classic samples

Resampling: the art of turning classic vocals into contemporary gems

It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling of hearing a brand-new track on the dancefloor. That thrilling feeling of connecting for the first time with a new sound is perhaps only surpassed by the chill down your spine caused by recognizing a classic. That moment, that split second when you realize that one tune everyone knows is coming on, you look around you slack-jawed asking the crowd with your eyes ‘is this really happening?’ Artists know this euphoric effect on the dancefloor and know how to use it to their advantage and that’s why there has been a refreshing wave of edits, remixes, and renditions of timeless biggest hits.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a classic from the 80s or 90s, or if it’s pop, rock, or electronica. The essential factor is the comforting feeling of belonging it provokes and the strong bonding it creates between music lovers and the artist.

Getting your hands on a hit classic brings a giant responsibility. The margin for error is non-existent, as the ultimate challenge is not only to pay homage to the original but to create something even bigger than the original. How is that done? The task is not easy but there is a wide range of music producers who make it look effortless. However, what’s trending is not renditions in their most classical form, but the art of taking a world-renowned sample and making it the central piece of one contemporary composition. Forget the concept of recycling and welcome to musical reincarnation.

Hot Since 82 – ‘Make Up’ X Crystal Waters – ‘Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)’

‘Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)’, also released as ‘Gypsy Woman (La da dee la da da da)’, is an original work by American artist Crystal Waters released in 1991. More than just a track, this specimen is regarded as one of the biggest house music classics. Despite being immortalized for its ‘la da dee, la da da’ chorus, Hot Since 82 chose another part of the lyrics to create the elegant ‘Make Up’ tune.

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