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Direct Sample of Drums

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DJ Shadow's Midnight in a Perfect World
Mo Wax 1996
Marlena Shaw's California Soul
The Spice of Life
Cadet 1969
Sample appears at 0:35
Sample appears at 0:08


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Producer: DJ Shadow

Tags: WhoSampled #1

Main genre: Hip-Hop / R&B

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Contributed by kidwho (115 submissions)

  • Somasis
    Somasis said 3 months ago:

    I don't think this is the right song either. My own research tells me that it's Rotary Connection - Life Could. I've slowed to down and looped it like this and it sounds just alike.

  • thaBIGlittle
    thaBIGlittle said 8 months ago:

    Izeytope96: Of course it's chopped, but it's also pitched. The snares aren't the same either. I've listened to both breaks and the actual song hundreds of times throughout the years and there's no way that "California Soul" is the correct drum sample. Just go and listen to both of them yourself and check them out. There isn't much layering going on in the break. It's just slowed and chopped, that's about it.

  • Izeytope96
    Izeytope96 said 8 months ago:

    You have to remember that shadow is a master break chopper. He really screws with these breaks to make them sound the way they do. It's not like him to just change the pitch of a break and hit the loop button. I lot of work goes into this.

  • Izeytope96
    Izeytope96 said 8 months ago:

    The break sounds different because it is HEAVILY layered. DJ shadow layered the claps and rimshots on top of one another at different pitches to create the snare and the kicks are just heavily eq'ed and filtered. I still think this is the right break.

  • Jooles
    Jooles said 8 months ago:

    Hmmm, thaBIGlittle: I think you're right. Having listened to Rotarty Connection - Life Could, I'm now convinced it's that and not Marlena Shaw. You can submit a request to get it changed by hitting the red "Report Wrong Information or Missing Video" button.

  • thaBIGlittle
    thaBIGlittle said 8 months ago:

    I've slowed down both this break and Rotary Connection's "Life Could". There's no way in hell that this is California Soul. The break that used is "Life Could".

  • Jooles
    Jooles said 1 year ago:

    I struggled to hear it at first, but yeah, Shadow's chopping really beefs up the drum break.

  • Spinks
    Spinks said 5 years ago:

    Wow, impressive chopping by DJ Shadow here! Awesome!

  • kidwho
    kidwho said 5 years ago:

    It's the drums! It might not seem like it but trust me, I've slowed that tiny break down myself to double check and it really is, with a whole load of careful cutting and pasting.