'Ride The Samples' is a project that pays tribute to some of the original songs that - thanks to sampling - later became the building blocks of world-famous hip-hop classics.
Hearing these 8 famously sampled soul classics re-arranged in reggae style reveals how soul and reggae are deeply interconnected. When the first sound systems were born in jamaica, they used to play a lot of R&B and soul tunes from the states, the melodies and sounds of which, went on to influence the new wave of Jamaican music from ska, to rocksteady and then reggae.
In a similar way we find parallel influences in the States, where - in late 70’s Bronx - newly born hip-hop was deeply influenced by Jamaican immigrants with their street art of ‘dee-jaying’ (or 'toasting') over instrumental riddims.
‘Ride The Samples’ is our way of keeping this powerful mix of genres together, celebrating the original soul samples on which world-famous hip-hop classics are based.
released June 2, 2017
Produced by: Matia Ambassa Gobbo
Recorded by: Matia Ambassa Gobbo at Ambassacrib Studio & Paolo Baldini at Alambic Conspiracy Studio
Mixed by: Paolo Baldini at Alambic Conspiracy Studio
Mastered by: Simone Squillario
Art Direction & Graphic Design: Fabrizio Festa
Photography: Fabrizio Festa & Matia Ambassa Gobbo
Styling: Francesca Pinna
All Rights Reserved, Wakeditown Records 2017
Lead & Backing Vocals - Nichola Richards
Bass, Pianos & Melodica - Matia Ambassa Gobbo
Drums & Percussions - Winston ‘Horseman’ Willis
Hammonds & Electric Pianos - Martin Walter Russell Kaufmann
Guitars - Zack Pike (tracks 2,3,4,5,6,7,8) & Fellipe ‘Souljah’ Sobral (track 1)
Horns - Zeno Tami