A reggae journey through some of hip-hop's most famous soul samples

 

'Ride The Samples' is a project that pays tribute to some of the original songs that - thanks to sampling - later became the building blocks of world-famous hip-hop classics.

Hearing these 8 famously sampled soul classics re-arranged in reggae style  reveals how soul and reggae are deeply interconnected. When the first sound systems were born in jamaica, they used to play a lot of R&B and soul tunes from the states, the melodies and sounds of which, went on to influence the new wave of Jamaican music from ska, to rocksteady and then reggae.

In a similar way we find parallel influences in the States, where - in late 70’s Bronx - newly born hip-hop was deeply influenced by Jamaican immigrants with their street art of ‘dee-jaying’ (or 'toasting') over instrumental riddims.

‘Ride The Samples’ is our way of keeping this powerful mix of genres together, celebrating the original soul samples on which world-famous hip-hop classics are based.

 
 
 
 

Produced by Wakeditown Records founder Matia 'Ambassa' Gobbo, 'Ride The Samples' features the wonderful soulful voice of London singer/songwriter Nichola Richards.  Recorded between London, Italy, Los Angeles, Denmark and Brasil,  it also features Paolo Baldini Dubfiles at the mixing desk, who - very much like King Tubby's used to do - brings the whole sound to life with interesting dub splashes. Like David Rodigan would say, "goggles on"!


'Ride The Samples - The recording sessions'

A short film by Marco Mucig

Italian director Marco Mucig followed  us around between London and Italy to shoot this short-movie that tells  a bit of the story behind the making of our first-ever LP 'Ride The Samples'.


What they say about 'Ride The Samples'

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Learn your sampling history with reggae-tinged 'Ride The Samples'

Highsnobiety.com

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Ride The Samples, 100% good vibes

Redbull Music

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This is a band that we've been championing already because they've come up with one or two really interesting pieces

David Rodigan on BBC Radio 1Xtra



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