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Hottest Fips: Rare Soul, French Vocals, Electro-Funk & 70s Sounds
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Hottest Fips: Rare Soul, French Vocals, Electro-Funk & 70s Sounds

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

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Kendrick Lamar - Father Time (ft. Sampha)

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"To me, sampling records is a really dope thing because it's like digging for gold. You find that nugget, and it's like, 'Oh wow, this is dope! This sounds fresh.’”

—DJ Dahi (NPR Interview)

On “Father Time” featuring Sampha, Kendrick Lamar reflects on his childhood and his relationship with his father: “Everything he didn't want was everything I was.” Production duties for "Father Time" are credited to DJ Dahi, Beach Noise, Bekon, Duval Timothy, Sounwave, and Victor Ekpo.

By scouring the only song by Hoskins 'Ncrowd on Tracklib, the producers of "Father Time" found a rare gem. “You’re Not There” appeared on the only 45-inch release by the R&B and soul group around singer Leroy Hopkins. The song was produced by soul singer and Soft Soul Records owner Kenni Jones, who got in touch with music through his father, who sang with Sam Cooke.

IDK - Drugstore (Prod. by KAYTRANADA)

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"We cannot let this sampling shit die. (...) I'll sample till I die!"

—KAYTRANADA on Twitter

“Drugstore” is the album opener of IDK’s Simple., which tells the story of a neighbourhood in his hometown of Washington, D.C.—an area dubbed “Simply City” because “you can get killed for any simple reason,” IDK explains. The release is entirely produced by Kaytranada. “Drugstore” opens with a vocal sample of American actress and comedian LaWanda Page, before the song leads into the sample-splicing skit “Southeast to Paris.”

“Simple City is also the birthplace of Marvin Gaye. I wanted to tell the story of Simple City in a way that it's never been told before. From drug abuse to crime and murder, I wanted to cover what it feels like to be from Simple City and teach the world that the fix to helping disadvantaged Black communities isn't as simple as you think. The way people view our mentalities is a straightforward thing. There's a lot of depth and it should be handled with care. I wanted to create a project where people can 'dance to real shit'."—IDK

Felix Jaehn & Club Soda - Nuit Blanche

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“When you dig for samples, you get ideas you’d never think of because you don’t play that instrument or you’re not from that particular culture. It’s a beautiful way to let new ideas happen.”

—Myrthe van de Weetering

Producers-slash-DJs Felix Jaehn (Hamburg, Germany) and Club Soda (São Paulo, Brazil) built a tech-house track around French vocals by violin player and composer Myrthe van de Weetering. Her song was inspired by a quote by French Renaissance philosopher, Michel de Montaigne: “In love, there is nothing but a frantic desire for what flees from us.”

Axel Boman - Nowhere Good (ft. Bella Boo)

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"The skittering percussion on ‘Nowhere Good’ sounds like crickets chirping at night, while stirring vocal refrains add a dash of soul to the mix."

—Resident Advisor on “Nowhere Good”

With LUZ / Quest for Fire, Swedish producer Axel Boman presents a double-album with an immersive experience featuring art, text, and archive material to complement the music. Samples like Planet Patrol’s “Cheap Thrills” add soul to Boman’s house-oriented, synth-fueled productions.

1983’s “Cheap Thrills” by Planet Patrol is actually somewhat of an offspring of Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force’s “Planet Rock,” the classic which forever changed the face of hip-hop. “Planet Rock” producer Arthur Baker extended that quest, and returned to the 24–track tape machine to use parts that didn’t make the final cut of “Planet Rock” for another song, which set off an Electro-Funk outfit called Planet Patrol.

Makoto - What You Need (ft. Vonné)

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"I used a lot of plugins to process the sample and tried to make it as modern-sounding as much as I could because there were newly recorded vocal parts by Vonné as well."

—Makoto Shimizu

With a chunk of music by prolific UK drum-and-bass label Hospital Records available on Tracklib, it’s nice to hear their roster of producers also utilizes Tracklib as a go-to-spot to find samples. Japanese producer Makoto Shimizu dug into our 70s soul vaults to find the right vocal to tie in with “What You Need” featuring London-based vocalist Vonné.

“I was looking for male soul vocal samples as I already had a loop that sounded like 70s soul music. I went on Traclkib and searched by vocals, then that Z.Z. Hill acapella came up. When I heard the sample, I loved a few lines and tried to put that into the loop. ‘Sweet Woman By Your Side’ was perfectly in key and exactly what I was looking for! I used a lot of plugins to process the sample and tried to make it as modern-sounding as much as I could because there were newly recorded vocal parts by Vonné as well.”—Makoto Shimizu

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