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On The Sample Study podcast, producer 2 Mello focuses on one sample and its use in one song every week, discusses the pieces of music involved and then flips the sample to show you how it was done.

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S3 E2 - Osmar Milito, by Madlib

Nov 22 • 16:53

Season 3 episode 2 has me talking a lot about the music of Brazil as we look at Madlib's sample of Osmar Milito and Quartete Forma's "America Latina" for the song Raid by Madvillain (MF DOOM, Madlib) and M.E.D. Happy Thanksgiving!...

S3 E1 - Samples By Host, 2 Mello

Sep 21 • 15:50

This week, for the first time ever, I study MY OWN SAMPLE. Welcome to Season 3!...

S2 E10 - Cos, by Dan The Automator

Jul 19 • 18:42

This week, we look at the unique style of Dan The Automator with his sampling of Cos' "Ixelles" for the trip-hop song "Sunshine" from his project with Prince Paul, Handsome Boy Modeling School. That was a mouthful. Please enjoy learning about a cool lesser-known band and a quirky record producer in this season 2 finale....

S2 E9 - Beach House, by The Weeknd

May 17 • 22:53

This week, we look at one of my favorite stories of the last few years of sampling, how The Weeknd producer Zodiac/Jeremy Rose helped make the career of R&B singer Abel Tesfaye, who proceeded to do nothing else like his initial release and disappoint us all. That's right, it's the House of Balloons episode, discussing the song "The Party" and its sampling of Beach House's ...

S2 E8 - Czeslaw Niemen, by No I.D.

Apr 26 • 19:10

This month's episode has us looking at Vince Staples' "Jump Off The Roof" with some very creative production from No I.D. using a vocal choir sample from Polish rock artist Czeslaw Niemen's "Nie Jestes Moja".

S2 E7 - Smokey and The Miracles, by J Dilla

Mar 22 • 19:51

This month's episode has us looking at an unnamed beat from a J Dilla beat tape that Elzhi used for "Love Is Here", remaking it and cleaning it up with the sample, Smokey Robinson And The Miracles' "Much Better Off".

S2 E6 - Ronnie Foster, by A Tribe Called Quest

Jan 18 • 15:53

This month's episode has us looking at A Tribe Called Quest's "Electric Relaxation" and the three samples it uses to make up its soundscape, but most notably the incredibly memorable "Mystic Brew" composed by organist Ronnie Foster.

S2 E5 - The Isley Brothers, by J Dilla

Dec 21 • 25:06

This month's episode has us looking at J Dilla's excellent sampling of the Isley Brothers' "Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time For Love) Parts 1 & 2" for "Bye." one of the sweetest songs on his album Donuts.

S2 E4 - The Charmels, by the Wu-Tang Clan

Nov 23 • 16:04

It's been a long time but I'm back, and with a big beat--Wu-Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M." with the sample being The Charmels "As Long As I've Got You".

Going forward, The Sample Study will post monthly, every third Thursday. Thank you so much for listening....

S2 E3 - Akira Ifukube, by Pharoahe Monch

Aug 31 • 15:42

This week, we stomp through the creation of Pharoahe Monch's "Simon Says" and how the legal fallout from a sample from Akira Ifukube's "Gojira tai Mosura" from the 1992 film Godzilla vs. Mothra changed the fortunes of the young rap artist's album "Infernal Affairs"....

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