There’s something quite special when you spot a sample… This morning I was listening to a podcast of the previous night’s Iain Lee show on Talk Radio where he was reminiscing about the brilliant 80’s magazine ’The Unexplained’.

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Being a similar age to Iain, I too was a big fan of the magazine and it is always the images of spontaneous human combustion that will forever come to my mind whenever the magazine pops up in conversation.

Iain’s particular focus on his show was the free flexi disc that came with the first issue – Breakthrough: An Amazing Experiment In Electronic Communication With The Dead, recorded by Konstantin Raudive & Michael Smythe.

This disc played examples of electronic voice phenomena (EVP), which are sounds found on electronic recordings that are interpreted as spirit voices that have been either unintentionally recorded or intentionally requested and recorded.

Iain played side one of the disc and I recognised the voice of the woman immediately… a quick search when I got into work allowed me to listen to the other side of the record and BOOM there is was at 1:16 in… the vocal sample from 3rd Bass ‘Triple Stage Darkness’… “You are sleeping, you do not want to believe”.


Being a big fan of hip hop through the 80’s I rarely listened to anything else… so I was completely unaware that their sample was ACTUALLY taken from the The Smiths tune ‘Rubber Ring’ (it appears right at the end).


Always good to connect the dots!