TUNE My Panda Shall Fly - Miscellaneous Theme
Hypnotic left-field electronica built from samples taken from the Boosey & Hawkes and Cavendish library music archives...
In Spring 2014, WhoSampled took a group of renowned UK diggers, producers and
beatmakers to the vinyl archives of famed library music specialists Imagem, in which
resides a complete collection of the highly collectable releases of the Boosey & Hawkes
and Cavendish music libraries. Their mission: to excavate rare sample material from
which new compositions could be created.
The recordings unearthed at the archive session were made available to 20 up-andcoming
producers at 'Samplethon', a unique 'Hackathon for Music Producers', at which
those producers competed against the clock to create new music based on the archive
material. This 2NX release showcases the winning entries produced at the event
alongside tracks from the artists who made up the event's panel of judges and mentors,
among them Mark Rae, Mr Thing, Soundsci, Chris Read and My Panda Shall Fly.
Available as both a 10” vinyl EP and digital LP (containing additional tracks), the vinyl
release focuses on the more hip-hop orientated tracks from this varied collection.
Artists featured include Soundsci (a group which counts among its members Ninja Tune
signings Jonny Cuba and The Herbaliser's Ollie Teeba) and BBE’s Chris Read who joins
forces with famed Philadelphia record digging aficionado Soulman, recording under his
'Phill Most Chill' moniker. Both deliver brooding vocal tracks, the latter aptly
juxtaposing a 70s TV crime series flavoured beat with reflections on America’s current
Instrumental tracks come from a pair of UK hip hop legends in the form of former World
DMC Champion DJ Mr Thing and seasoned producer Mark Rae (Rae & Christian / Grand
Central). Each deliver classic head nod feel alongside infectious instrumental outings
from Samplethon winners Danny Drive Thru, Illiterate and Sleepless.
The digital release features a further 4 tracks not available on the vinyl release
including a Rhodesy instrumental hip hop cut from Chris Read, intricate sample flips
from Boean and two futuristic interpretations from Soundway and Project Mooncircle’s
My Panda Shall Fly, and newcomer Innovance.
About the Imagem Catalogue
The original catalogues date back as far as the 1930s, comprising of well-over 1000
titles. However, with none of these records released commercially, very little of the
music has been heard outside of the radio and TV broadcasts of the day, save for a few
enduring TV themes (Ski Sunday continues to this day), and the occasional crate-digging
discovery. Hence, this is an album for the vinyl connoisseur; a contemporary take on
this revered catalogue, much loved by collectors, diggers, library music enthusiasts and
The catalog has been sampled by Roots Manuva, Lewis Parker and Mark B & Blade
amongst others. The Cavendish Music library continues to thrive as part of Imagem
Production Music, with a world leading trailer music catalog and new music from the
likes of dubstep pioneer Mala, London to Brighton composer Laura Rossi, techno genius
Si Begg and members of Bonobo, Part Time Heroes and Zero 7.
WhoSampled is an online music experience based on the ethos of "Exploring the DNA of
Music". It is the world's leading resource for sample based music, cover versions and
remixes. Via projects such as Samplethon and this resulting release, WhoSampled
encourages open and supportive attitudes toward sample based music, inviting
sampling producers and catalogue rightholders to work together collaboratively to
create new value out of existing catalogues.
www.whosampled.com/samplethon // www.2nxmusic.com
Arun Sethi (2NX/Imagem): firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Read (WhoSampled): email@example.com