Idea on 2/26/16, writeup on 8/12/16.
For some reason, Etta James’ song, “Something’s Got a Hold On Me” is extremely popular for sampling. While it’s a really swinging example of R&B, you probably recognize it primarily as the main hook from Aviici’s “Levels“.
It’s a bit odd though all of the sample sets take just the initial vocalist part, which completely strips the pretty upbeat dance-y feeling of James’ original song. It turns it into just a power statement – “I get this feeling” – which can then be turned into a reflective song like Pretty Lights or the modern version of dancing a la Aviici.
The sampling fun doesn’t stop there though. I was listening to Pandora and heard Nightmares on Wax’s “You Wish“. “Wait a second”, you might say, “isn’t this just a rip off of “Finally Moving” ? Well, turns out that they are both sampling Judy Clay and William Bell’s duet “Private Number“, thus bringing us full circle back to 1960’s soul music 😀
What are other cool sampling chains that y’all know of? WhoSampled is a great resource, but it’s still much more fun to keep an ear out and figure out the chains yourself 🙂
Finally, I leave you with this classic Skrillex sampling.
Stay musical, my friends.