Middle Name Dance Tracks Vol 1 (2018)
by Sampology, Megan Christensen & Sam Stosuur
Middle Name Dance Tracks Vol 1 is the second release from Sampology’s new imprint. The Middle Name Dance Tracks project reflects standout live & club nights in Brisbane of recent years, where there has seen a steady cross pollination between the club and soul/jazz communities. The blurred line between these two musical worlds has delivered an array of diverse and joyful events for both artists and avid music fans.
"Great live vibes and arrangements on these collaborations Sam, always appreciate the attention to detail on your tracks. “Bless” is a jam! ”
'Fantastic release, sampology continues to wow me with his depth and talent . It’s a yes from me for these Brisbane collabs!!!'
This project is a collaborative creative effort between Sampology, Megan Christensen and Sam Stosuur. The recording process was live in nature with Megan on piano and keys, Sam Stosuur on bass/bass synth and Sampology on MPC drums and programming. Having live conga & timbale from Brisbane based Latin percussion staple Gus Cereiji glues the groove together. These sonic choices were inspired by listening to NYC early 80s disco labels, especially Prelude 12" releases, which balanced drum machine & synths as well as live studio musicians. Vocals on 'Only Joy' were recorded by Kerry Raywood. Vocals for 'Bless' come from Brisbane jazz vocalist Merinda Dias-Jayasinha. The combination of the Middle Name Dance Tracks trio and the additional Brisbane artists offers a specific music palette that’s live in essence, dancefloor in orientation, and magical in delivery.
Middle Name Records Dance Tracks Vol 1. artwork was created by artist Sue Poggioli, Sampology’s mother who also created the artwork for the 2016 Natural Selections EP.
Middle Name Dance Tracks Vol 2 (2020)
Middle Name Dance Band is a three-piece collaboration between Sampology, Megan Christensen & Sam Stosuur on MPC, Keys & Bass. Originally intended as a one-off EP project, the success of both Middle Name Dance Tracks Vol. 1 and the trio’s first live show saw further show requests plus national touring throughout 2019. Summer 2020, Middle Name Dance Band have so far performed at Laneway & Yonder Festivals.
Vol. 2 broadens the dance tempos and grooves from Brazilian & House to mid-tempo Boogie & Slow Jam, as heard on 'Weekend Love Chant' which received play from Gilles Peterson on BBC 6, & was listed on PBS's Mike Gurrieri's top Australian tracks of the year.
released April 17, 2020
Middle Name Dance Band are; Sampology, Megan Christensen & Sam Stosuur
Trumpet - Tristan Rogers
Vibraphone - Kym Ambrose
Vocals - Merinda Dias-Jayasinha & Roman Albert
Percussion - Gus Cereijo & Jason Bell
Produced & Mixed - Sampology
Mastered + Lacquer Cut - Frank @ The Carvery, London.
Mt Glorious EP (2018)
Mt Glorious EP
This 6 track 'Mt Glorious' EP evokes all the colors and textures reminiscent of sample heavy music but instead uses a complete pallet of original sounds recorded in Sampology's home town of Brisbane. The title track Mt Glorious references a lush nation rainforest in the hinterland just outside of the city, representing a strong continuation of themes found in his last full project Natural Selections.
Highlights of the Mt Glorious EP include ex-Brisbane resident now Ninja Tune signed (and fellow Soul Has No Tempo allumni) Jordan Rakei as well as Stones Throw releasing partners Georgia Ann Muldrow and Dudley Perkins. The most exciting challenge for a producer is to create non vocal tracks that function and excite as fully fledged dynamic songs. The Mt Glorious EP delivers this in abundance with a number of instrumental songs to both dance to and immerse yourself in your headphones to.
listen here: https://AWAL.lnk.to/sampologyep
buy vinyl here: https://sampology.bandcamp.com/
All songs produced, recorded, arranged & mixed by Sampology
Natural Selections EP (2016)
"The relentlessly innovative Brisbane native releases his best and most personal work to-date. As a torchbearer for collaborative inspiration, Sampology’s passion for extracting and supporting emerging talent from the depths of Brisbane’s evolving Soul/Electronic scene shines with Natural Selections, with collaboration being the pinnacle of the EP.
Exposing a previously untapped side of his vast musical sphere, Natural Selections is an exquisite 6-track EP that delves into Sampology’s afro-percussive and organic influences which he has masterfully produced and laced with lush, live elements throughout. The producer is at the core of the live instrumentation on Natural Selections, playing keys, Kalimba, live percussion, Rhodes and drum programming – a highlight being the engagement of renowned composer and conductor, Gordon Hamilton, arranging strings on lead single "Thicker Than Water".
Sampology has called on a number of Brisbane artists/friends that represent a new wave in soulful electronic music to lend their talents, with the producers own family also collaborating on the music and art. Featuring artists like Hiatus Kaiyote cover artist Laneous, NZ-born/Berlin-based (via Brisbane) artist Noah Slee as well as his own family laying the building blocks of Natural Selections. His father Ken Poggioli playing upright bass, his aunt Helen Poggioli playing viola and his mother Sue Poggioli creating the artwork and visuals that will feature throughout his new live show, it is a true labour of love."
"Birds Of A Feather" Mixtape (2016)
1. Spinning Vision
2. Collard Greens ft Jordan Rakei
3. Heavens Above
4. Sam II Sam
5. Mystical Night
6. Nina (My Heart Is Breaking) ft Gordan Hamilton
7. Gotta Be Free
8. Water ft Tiana Khasi
9. Footstomp ft Laneous
10. Sunshine All Night
11. Always Be
12. Dreamers ft Ultrafantastics
13. Jazz Cigarettes
14. It’ll All Be Over