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Tracklib Roundup September
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Tracklib Roundup September

Five of our favorite new tracks including Tracklib samples. Including a pianist previously sampled by Wu-Tang Clan, Dilla & more, a take on a 1996 Chicano hip-hop hit, raw soul chops, Grime and soul as an odd couple, and the use of funk from Sylvia Robinson's label before Sugarhill.

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MURS, Dee-1 & Curtiss King - How Great (ft. Horace Bowers)

Behind the playful DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince imitation on the cover, He’s The Christian, I’m The Rapper by rappers MURS and Dee-1 is full of fun, lighthearted and reflecting takes on faith and religion. All without feeling preachy, and hold together by a strong selection of samples by producer Curtiss King—with nine out of eleven tracks featuring Tracklib samples. “I think a lot of artists are taught that sampling is a negative aspect of production. But with the liberty of something like Tracklib, they can explore creativity without constantly feeling like they are bound by risk or repercussions,” MURS told us for last month’s Sample Breakdown. Tracklib-favorite track “How Great” samples a live organ performance by Billy Preston, whose music was sampled before by Wu-Tang Clan, J Dilla, Beastie Boys & Kanye West.

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KwolleM - Woolwich Arsenal (DLR) ft. DC

Inspired by the work of producers like Nujabes, The Alchemist & Knxwledge, UK producer KwolleM takes Grime into a surprisingly mellowed out direction. “Grime and electronic music can be very harsh, appropriately so. I’m essentially just offering it in an easier pill to swallow,” he says. The subgenre of Mellow Grime is his brainchild, showcased on his new EP called c2c. Each track is named after a train stop, representing life incidents and energies KwolleM associates with each stop. Getting the most grimey on tracks like “West Ham,” as grime was born in East London. The ESTA. sample on “Woolwich Arsenal (DLR)” makes for a more laid-back ride. KwolleM: “Sonically, I wanted this song to be mellow. But a diversion of the more soulful samples used on other tracks. Fully emphasising that this song is a sonic and literal diversion from the c2c train line.”

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ASM - You Don’t Know

In line with recent releases by Madlib, The Alchemist & Action Bronson, hip-hop group ASM (A State Of Mind) strips down soul samples to their bare essentials. Using raw chops and loops as the core of a track, rather than traditional drum patterns. Take “You Don’t Know”: a production all about the horn stabs and a melodic loop of a blues guitar, polished up with words by Fenton Robinson to replace a traditional chorus.

“[We wanted] to take it all the way back down to its essence: the samples. The loops. The little chops,” ASM producer Rhino told us in an interview. “To me, that’s so much fun. When you find a sample and chop it up, it’s always going to be different. A sample always gives you new life or a new direction it takes you in. (...) I use a lot of EQs and compressors to bring out the original drums a bit more. To make it knock a little louder, without necessarily adding a phat hip-hop break.”

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Niña Dioz - Mezcal (ft. Hispana)

While getting nostalgic in the studio over 1996 Chicano hit “Tres Deliquentes” by Delinquent Habits, L.A.-based rapper Niña Dioz and producers Captain Planet & Futura decided to look for mariachi-style horns to sample to pay homage to their Mexican roots. But a deep dive into Captain Planet’s vast vinyl collection led to a dead-end in the maze of sample clearances. But Niña’s find of a version of “El Choclo” on Tracklib was exactly what they were looking for.

Futura: “We chopped it up, loaded it in the sampler, added some 808 bass and slapping drums during one sunny afternoon in Los Angeles while Niña was writing over it.” A fire track not only proudly showing their roots, but also big-upping all the powerful women out there. Niña: “The concept of ‘Mezcal’ came to me to represent the very feminine spirit and powerful taste in mezcal. For me, mezcal represents Mexican women: powerful and full of fire.”

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Danielle Apicella - Higher

“Honestly, I rarely have an idea in mind when I’m digging for samples,” Derek Minor told us before about a one-second loop of Swedish psych band Baby Grandmothers. “I look at sampling like those people who treasure hunt with metal detectors on the beach.” The new sample gem he blows the sand off, is “Willie’s Boogaloo” by Willie Feaster & The Mighty Magnificents he used to produce the upbeat and soul-heavy track “Higher” by New York songstress Danielle Apicella.

Derek: “There’s just something magical about a good brass sample. A bad brass sample will make you want to rip your ears off but a good brass sample... heaven. ‘Willie’s Boogaloo’ is brass porn. (...) The sample is the HEART of the production. It’s what makes the song beat. There are tons of different instruments that are working alongside it, but the sample is what makes the song tick, if you ask me.” The original brass track appeared on a compilation called Rare & Unreleased NY Funk & Soul 1969-1979 by Tuff City Records sub-label, Funky Delicacies.

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