The Weeknd Samples Portishead, Geoff Barrow Protests

"It's a load of bollox"
The Weeknd

Portishead lynchpin Geoff Barrow has reacted furiously after The Weeknd sampled their music without permission.

Sampling has always been a contentious issue. The legalities of the situation have been gently tightened up, leaving little grey area over the appropriate use of a sample.

The Weeknd unveiled the video for 'Belong To The World' yesterday, a track which borrows liberally from Portishead's 2008 track 'Machine Gun'.

Almost immediately, Geoff Barrow reacted on Twitter. The Bristol based artist wrote: "I think it’s a load of bollox. When someone asks to sample you and you refuse they should have the respect as a fellow artist to not use it."

Continuing, the producer said: "We usually give sample clearance to tunes we like. its got fuk all to do with money! As most of them are hiphop artist that are skint."

After a fan interceded suggesting that Geoff Barrow take the incident as a compliment, the Portishead artist said: "with compliments like that who needs insults?" (via FACT)

This one could run and run...

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