Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sampling news

It has just been revealed to me that the EXCELLENT new single from Sleigh Bells samples a song by the EQUALLY EXCELLENT P-funk outfit Funkadelic. Allow me to illustrate with the assistance of YouTube.

Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill

Funkadelic - Can You Get To That

The sample starts at around 0'14" in Funkadelic's song. It may only last for two bars but, because they borrowed it, Derek and Alexis from Sleigh Bells have to give 100% of their publishing and royalties to George Clinton's psychedelic dreadlocks municipal childcare fund.

The music industry is a funny old beast.

Footnote: Rill Rill is out as a single on 13th June, but you can get it on iTunes now. Funkadelic's song is also available in download form, even though you'd assume the master tapes had been given to a crack dealer for "safekeeping" in 1976.

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