Samples are of course an integral part of the music industry, it’s what makes it the expansive and innovative scene it has become. From The Beatles, to Portishead, to Kanye West, to Pitbull, most artists have or will sample at some point in the careers, either very subtly with a note or two, or by reworking an entire track to make it their own. Spotting a sample without peaking at the production credits is a real art, one that comes only with real skill and knowledge. If you fancy yourself as a sample spotter then read on.
1. Kids These Days – Bud Billiken
First up is a sample of a renowned rock anthem, found on Kids These Days’ Bud Billiken. The sample appears just after halfway through, and you’ll be kicking yourself if you can’t spot it.
2. Snakehips – Forever Pt2 (ft Kaleem Taylor)
This is a really tricky one, only true rap enthusiasts will see this subtle nod at one of the greats.
3. The Notorious B.I.G. – Mo’ Moneys Mo’ Problems
Pretty easy if you know the song, an essential element of one of Biggie’s best songs.
4. Boney M – Sunny
Found on a track on his debut album. The sampler of this also created one of the biggest and FUNKiest hits of the past decade.
5. Kanye West – Touch The Sky
One of Kanye’s biggest hits to date, all built around a Just Blaze-crafted sample.
6. Modern Family – Tradition
A soul legend recently passed away, and he (/ his band) was responsible for the riff on this track.
7. Alessia Cara – Here
Recently found fame with this incredible breakthrough single, originally by a soul legend, sample was famously used by elusive Bristolian three piece Portishead.
8. The Weeknd – Belong To The World
Much controversy surrounded the use of this sample, the original producer refused the request, but The Weeknd went ahead and used it anyway.
9. Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Angel Nightmare Mix)
A slither of this remix was sampled and later became a huge big beat single. Appears throughout.
10. Rihanna – Jump
So this is a pretty easy one once it gets going, but see if you can guess it before the chorus begins.
11. The Sunburst Band – Ease Your Mind
Soulful vocal sample used in one of the drum and bass scene’s most essential hits.
12. Incredible Bongo Band – Last Bongo In Belgium
Pioneering trip hop group used this drum sample in one of their biggest hits.
13. Logic – Black Jesus
Black Jesus samples one of the many gems found within the second album from a British post-dubstep producer. The original featured a member of The Wu-Tang Clan.
1. Kids These Days – Bud Billiken samples Radiohead’s Creep
2. Snakehips – Forever (Pt II) samples Nas’ Life’s A Bitch
3. The Notorious B.I.G. – Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems samples Dianna Ross’ I’m Coming Out
4. Boney M’s Sunny is sampled by Mark Ronson on Ooh Wee
5. Kanye West – Touch The Sky samples Curtis Mayfield’s Move On Up
6. Modern Family – Tradition samples Earth, Wind & Fire’s September
7. Alessia Cara – Here samples Issac Hayes’ Ike’s Rap 2
8. The Weeknd – Welcome To The World samples Portishead’s Machine Gun
9. Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Angel Nightmare Mix) is sampled on The Prodigy’s Warrior’s Dance
10. Rihanna – Jump samples Ginuwine’s Ride My Pony
11. The Sunburst Band – Ease Your Mind is sampled on Chase & Status’ Blind Faith
12. Incredible Bongo Band – Last Bongo In Belgium is sampled on Massive Attack’s Angel
13. Logic – Black Jesus samples James Blake’s Take A Fall For Me