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Hottest Flips: Brazilian Folk, German Disco, Indie Soul & 60s Gospel
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Hottest Flips: Brazilian Folk, German Disco, Indie Soul & 60s Gospel

'Hottest Flips' highlights recent releases made with Tracklib. The series reveals the samples behind the hits and gives you first-hand production insights from the pros.

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Bun B & Cory Mo - Hesitate (ft. Talib Kweli, David Banner & Tobe Nwigwe)

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“Thanks to Tracklib for clearing this sample for us and making the process as simple and easy as possible."

—Bun B

The new album by UGK’s Bun B, Mo Trill, was entirely produced by Cory Mo. “Hesitate” was built around a beat the Atlanta-based producer made during a Tracklib Live Cookup, serving heat with a Norman Feels sample. A soul artist previously sampled by Kanye West, No I.D., Havoc, among others.

“When I heard ‘Movie’ by Norman Feels, I was like, ‘Damn, this sounds like some classic Marvin Gaye kind of vibe! I gotta sample this ASAP!’ I looped the intro and chopped it up on the MPC until it made sense at a faster tempo. I just found the key that felt good and added some drums on the MPC Studio Black. After that, I added the organ track I decided to make the tempo faster.”—Cory Mo

Hulvey & Torey D’Shaun – Crack the Tomb (Prod. by Ace Harris & Carvello)

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"The tricky part was that the sample is in a triplet or 3/4 time signature, and the original beat and bounce we had was in a 4/4 time signature."

—Lasanna ”ACE” Harris

"Crack The Tomb" by Brunswick-based rapper Hulvey is part of his album, COMA. Together with Torey D’Shaun he shares how religion shaped him to the person—and rapper—he is today. Backed by a sample with a fitting title: ‘Turn Away From Darkness’ by Jane McNealy.

“As with most times I'm sampling, I try to listen for those special 3-4 seconds that really have that emotion that can be looped and spliced on the beat to make it a moment. When I heard the bridge of ‘Turn Away From Darkness’ tucked away at like the 2:27 mark, I got goosebumps and just started to play with the sample.

The tricky part was that the sample is in a triplet or 3/4 time signature, and the original beat and bounce we had for ‘Crack The Tomb’ was in a 4/4 time signature. So I had to literally use my Studio One DAW to time-stretch each chord/transient to be in the 4/4 signature. . That took a lot of splicing but it was worth it. Once I got the rhythm right, I pitched it up and used that loop as the intro and then also spliced some vocal chops from that loop and sprinkled it all throughout the beat to add dynamics.”—Lasanna ”ACE” Harris (producer of "Crack The Tomb" together with Carvello)

瘦子E.SO - Way Up (Prod. by E.SO & A-FLIGHT)

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"I wanted the beat to sound powerful; with a primitive spirit. So I listened to lots of folk, world, and African music on Tracklib."

—A-FLIGHT

Each music video by Taiwanese rapper E.SO depicts a futuristic storyline. For the samples on “Way Up,” however, producer A-FLIGHT dug deep into tribal drums, Brazilian folk, and old gospel recordings.

“I wanted the beat to sound powerful; with a primitive spirit. So I listened to lots of folk, world, and African music on Tracklib. I eventually found ‘Zumba’ by Brazilian band Comadre Fulozinha. When the vocal of the children's sound dropped, I knew that was the one I was looking for. I wanted this sample to sound pure, so I added a little reverb and fixed the EQ a bit.

The second sample is "Won't You Be Glad" by Dr. C.J. Johnson. The sample appears in the bridge of the song. I listened to a lot of gospel music on Tracklib and finally found this song. I wanted the speech to sound loud and majestic, so I removed the original crowd sounds between the speech from the sample, and sampled another crowd that sounded bigger. I also added delay to Dr. C.J. Johnson’s speech. Everything was done in FL Studio.”—A-FLIGHT

Boogie Hill Faders & Disco Fries – In A Minute (ft. Big Nab) (Prod. by Kevin Oliver)

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“We thought by lowering the octave and focusing more on the tones of the keys and bass from the chorus, we could inflict a deeper groove.”

—Kevin Oliver

Canadian duo Boogie Hill Faders always aims to create “grooves within grooves” by the way they chop up samples and splice drums. “In A Minute” together with Disco Fries and New York emcee Big Nab fits in with that, with a German nu-disco fueled four-to-the-floor beat.

“The samples we hooked needed to have the possibility of a relentless groove. A timeless, future-proof groove; a record that is clearly classic dance and disco-inspired. Digging for samples on Tracklib brought us down the rabbit hole of late-70s and early 80s disco, funk, jazz, and early electronica. However, we stumbled across the sounds of the Torpedo Boyz from the 2000s through Tracklib’s great Collections section. You could tell the Torpedo Boyz had similar sensibilities in their overall sound that fit within the type of samples we were hunting for.

We thought by lowering the octave and focusing more on the tones of the keys and bass from the chorus, we could inflict a deeper groove that was definitively more house. We worked primarily with a 2-bar sample, chopped and restructured to make a 4-bar loop, and grabbed a short 1-bar guitar lick to loop and play with throughout the record as the core pieces for initial arrangement. We recorded new drums, and combined and layered those with our electronic kits to drive forward a four-to-the-floor focus.”—Kevin Oliver

Mylo B & Braj Mahal - otoño en diciembre

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otoño en diciembre” by beatmakers Mylo B (Colombia) and Braj Mahal (Nashville, TN) is the main single of the El Día Más Corto compilation by L.A. label Acrylic Records: a Latin spin on their winter solstice compilation, The Shortest Day.

The music sampled is obviously in line with the compilation's theme: "Brasa” by Brazilian guitarist and singer Saulo Duarte and Grammy-nominated, Brazilian-born composer and singer-songwriter Thalma de Freitas, who previously worked together with the likes of Kamasi Washington, Bebel Gilberto, and John Finbury.

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