The late 1980s and early ’90s saw the dawn of a new day as sampling was at a high point with hip-hop’s golden era. Following in the footsteps of Double Dee & Steinski, Prince Paul, and the Dust Brothers, DJ Shadow would push the boundaries of sampling with his early Mo’ Wax releases. His first full-length album, Endtroducing…, further shined a light on the art form, as the album exploded through popular culture and put the reluctant star in the spotlight.
Producer/composer David Axelrod landed a dream job at Capitol Records in 1964, immediately working with jazz legend Cannonball Adderley and lifting soul singer Lou Rawls to great heights.
Gifted songwriter, bassist, and producer Leon Sylvers III led his siblings’ group the Sylvers from their teenaged harmony-tinged sweet-soul beginnings to mainstream disco heights; DJ Krush embarked on a journey with British label Mo’ Wax that found the turntablist/producer using hip-hop’s breakbeat foundation while pioneering a new genre of abstract instrumentals; Sly and the Family Stone trumpeter Cynthia Robinson became lovers with Sly, giving birth to their daughter, Sylvyette “Phunne” Stone, who helped carry the torch with the Family Stone into the next century; Australian plunderers The Avalanches release their first record in sixteen years; adventures of a reggae messenger with Danny Holloway.