Sampling as an art: Evol Intent, Current Value and more


Films, songs, videogames… even audiobooks for meditation! Samples could be extracted from anywhere, but, in the context of a track, their meaning may change significantly. Check out how they became a part of several heavy dnb tracks.

Evol Intent

Boys from Evol Intent are certainly keen on brutal voice samples. They sampled such thrillers as Dawn Of The Dead (for the track Suicide), 28 Days Later (for the track The Blood) and The Matrix. The last one provided only the Neo’s scream, which appears in Horns & Halos right before the drop. As for Mutiny, it contains the threatening speech from the drama film Taxi Driver. But the most impactful sample, in our opinion, is the voice of the Dalek emperor from Doctor Who – don’t hesitate to check it out in Time War, a collab from Evol Intent and Eye-D.

Evol Intent – Mutiny (Evol Intent Recordings, 2008)

“Listen, you fuckers, you screwheads. Here is a man who would not take it anymore. A man who stood up against the scum, the cunts, the dogs, the filth, the shit. Here is someone who stood up. Here is… Dead”

Evol Intent – Horns & Halos (Barcode Recordings, 2004)

Evol Intent & Eye-D – Time War (Evol Intent Recordings, 2008)

“We waited here in the dark space. We quietly infiltrated the systems of Earth, harvesting the waste of humanity. I am immortal. This is perfection!.. Perfection on Earth… I want to see you become like me. I am immortal. I reached into the dirt and made new life by your hand… This is perfection… The creator”

In addition to the said above, the lyrics for Middle of the Night were taken from the song by a RnB artist Brian McKnight.

Current Value

Current Value’s early stuff was memorable also by the fact that it had grand quotes from the fictional films and TV series. We believe that most notable of them were borrowed from The Prophecy, Battlestar Galactica, and the widely known Alien 3. The track Crusader, released in 2012, appeals to us as well, thanks to the sound of a sword and the narrator’s speech itself, which originally appears in the historical documentary called Crusades: Crescent & The Cross. But the most unusual source must be Wayne Dyer’s audiobook Getting in the Gap, where its author, with ambient music on the background, tells a listener to relax and empty their mind…

Current Value – Faith (Freak Recordings, 2007)

“Some people lose their faith because heaven shows them too little. But how many people lose their faith because heaven shows them too much?.. Heaven isn’t heaven anymore… Even now in heaven there are angels carrying savage weapons”

Current Value – You Can’t Play God (Freak Recordings, 2009)

“You cannot play God then wash your hands of the things that you’ve created. Sooner or later, the day comes when you can’t hide from the things that you’ve done anymore”

Current Value – The Indivisible Force (Obscene Recordings, 2006) ‎

“You’re making conscious contact with the indivisible force. It is said that you will come to know the power of that source and use that power to attract anything into your life. And it’s the silence between the notes, that makes the music. Because of the subtle effects upon your consciousness, you may not remember listening to it all at once. You may just awaken to find yourself listening to it for the first time… A deeper understanding of the sense of our education”

Current Value – A New Life (L/B Recordings, 2009)

“We commit these bodies to the void. With a glad heart, for within each seed, there is the promise of a flower. And within each death, no matter how small, there’s always a new life, a new beginning. Amen!”

Current Value – Crusader (Barcode Recordings, 2012)

“For thousands of years the Holy Lands of the Middle East have run with blood. Here the scars of battle fought between three of the great religions of the world are etched into the earth. But the deepest wound was made by a war between Christian and Muslim. Begun at the close of the 11th century and fought for 200 years. This was the Crusades”

DJ Hidden

DJ Hidden has tons of voice samples, you could notice them in almost every track. This artist basically seeks for mysterious, intriguing lines, which are integrated into his music incredibly well. For instance, Chosen and Instinct feature quotes from such TV series as Penny Dreadful and Dexter, whilst Highways contains an excerpt from the audiobook Book Of Blood. As for videogames, Noel once used the radio interference sounds from Silent Hill – this game’s sound design stands on its own. There a few exceptions, though. Sandwaves, for example, features vocals from a country song, while Speed Bump has a snippet from a documentary about beatboxing (however, it could be the job of DJ Hidden’s partner – Eye-D, who is known for his love for hip-hop).

DJ Hidden – Chosen (PRSPCT Recordings, 2015)

“There are, um, tremors around us. Like the vibrations of a note of music. Hidden music. Some might be more attuned to them than others. What do those people do?.. Those who have been chosen”

DJ Hidden – Sandwaves (Flatline Ltd, 2008)

“If sand waves were sound waves what song would be in the air now?”

DJ Hidden – Radio Silence (Fear Records, 2006)

Eye-D & DJ Hidden – Instinct (PRSPCT Recordings, 2011)

“We are born primal. Conceived with the impulse to fight for what we desire. It’s written in our genes. It’s engraved in our souls. We’ve lost touch with what we are. We’ve lost touch with our instincts. We have fallen from nature’s grace. Take it! The power of risk! Take it! The power of desire! Take it! The power of instinct! It’s time to tap into your primal selves and seize the power of instinct. We shall be delivered!”

Eye-D & DJ Hidden – Speed Bump (PRSPCT Recordings, 2011)

“I can make it sound fast, I can make it sound slow, I can make it sound any way I want it to… I can do it in a whole lot of different ways… And I just do what I feel with it”

Eye-D & DJ Hidden – Highways (PRSPCT Recordings, 2011)

“The dead have highways, running through the wasteland behind our lives. Bearing an endless traffic of departed souls. They can be heard in the broken places of our world through cracks made out of cruelty, violence, and depravity. They have sign posts, these highways, and crossroads and intersections. And it is at these intersections where the dead mingle and sometimes spill over into our world”

Sinister Souls

Sinister Souls also use voice samples quite oten, and a couple of them was taken from videogames like BioShock and Castlevania. The duo’s tracks are also marked by film characters from Alien and Terminator 2, whose interesting lines pop up in tracks Perfect Organism and Genocide.

Sinister Souls, Gein & Bratkilla – Parasite Bandit (PRSPCT Recordings, 2012)

“Vandalism is a serious crime. Remember, vandals are parasites!… Bandits”

Sinister Souls & C-Netik – Dracula (PRSPCT Recordings, 2015)

“What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets. You don’t belong in this world. Enough talk, have at you! Dracula!”

Sinister Souls & The Outside Agency – Perfect Organism (PRSPCT Recordings, 2012)

“Bring back life form, priority one. All other priorities rescinded. I repeat, all other priorities are rescinded… You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? A survivor… unclouded by conscience, remorse. Perfect organism”

Lucy Furr & Sinister Souls – Genocide (PRSPCT Recordings, 2014)

“It’s not every day that you find out you’re responsible for three billion deaths… Genocide”

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