Jamie xx accused of not clearing use of Persuasions sample on ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’

The producer features a sample of the band on the 'In Colour' track

Jamie xx has been accused of not getting clearance on a sample that features on his debut solo album, ‘In Colour’.

The track ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’ – a collaboration with Young Thug and Popcaan – features a sample of New York a cappella group The Persuasions and their 1972 single ‘Good Times’. The band have now claimed that they were never approached by the producer to use the song on his record.

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Bassist Jimmy Hayes told Billboard: “A friend of mine said that he had heard it some place. He said, ‘I just heard this song, he was sampling your song.’ I said, ‘Sampling what song?’ He said, ‘When I heard it, I said oh, wow, that’s the Persuasions! That’s Mr. Jimmy!'”

A representative for Jamie xx refuted Hayes’ claims, saying that the group had been contacted for permission. Hayes said that a representative for the producer had been in touch with one of the group’s other members “a few years ago” regarding sampling their music but had not been in touch recently.

Despite his claims, Hayes said he likes “the idea of the younger artists going back in time and dealing with what they call ‘old-school’. It doesn’t bother me that they wanted to sample, but the thing is we have to sit down with management and make sure that everything is recognized and on the up-and-up.

“I don’t want to think that these people just went on their own to sample our music without any notification to us,” he said, adding that he’d be open to performing his part in the song live with Jamie xx.