Now Hear This: The Fine Art of Sampling

I love doing a bit of digging when I hear a track I love, or discover a new artist who excites me. Something that always blows me away is sampling in music. I love that an artist can hear one song, and then somehow reinvent it as another.

It might be a little premature to say, but I think that “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra is going to be the track we all remember from 2012 – like Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain” in 2011, or The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” from 1997.

It seems like every time you turn around 5 people are playing it on one guitar, or it’s being played on the radio. Whether you’re familiar with the song by now or not, give it a listen:

Such a great track! Now, this to this.

That is a track called “Seville” from Brazilian guitarist Luiz Bonfá. At it’s core, the budding hit “Somebody That I Used to Know” is based on a sample of an obscure track from the 1967 album “Luiz Bonfá Plays Great Songs.”

Making Mirrors, Gotye’s 3rd studio album, was released back in August 19, 2011, but has really picked up steam in the early part of 2012 thanks to Twitter endorsements of this single from Ashton Kutcher and Lily Allen.

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