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11.12.14 Prachi Gupta

In less capable hands, the improbable mash-ups of Beyonce and Phoenix would sound terrible — but album after album, Girl Talk turns his mixes into bass-heavy, body-bouncing, party-fueling tracks. If you’ve ever wondered how the delicately layered samples interact with each other, you can get an idea by playing this visualizer, set to Girl Talk’s […]

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06.19.13 Andy Cush

Yeezus is easily Kanye’s darkest record, and with that comes an almost total abandonment of the warm, sample-based sound upon which he built his name. The samples themselves aren’t gone, however, they’re just different–instead of Curtis Mayfield we get Capleton, instead of Smokey Robinson, TNGHT. Babylon Cartel have assembled a mixtape of the tracks Kanye and […]

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02.14.13 Andy Cush

Each week in Sample Wars, we’ll pit two songs which sample the same source material head-to-head against each other, to determine which one rocked the sample better. This week, we’ll take a look at David McCallum’s “The Edge,” which spawned Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode” and Masta Ace’s “No Regrets.” “The Edge, “David McCallum (1967): […]

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