The rise of hip hop culture inspired a fervent record collecting boom, one prompted by a new interest in repurposing sounds in live turntabling. Disco, a cultural force as hip-hop developed, was an early favourite, eventually giving way to the funk, soul and jazz palette of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.
Independent record labels soon entered the fray, issuing unofficial compilations of popular breakbeats to capitalise on demand. This helped enshrine particular samples as hip hop essentials, elevating artists such as James Brown, Lyn Collins and The Winstons to the forefront of an evolving genre.
In this series, we’re looking at the compilations that helped proliferate these sampling standards whilst simultaneously shaping their consumption and mythology.