Courtship Dating vs. Ayo Technology
by Winston "Stone" Ford
I’m so late to this, so excuse me.
But anyway, I asked a friend to suggest some new music for me to pursue (that was completely outside the box) for my 9 hour drive down to South Carolina next week. He suggested I check Crystal Castles, a techno outfit from Toronto. So, I went to their MySpace page and the track that played first was “Courtship Dating.” From the first 5 seconds, I was like…..hmm….this sounds familiar.
Doesn’t this sound Timbaland/50’s Ayo Technology?
A quick Google search revealed the opposite. Apparently, Timbaland sampled the Crystal Castles song which was originally done in 2006 for the 50 beat which dropped in 2007. There are also Internet rumors that Timbo had to settle out of court for the whole thing. And course all these little scenster kids who know nothing about sampling are all up in Timbo’s grill about it.
Of course, on the Wikipedia page for Ayo Technology, gives Timbo more benefit of the doubt, but not much:
The intro and lead synth were created with the Elektron SidStation, an 8-bit sound synthesizer. Because of this, it is remarkably similar sounding to Crystal Castles’ “Courtship Dating” from their self-titled album, released the following year. Despite the album not being out until nearly a year after the public debut of “Ayo Technology,” there was still controversy over the alleged “sampling” of this song on “Ayo Technology” perhaps because of the negative reputation Timbaland has garnered recently over sampling 8-bit musicians uncredited and with an attitude of entitlement and defiance. Until someone who actually owns the album Crystal Castles reads the liner notes and edits this page with reliable information on whether the band sampled “Ayo Technology” or if they merely are using the same electronic instruments as Timbaland, this issue will remain unresolved and contentious.
Damn, so even Wikipedia doesn’t even know. (And isn’t the whole “until someone edits this page” thing breaking the fourth wall or something?) I did find this video of the track without the infamous sample that may add fuel to the fire.
So who knows what’s up. Personally, I think both versions are pretty dope, and I’m surprised no one has created a mashup of the two. As for Crystal Castles, most of the tracks I heard so far suck to me. Some of their more mellow stuff is nice, but the rest sounds like a crackhead screaming over an Atari 3000. Not my thing.
(If this was resolved months ago, let me know in the comments.)
Full video for Courtship Dating and Ayo technology below: