Sampling is the back bone of dance music. Across all of its wide-ranging genres, producers search high and low for a bassline here, a hi-hat there, a split-second vocal to contort into percussion, and warp in new-fangled directions.
Some samples are more common than others, for example, the 'Think' break. The short drum clip overlaid with James Brown’s “Woo!” and Bobby Byrd’s “Yeah!” vocal has been immortalised in electronic music, forming the basis for all kinds of styles from leftfield IDM and hardcore jungle to hip hop and electronica.
Check out a playlist featuring some our favourite examples below.
Patrick Hinton is Mixmag's Digital Staff Writer, follow him on Twitter