Friday, March 14, 2008

Shame on you, Timbaland

So apparently this is sort of old news, but the Douchipster and I were listening to Crystal Castles the other night, and he played me "Courtship Dating", a tune I hadn't heard before. It sounded remarkably similar to 50 cent's "Ayo Technology", which dropped way back in the summer. I remember when that song came out that I was on a pretty strong anti-curtis kick, but I really enjoyed the synth on it. Well, now I know why.

The rumor that seemed to pop up most was that Timbaland had someone jack a sample from crystal castles through a concert soundboard. Not sure if that sounds 100% credible, but Crystal Castles have been playing this song live for far longer than the 50 cent tune has been on the airwaves. I'm all about sampling, don't get me wrong, but uncredited beat-jacking is something completely different. Shame on you, Mr. Mosley.

Here we see him listening to Beirut Demos, looking for his next hook

"Ayo Technology" feat. Justin Timberlake by 50 Cent (produced by Timbaland)
"Courtship Dating" by Crystal Castles
"Venice" by Beirut

Although I've mentiored Beirut here more than a few times, I haven't discussed that particular song. It's a pretty mellow, electro psychedelic jam.

On a sort of barely related note, I've been listening to "Rock With U" from Janet Jackson's latest album, Discipline, and it's really not bad (everything else I've heard is). My only question is this; why would you release a song called "Rock with U"? Your brother's similarly titled jam may be one of my all time favorite dancing songs, but that doesn't justify re-using the name. That issue aside, the song has a fun arpeggiator melody and well placed vocoder vocals, pretty much everything I look for in electronic music.

"Rock with You" by Michael Jackson (youtube)


Anonymous said...

timbaland should be shot. but crystal castles arent saints either. they stole their logo from chanel. and stole their tshirt design from trevor brown

green hornet said...

i kinda saw the chanel logo being more of a tongue in cheek nod to chanel, not so much as thievery. The trevor brown thing... yeaaah, kind of uncool on their part, but there's still a big difference between their ep and Timbaland selling someone elses beat and making hundreds of thousands of dollars

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Andrew TSKS said...

"The trevor brown thing... yeaaah, kind of uncool on their part, but there's still a big difference between their ep and Timbaland selling someone elses beat and making hundreds of thousands of dollars"

For Timbaland, this was asshole behavior. If it's true, which... who knows? But for Crystal Castles, it's karma. They deserve to have this happen 10 more times at least.

bandito said...

CC are scum;
check out the latest debacle regarding THEIR musical thievery; Timbaland couldn't have chose a more deserving bunch of "artists" to knick off of.

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