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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Boards of Canada Boldly Sampled by R&B Diva

posted by on August 28 at 10:32 AM

What’s this? A major-label R&B diva (or her producer[s]) sampling genius IDM recluses Boards of Canada? Holy blip, Batman! Things will never be the same again. Etc. (Oh, shit. Just found out Pitchfork reported this last November. Well, maybe you missed that post, or forgot about it, like I did. Anyway, now you have sound and images.)

But there it is on “This Bird,” off Houston vocalist Solange’s pretty all right SoL-AngeL and the Hadley Street Dreams (out now on Geffen)—a fat chunk of BOC’s “Slow This Bird Down” from their 2005 album The Campfire Headphase. Oddly, this is far from the most obvious BOC track you’d expect a mainstream artist to sample; “Aquarius” or “Roygbiv” would seem to be a more likely candidate. Credit to Solange (Beyoncé’s sister) and her production team for choosing such an eerie slice of chilled slug dub to buttress a torch song.

By the way, trivia fans, “Sandcastle Disco”—also on SoL-AngeL— uses the famous drum break (Run D.M.C. and many others also ganked it) from the Monkees’ “Mary, Mary,” but sans credit.

Solange’s “This Bird”

Boards of Canada’s “Slow This Bird Down”

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'this bird' sounds pretty weak. sampling b.o.c. seems to be a ploy to get your name up on blogs - had this song just used synths emulating the synths that they sampled, no one would care.

Posted by cosby | August 28, 2008 12:16 PM

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