Buscrates 16-Bit Ensemble and Sam Champ came up together in Pittsburgh, PA, digging through the jazz and soul sections in the legendary Jerry's Records and then running home to sample and chop up their purchases in an effort to impress one another. This friendly competition continued after Sam relocated to Brooklyn in 2001. Buscrates now plays keys for boogie-funk group East Liberty Quarters (ELQ), regularly DJs in Pittsburgh, produced remixes for artists like Marc Mac, and is featured on the latest Bastard Jazz release, Tempo Dreams Volume 1. Sam has held down various DJ residencies in New York City, released a massively popular D'Angelo Live mixtape in conjunction with Okayplayer, and produced an unofficial remix album featuring D'Angelo (again), Erykah Badu, Usher, and others.
Buscrates and Sam formed Extra Medium to debut Rediscovered, a full-length album based on samples from a single jazz record. The tracks were compiled over the course of several years. The duo just recently enlisted some of their favorite vocalists to contribute to the project.