DOTW: Reese & Santino, The Sound

As many readers have pointed out, primary audiences for dance music are often unconcerned with originality when getting down so long as what’s playing is groovy. This fact has been capitalized upon thousands of times the less scrupulous or inspired producers, especially in times where sampling is particularly en vogue. We mention this not to debate the merits of sampling more generally (although someone could have a field day dissecting all the sample-based house music flowing out of the Wolf+Lamb camp alone), but rather how accepted it’s become for artists to replicate high profile tunes for their own gain.

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Just months after Alex Kenji and Frederico Scavoused were busted for passing off integral portions of Paperclip People’s “Throw” as their own track, Giacomo Godi and Emiliano Nencioni have been caught with their hands in the KMS back catalog for their track “Beat Me Back.” Its foundational melodic element is swiped wholesale from Reese & Santonio’s “The Sound,” just pitched up and ensconced in skippy percussion. That they sampled Kevin Saunderson’s 1987 big hit isn’t a damnable offense; it’s that they didn’t have the imagination to do anything beyond using it in the exact same manner as the original. Even Todd Terry, who recycled the same progression for his 1988 track “Back To the Beat,” had the decency to arrange it differently and add a bevy of samples. Saunderson’s response to their profiteering has been spot on: making the original available for free and calling out the culprits. The duo’s excuse, that they thought it was a free sample, acknowledges just how little they put into their track. Audiences may not make a stink about these sorts of matters in the heat of the moment, but they should at least avoid rewarding plagiarists with their money when buying music.

Download: Reese & Santonio, “The Sound”

Verity  on February 25, 2011 at 12:28 PM

perfect summing up of this entire situation – BRAVO to ‘little white ear buds’ and peace & respect to Kevin Saunderson for the dignified and savvy way he dealt with it

Deadpan alley  on February 25, 2011 at 12:31 PM

well said .. about time this new tribe of semi-talented producers put some real work into producing original and relevant music instead of hi-jacking the originators beats and thinking that’s all it takes. Note to Supernova: mixing loops with a couple of new beats is DJING not PRODUCING – fools !

stu  on February 25, 2011 at 12:36 PM

On listening, I think your defence of Todd Terry is a bit on the weak side..

littlewhiteearbuds  on February 25, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Anyone who was having trouble downloading this should try again, the link is fixed.

@stu It was a weak defense because T2’s “track” is pretty awful; we just wanted to point out that he made some effort to distinguish it from the original, if not much.

bhbognar  on February 25, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Why are they all Italians?!

Blaktony  on February 25, 2011 at 4:57 PM

I heard that bullshit; they thought they could get away with it & no one say anything or make some money of it before a cease was called….hated it happen to Kevin but he handled the situation very maturely (call em’ out). That was just ignorant on their part (“The Sound” is a classic track) & offered a weak-assed excuse. Go learn some skills,research, & stop offering us this shit….your turnin’ folk off from the real art. “RESPECT OUR MUSIC & COMMUNITY”

Slipdress  on February 26, 2011 at 6:49 AM

@bhbognar SO SO true!!!!

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