The Sieben Greatest Kraftwerk Samples

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Kraftwerk fever might have ruffled many of you the prickly way, what with the Great Unobtainable Online Tickets Ruse blighting the band's series of eight chronological album-by-album shows at MoMA this week. But let's look on the bright side! Over the years the Dusseldorf dance merchants have churned out an exquisite sequence of moody electronic tracks, and done so in a manner that's influenced great chunks of the rap and electro scenes. Here's a look at seven fantastic samples from the vault of the 'Werk.

7. The Egyptian Lover, "Egypt, Egypt"

Samples: "Tour de France"
A west coast colleague of Ice-T from the Law & Order: SVU mainstay's electro days, Egyptian Lover crafted a series of early '80s jams that are still appreciated to this day—he toured with M.I.A. a few years back and has remixed Stones Throw oddball James Pants. The Lover's ode to his conceptual homeland, "Egypt Egypt," borrows liberally and slickly from Kraftwerk's francophile anthem. The Pharoah-styled headdress is strictly mandatory.

6. Chemical Brothers, "Leave Home"

Samples: "Ohm Sweet Ohm"
Anything a hip-hop type has sampled, so too have boisterous UK dance merchants the Chemical Brothers, and Kraftwerk's back catalogue is no different. This time it's the pun-tastic "Ohm Sweet Ohm" which gets the big beat treatment—although it's the Kraftwerk original, with its spooky robotic voice, that's guaranteed to tinker with the wits of small children if played late at night.

5. K.L.F., "What Time Is Love?"

Samples: "Home Computer"
One of a stream of samples that also includes nabs from MC5, Mantronix and Wanda Dee, dance music's least economically frugal mixed in the electronic vibraphone-esque ditty from "Home Computer" for their sampladelic '88 crossover hit. It's a shame they couldn't work in a Dr. Who reference for top pop-cultural anarchy kicks though.

4. Panda Bear, "Good Girl/Carrots"

Samples: "Ananas Symphonie"
In which one of the bods behind Animal Collective takes the ice-cream-truck-sounding tinkle from the opening section of Kraftwerk's "Ananas Symphonie" and weaves it into the latter part of a sprawling, near-13-minute (possible) ode to the healthful joys of getting your daily dose of beta carotene. The sampled refrain is also used to close out "Good Girl/Carrots," and does so with a gentle ease.

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3 comments
PL
PL

This listicle is a joke, and your number one "sample" points out the main problem -  a sample is decidedly not the same as an interpolation - the Kraftwerk "sample" in Planet Rock was PLAYED by keyboardist John Robie, not sampled.  This is kind of an important distinction.  Why not just called the article "The Sieben Greatest Songs Influenced By Kraftwerk"?  And "Blue Monday"?  C'mon.  Dubious at best...

BG
BG

how can you have a kraftwerk list without planet rock? elementary

Pants
Pants

That doesn't seem like a real problem.

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