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Sampling has been a central pillar of music production in the 30-odd years since MPCs hit the shelves, crucial to the development of hip-hop, breakbeat, house, jungle, and countless splinter styles across the dance spectrum. In the decades since, ever-shifting technology has slowly vaporised the analogue world that sampling was built from. Here, Chal Ravens asks: how is the culture of sampling evolving?

The sounds of this summer were an infinity mirror of summers past, from the charts to the rave: the freak funk of Rick James, the...

Aphex Twin

Aphex Twin has released a free “sample mashing” app called Samplebrain. The open-source sound design software works by chopping samples up into a "brain" of...

Sampling Pad

Roland has launched its new SPD-SX PRO sampling pad, which uses the brand's latest sensing technology and claims to "raise the bar" following its previously...

New J Dilla biography will explore the life and influence of pioneering producer

A biography exploring the life and career of J Dilla is set to be published. Dilla Time: The Life And Afterlife Of J Dilla, The...

In her latest Beginner's Guide, E.M.M.A. looks at getting creative with sampling

Like many topics in music production, ask the right person — or get cornered by the wrong person at a party — and the conversation...

The melodic deep house of Maya Jane Coles’ ‘What They Say’ helped put her on the map, and soon went on to be sampled by...

Even if you’ve never consciously set out to listen to ‘What They Say’ by Maya Jane Coles, you’ve almost certainly heard it before. Over the...

The trainer's design celebrates the brand's connection to 30 years of raves and hip hop...

Nike's new Air Max 90 trainer is inspired by sampling and crate digging, earning it the pack title 'Side A/Side B'.

The sports brand, which...

Digitality digging in the crates

WhoSampled is the go-to website for dance nuts investigating the funk, soul and electronic music samples that underpin their modern day favourites. Growing from a...

The garage/techno/jazz futurist on his new album 'Seven Lies'

We caught up with this self-taught scholar of dance music who first began DJing jazz in his room to find out what exactly is going on in that brain — and that record collection — of his...

Ninja Tune's most exciting new signing.

In the current climate of deep house dullards Letherette stand out like a sore thumb. Cutting 'n' pasting micro fragments of dusty old vinyl into emotive, pulsing electronic decoupages, their skewed, psych take on house and hip-hop acknowledges pioneers like J Dilla, Daft Punk, Cassius and Madlib, while injecting unexpected kaleidoscopic flourishes and live instrumentation, pushing sampladelia in a unique direction.

The seminal tracks that changed dance music forever

Layo & Bushwacka! were a popular tech house duo before Millennium time, but after they released ‘Love Story’ in 2002 they totally went supernova. They met at the legendary central London nightclub The End, where Bushwacka!, aka Matthew Benjamin, was a resident DJ and Layo Paskin was co-owner (with Mr C).