Compare & Contrast: The Weeknd Vs Portishead

24 Jul

Now if you’re going to take a sample from someone else’s track, even though they’ve not given you permission to use it, then you better really do something REALLY FUCKING GOOD WITH THAT SAMPLE.



Posted by on July 24, 2013 in music, Video


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4 responses to “Compare & Contrast: The Weeknd Vs Portishead

  1. forestpunk

    July 24, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Yeah, that’s pretty much the same song. He basically just stole the beat though, it sounds, that’s like saying that anyone who’s ever sampled the AMEN break is ripping off the Winstons (which of course they are), but in this age of slice and dice, it seems like once it’s out there, it’s going to be appropriated. ‘Course it just goes to show that The Weeknd is getting big time, cuz mostly no one will ever notice that shit. I’ve heard labels or lawyers won’t do anything at all about sampling unless someone sells more than 100,000 copies, and even people like Ras G and Madvillain don’t get bothered, as they’re just not popular enough.

    I’d heard a little bit about this, but happened heard both tracks back to back. Thanks for putting ’em up!

    • bobcluness

      July 24, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      What’s so funny is that Geoff Barrow went on twitter to say that instead of them just nicking it (in the manner of countless Hip-hop/rave/garage tunes) The Weeknd’s people came to Portishead asking for permission, but they declined, and they used it anyway.

      This lead to a lot of tweets from loads of Weeknd fans along the lines of “U SHUD BE GREATFUL THE WEEKND IS USING YOUR SONG. NO1 HAS HEARD OF PORTISHEAD TILL HE USED IT!”

      Of course, he’s an unknown… headlining the biggest festival in Europe and doing the aesthetic so much better as well…

      • forestpunk

        July 24, 2013 at 11:51 pm

        portishead have basically become famous for being curmudgeonly. I think its hilarious, and they’re totally fucking awesome, so they can act however they like. A bit behind the times, however.
        Have you listened to the Beak>> project at all yet?
        I love both of these bands, to be honest, so i think its hilarious when they bicker.

  2. bobcluness

    July 25, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Ha! i have > and >>. both fine albums!

    i also put you in the direction of “DROKK”,” an album Geoff did with composer Ben Salisbury that used a few old battered synths to create an imaginary soundtrack for the Mega City One of 2000 AD’s Judge Dredd…


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