13 of the best sampled beats

23rd Apr 2014 | 23:00

13 of the best sampled beats

Take a look at these 13 killer beats that have been sampled by mainstream artists, including some genuine classics that still stand up today.

DJ EXPO 2014: Since the mid 1980s, artists have been sampling breaks and beats from their favourite records, merging the past with modern styles, sounds and technologies to create something new and original.

Here we give you 13 killer beats that have been sampled by dozens of mainstream artists, including some genuine classics that still stand up today. Of course, if you plan on sampling music created by other artists in your work then be sure to seek their permission beforehand!

The Winstons - Amen Brother

Too many artists to mention have utilised The Winstons' legendary six-second (four bar) Amen Break. It's arguably the most sampled drum loop of all time.

James Brown - Funky Drummer

Under the guidance of The Godfather of Soul, Clyde Stubblefield's eight-bar solo has been a staple break for hip-hop greats such as Public Enemy, Run DMC, and Grandmaster Flash.

Gary Numan - Films

As heard on Numan's seminal album, The Pleasure Principle, Cedric Sharpley's opening drum riff helped pave the way for the burgeoning breakdance scene in NY's Bronx.

The Incredible Bongo Band - Apache

A cover of a 1960s track by The Shadows, this obscure version featured a long percussion break that spawned countless beat samples on hip-hop, rap and dance records.

Sly And The Family Stone - Sing A Simple Song

This old-school funk killer was covered by numerous R&B and soul acts before the break found a new home amongst hip-hop elites such as 2Pac, Wu-Tang Clan and De La Soul.

Led Zeppelin - When The Levee Breaks

Led Zeppelin gave Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie's blues track a makeover in 1971 with John Bonham's monster drum riff sampled so many times it's that instantly recognisable.

Marshall Jefferson - Move Your Body

A classic house anthem in its own right yet the drum break showed its versatility when sampled on Technotronic's 1989 worldwide smash hit Pump Up The Jam.

Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express

Trans Europe Express' chugging metallic rhythm had a huge influence on the early Electro scene, notably Afrika Bambaataa's pivotal hit Planet Rock.

Kool And The Gang - N.T.

From their Live at PJ's album, the opening track's funky beat has become an omnipresent hip-hop sample used by N.W.A, Public Enemy, and A Tribe Called Quest.

Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight

No, seriously. Samples have featured on tracks by Shaquille O'Neal, Nas, and Tupac Shakur, while both Beck and Prince Rama re-recorded that trademark drum roll (3:16).

The Meters - Cissy Strut

This bona-fide classic drum rhythm is so laid back it's virtually horizontal. The beats on this Meters funk instrumental have been looped by N.W.A, 2 Live Crew and many more.

Prince - 1999

The use of that unmistakable Linn Drum snare sound 'knock' is virtually a Prince copyright, and perhaps deserved of entry into the sample hall of fame!

Lou Donaldson - Ode To Billie Joe

No-one knows who laid down the beat to this blues classic but Kanye West, Eminem, Cypress Hill, Mary J. Blige and others have all sampled it.

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