Nothing is original anymore, and that alone shouldn’t be surprising. Many, many thousands of albums are released every year (106,000 in 2008 for example) and there’s simply fewer things that a musician can do to truly be unique in this day and age. Even when an artist is trying to be original, there’s still a chance that your original song can sound too much like something that’s come before, so it’s no surprise that you have to look backwards before you can look forwards.
Why run the risk of creating something new that sounds like something old, when you can openly admit to taking past creations and turning them into exactly what you want? As such, we here at SESHWYN aim to celebrate the humble act of sampling, but wanted to find the lost gems that have been fashioned into the songs that we know and love today.
Episode 26 of the SESHWYN PODCAST is live, and this one goes out to the Originals behind Samples, the real OGs.
Oh yeah, we’ve added this big new button, I wonder what it does…
Not many elusive tracks this time around which is probably unsurprising given that they’ve all been found and reworked, often propelling them to much wider audiences. However a few remain absent from Spotify including one of my picks, ‘Introit’ by William Sheller.
I chose this one for being heavily sampled by hip-hop super-group Deltron 3030 on ‘3030’ from their legendary self titled debut album but the original song otherwise serves as the intro to Sheller’s 1972 classical works Lux Aeterna (no, not this one). Dan The Automator really found a classic with this one, and he didn’t even have to listen past the first track of the album, talk about efficiency.
Christy came through with one of the most surprising samples of the episode. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I did not expect Timbaland to ever sample an obscure song by a Syrian singer on an Aaliyah track but that’s exactly what we have here.
I’d love to know how the famed American producer found ‘Alouli Ansa’ by Mayada El Hennawy and thought to turn it into the R&B classic ‘More Than A Woman’ but evidently it happened somehow and Aaliyah walked away with her only UK number one hit as a result. Let’s just agree that the next time it comes on in the club we all recognise that we’re getting down to a Syrian rager.
7 more bangers from this month’s podcast have found their way onto to the EVERYTING SESHWYN playlist, and that’s 7 more reasons to hit that follow button.
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