Take Me To The Crates

This week on the Seven O Clock sample, we are looking back at the musical legacy of RUN DMC.

No one in their right mind would deny the influence that Run DMC has had on American popular music.  They were the first to do so many things for rap music.

I had a request last week for this RUN DMC Sample…

Which is obviously, a sample of this Monkees track…

This got me going on Run DMC samples, so I though that I’d explore a few more of my favorite RUN DMC songs.

Remember this one?

That’s another great rock and roll sample from The Knack…

My personal favorite RUN DMC track is Peter Piper!

This sample comes from one of the most sampled jazz-funk artists of all time… Mr Bob James.


What Don’t You Sample?

This week’s theme on 7 o’Clock sample is a journey through time…


This week I’ve decided to look at new songs that sampled old tracks.  Today’s sample takes us all the way back to 1947…

The sassy and sensual sounds of the lovely Ms. Peggy Lee.  This track was written in 1936 by Kansas Joe McCoy. It was a favorite of Peggy’s and while she was working with Benny Goodman in the mid 40s, he made a new arrangement for her, that became one of her biggest hits.

Fast forward 60 years later, and head to Belgrade, where you will find Serbian Producer / Deejay Gramophonedzie.

He has been producing for about a decade now, and earlier this year released his newest single on Virgin records called “Why Don’t You.”

Check it out!

Cool video huh!?!

Cal is Sparkling!

This week on 7 O Clock sample, we continue to look into the music of CAL TJADER.

There is something hypnotic about Cal’s sound.  Many producers have noticed Cal’s sample ready grooves, and have turned out some great tracks…

Here is Jordan’s Top Picks for Cal Tjader samples!

OOh!  and do you remember this one?

Yep… That’s Cal too…

I love it!

…And Ya Say Cal Tjader

Seven O Clock sample time!

This week we are exploring the tunes of the great jazz vibraphonist CAL TJADER!

Cal’s work spans over 50 decades.  He has consistently been one of the best in the biz. His hybrid salsa, jazz and calypso style always puts me in a good mood.

Cal has been sampled by many artists over the years, and this week I’m looking at some of my favorite Hip Hop Cal samples.

In 1995 Cal put out an album entitled SOLAR HEAT.

The first track on this LP was ” Never My Love” a Burt Bacharach classic re-worked by Cal.

Listen carefully at about 0:29.

This cut was sampled LATER THAT YEAR by  Producer Mark Sparks for Grand Puba’s underground classic…


Bring Down The Groove

This week on the Seven O Clock Sample, we are exploring the funky dance sounds of Deee-Lite.

In the 1990s, there were few groups that had the combo of dance grooves, poppy hooks and funky samples like the 3 of Deee-Lite. Super Dj Dmitir and Towa Tei created beautiful soundscapes for the luscious Lady Ms. Keir to sing and dance to. While there was without a doubt, a certain level of gimick to the Deee-Lite appeal, there was a lot of fantastic sampling going on too!

Towa Tei was without a doubt the driving force of much of this funk, a native of Tokyo and a Bronx breed producer, he knows his way around the classic funk, soul and jazz sections of your favorite New York record shop.

Remember this hit?…

Of course you remember this jam, it may even make you roll your eyes! LOL!
But there is no denying that there is a lot of funk in this jam, and some of that is thanks to Mr. Herbie Hancock!

YO DJ! Throw that record on!

Thanks you Mr. Hancock, as always you are the man!

M.I.A.’s Original Savannah Showers

( Boy, I’m getting cheesy with these mash up titles… )

Hey Hey Y’all, it’s time for another 7 O’clock sample!
This week were are exploring the music of M.I.A. We are looking forward to seeing what her new album is going to be like, so I thought I’d look back at some of her hits and open the sample box!
On her debut album ARULAR, M.I.A. had a number of breakout hits, including this one…

That catchy hook was NOT originally written by Ms. Mia, it actually comes from the Bronx based swing group DR BUZZARD’s ORIGINAL SAVANNAH BAND. This group formed in mid 70s and had a number of hits, that have been sampled by such groups as A Tribe Called Quest, Ghostface Killah, De La Soul, and in today’s example, M.I.A.

Here is the original track…

A Crusade for Beats.

Today’s Seven O Clock sample is going to go in sample the Hall Of Fame.  It’s a great original and a great rework.

This week we are exploring the sounds of the Chemical Brothers…

Tom and Ed are not afraid to grab a funky loop to sample, and in today’s example, they rework the sample in one of those ways that makes the case for sampling as an art form…

Check out their hit “Block Rockin Beats” and carefully listen to that opening bassline…

There is no doubt that’s a funky bass lick, but where did it come from?

In 1971, the “Jazz Crusaders” shortened their name to “The Crusaders” , and adopted a jazz-funk style, which really ushered in the genre which came to be known as “jazz fusion”. They also incorporated the electric bass and electric guitar into their music.  The electric bass of Bass guitarist Robert “Pops” Popwell was featured on the group’s 1974 release SOUTHERN COMFORT, which featured this super funky track…

Crusaders – The Well’s Gone Dry