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Hottest Flips: South American Reggae, 70s Soul & Música Popular Brasileira
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Hottest Flips: South American Reggae, 70s Soul & Música Popular Brasileira

'Hottest Flips' is a revamped series to highlight top-of-the-bill tracks using Tracklib samples. A monthly focus on the making of three beats. Your track might be up next...

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Louie McDon & RAGERBOY BEMO - Sapphire

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7:34

"Pitching the sample up created more of a flirty vibe which really complemented the idea of progressing the song from rap to R&B."

—Louie McDon

“When I first heard 'I Don't Want To Play Around,' I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Just from the first 30 seconds, I could understand why it was License Category B instead of C. [laughs]

I knew I wanted to incorporate the vocals from the sample, but the song is so long and has so many changes… So I made four different beats from the same sample. When it came to writing 'Sapphire,' though, I wanted to chop the part of the sample talking about love. Once I chopped up and looped the line ‘Love has many signs and…’ everyone in the room went into their bag!

Pitching the sample up created more of a flirty vibe which really complemented the idea of progressing the song from rap to R&B. I usually use Fruity Slicer in FL Studio to chop samples. But this sample was easy enough to chop and stretch on the grid. Then adding Gross Beat (the Momentary preset) gave the sample some bounce. The last thing I wanted, was to make a bridge so I used Fruity Love Philter to add a simple triangle low-pass to give the sample the filtered and build-up effect coming back into the hook.”—Louie McDon

Matveï - VOCES

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3:17
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2:48

"The vocals were already in the same tonality as my beat, so I didn’t even have to pitch them. I just applied EQs, compression, stereo imaging, and saturation to it.”

—Matveï

“I found the sample while looking for a Portuguese acapella to fit a beat in the Brazilian aesthetic of my debut EP. When I stumbled across the lead vocals of “Pegasus” by Quebrante and Lurdez da Luz, I got instantly inspired.

The idea for ‘VOCES’ was to make a danceable house-inspired record with bossa nova and R&B influences. So I mixed the lead vocals with pitched-down R&B vocals on top of a bossa nova guitar and electronic synths, drums. For the vocal sample itself, I chopped it and slowed down the vocals. The vocals were already in the same tonality as my beat, so I didn’t even have to pitch them. So I just applied EQs, compression, stereo imaging, and saturation to it.”—Matveï

Yolanda Be Cool - Mr. Saindo

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"The vocal sample is so sweet and soothing that it kinda juxtaposes everything else in the song. Just how we like it."

—Matthew Handley (one half of Yolanda Be Cool)

“We love everything about Brazil and were looking for some tasty samples to go with an EP we were making for Mele's label Club Bad. ‘Babylon’ by Alfamor just fit so perfectly with the vibe we were going for, so we simply looped it up and built a song around it. The sample adds a soft touch because the song is pretty dancefloor-centric. But the vocals are so sweet and soothing that it kinda juxtaposes everything else in the song. Just how we like it.

That’s the thing about sampling… It’s so fun and exciting. Finding rare gems that people haven't heard before, or even old stuff that people may have heard. But then putting your own unique spin on them so they feel new again.”—Matthew Handley (of duo Yolanda Be Cool)

Find out how Yolanda Be Cool's sampleflip of an Italian folk sample became an instant global phenomenon, 10 years ago, by clicking here.

Think you got what it takes to be picked for next month’s Hottest Flips? We’re looking for you. Share your new music with Tracklib sample(s) on Instagram, @ us and use the hashtag #tracklib.


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