious, something always bugs me a bit. Anyone else?

PS, I don't know what I'm doing, HTML-wise, so apologies if none of that worked, above.

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