In light of Beyonce’s birthday earlier this month, we thought it beyond perfect that this edition of Bootie Samples center around the Queen B’s beginnings as a part of the trio Destiny’s Child. Formed in the early nineties, Destiny’s Child was the voice for women everywhere with lyrics that preached of independence set to ridiculously catchy pop and R&B productions.
While the the amount of reproductions that honor this iconic group is almost infinite, we highlight our favorite bootlegs, edits, and remixes that have been released in the last five years.
1. Destiny’s Child – Say My Name
It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than 15 years since Destiny’s Child released their Grammy-winning hit Say My Name. In that time the timeless classic has enjoyed countless covers and bootlegs (there is even a death metal cover of the song).
2015 | Future Bass | Destiny’s Child – Say My Name (Cosmo’s Midnight Bootleg) [Free Download]
Racking up over a million listens on SoundCloud, Cosmo’s Midnight bootleg of Destiny’s Child remains one of the duo’s biggest tunes after their AlunaGeorge remix made with Lido. It’s brimming with shimmering effects and an entirely re-imagined rhythm that keeps the main chorus as backdrop. They frequently change tempo and punctuate the vocals with broken synth beats for a result that keeps listeners guessing until the end. Grab your free copy of the bootleg here.
2013 | Indie / Trap | Ta-Ku – I Love Beyoncé (Original Mix)
Ta-Ku uses sped-up trap snares against innocently ringing chord progressions to lay the foundation for a few choice vocal phrases from Say My Name. To align with the title’s self-proclaimed love for Beyoncé, he repeats her vocal sections more frequently throughout his rendition. Check out Ta-Ku’s tunes here.
2012 | Electronica / House | Destiny’s Child – Say My Name (Cyril Hahn Remix)
Instantly brooding and slightly sinister, Cyril Hahn’s remix wastes no time in transforming the original into a lush number that anchors with Destiny Child’s heavily pitched vocals. A piercing drone keeps steady behind the central chorus and a contrastingly deep bassline to give the remix an added layer of suspense. Hear more from Cyril Hahn at his SoundCloud here.
2. Destiny’s Child – Bootylicious
If only we could have uncovered enough quality tunes to devote this entire Bootie Samples to Bootylicious…
2015 | Bass | Destiny’s Child – Bootylicious (DTWEEZER Edit)
Choosing to use mostly reverbed phrases from the original, DTWEEZER creates a completely original soundscape with the vocals sounding more like a separate instrument rather than voices at all. A swinging bassline is the central focus while an airy interlude completes the arrangement for a cohesive finish. Claim your free download here.
2010 | Funk / Disco | Destiny’s Child – Bootylicious (Freeform Five Reform)
Originally slated for release in 2001, this jazzy remix from Freeform Five remained unreleased until 2010. It is by far the funkiest version in this bunch with its low-slung bass guitar, trumpets, and saxophone notes that bounce along Destiny’s Child’s lyrics. Hear more from the London producer here.
3. Destiny’s Child – Independent Women, Pt. 1
2013 | Indie / Beats | Destiny’s Child – Independent Women (Glitter Boys Shiny Edit)
Denmark duo Glitter Boys’ first track, an edit of Destiny’s Child’s Independent Women, racked up an impressive 20k listens after the duo shared it on their SoundCloud in 2013. Opening with a lone electronic piano chord, the duo introduces snippets of Destiny’s Child’s lyrics to mesh with their slow-ebbing rhythm. When all the components come together, its a bonafide smooth jam. For more tunes from Glitter Boys, head to their SoundCloud here.
Destiny’s Child – Emotion (Original Mix)
2010 | UK Garage | Disclosure – Linstigator (Original Mix)
Even UK superduo Disclosure sampled Destiny’s Child at the very early stages of their career. The original was released in 2001, making Howard Lawrence (the youngest of the brothers) six at the time and just 15 when he and his brother created this track. Disclosure’s version samples imperceptible vocal clips that have also been paired with unrecognizable snippets from other tracks. At such a young age, you can already hear their budding style coming into full realization. Find more from Disclosure here.