Various apps have already tackled the age-old problem of identifying a tune you don’t know the name of – just hold up your smartphone when a mystery song is playing and all sorts of services can identify the name of the song, the artist behind it, the year of release, and presumably the brand of detergent used to wash the clothes they were wearing that particular day.
Samples, however … they’re a different matter. Whether it’s a single guitar riff being used in a simplistic dance track or the layers of revamped elements used in something like, say, ‘Since I Left You’ by The Avalanches (the record that holds the, um, record for the most samples used on an album), it’s often far more difficult to track down the samples being used in a song. Unless, of course, you have access to some sort of all-knowing database at your fingertips …
… which is where WhoSampled comes in. This really is one of those ‘so simple yet so special’ ideas; the kind you’ll wonder how you ever did without once you begin to depend on it. WhoSampled will scan any song – hell, it will scan your entire music library should you so wish – and draw upon its resources to ‘explore the DNA’ of your music. More often than not it’ll come up with ‘Funky Drummer’, the most sampled tune in history (aren’t we just full of trivia for you today?) – but chances are it’ll throw up a few surprise revelations too. Expect it to become a conversation starter among music fans worldwide.
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