‘Since I Left You’ by The Avalanches (TMR 35)

Behold undeniable proof that sampling is indeed an art

J.P. Williams
2 min readApr 27, 2023
Photo by Mr Cup / Fabien Barral on Unsplash.

In 2000, The Avalanches did for music what William Dreyer did in 1929 by inventing rocky road ice cream: They mixed disparate great stuff into harmonious perfection.¹ Since I Left You, the Australian group’s debut on Modular Recordings, showcases an encyclopedic love of music through reems of samples reaching back half a century. WhoSampled.com lists the following and many more: Dexter Wansel, Tony Mottola, The Duprees, Marlena Shaw, Nancy Wilson, Fela Kuti, Sesame Street, The Main Attraction, Paperclip People. Then there are bits of movies: The Conquest of Everest, Club Med, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. And sound effects: applause, cuckoo clocks, a metronome, the crackle of vinyl records. The resulting blend is seamless, body-moving and sometimes humorous — a mega-sized helping of sampledelia.

[1] According to Mental Floss, the story is more complicated.

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