Thursday, 28 May 2015

ABU Podcast May 2015 - TONITE

It's the monthly ABU Podcast tonight and we've reached the heady heights of 50 shows.
To mark this occasion tonight's playlist consists of songs chosen by past and present members of the ABU Facebook Group.
Last summer I posted a thread in the group page asking everyone to name ONE track that epitomised hip hop music to them.
Of course just one track was too limited to some and many submissions were given.

This idea was inspired by a particular member - Raychelle.
She had had a great day posting some marvelous songs on the ABU Facebook group and I took a cue from this and made a post asking for song submissions.
I copied and pasted the results into a TextEdit file and stored them away.
When I was putting this show together (in April) I realised that this would make a good subject especially being the 50th show. Unfortunately time got the better of me and I found that I couldn't finish it in time, hence Waxer stepping up and providing his take on the ABU Takeover (which you can still hear over here).
The fact that the delay meant that the show is now going out at this time makes the whole thing even more poignant.

Please tune in tonight at 9pm and maybe raise a glass or two.

Also please take a moment to read this message from Waxer in respect of our Raychelle.

R.I.P. Voodoo Ray

Some of you may be aware of the awful news involving one of our crew.
Last Friday, many of us awoke to the knowledge that our own Raychelle 'Voodoo Ray' Keane had taken her own life.

This, as you can imagine, was an absolute shock and has hit our little community hard.
Raychelle was very much a regular on the Vinyl Injury Unit Crew Facebook page and would regularly post her favourite Youtube songs. The weekly Funky Fridays would always feature Ray's love of early Soul Weekender-type, 80s-groove tracks.

She was an outspoken individual with a love for her dogs, tats and tees and would send pictures to Facebook of these with a huge grin on her face.
This was when she was on an 'up'. Sadly, Ray had many 'down' moments and her Facebook statuses would be quite reflective of this.
She was a special person who would always try to help anyone out in any way she could. Unfortunately the one person she couldn't help in the end was herself.

To say she will be missed is a huge understatement. The love that has been shown for her over the last week is testament to this.

True ABU fam.

R.I.P. Raychelle 'Voodoo Ray' Keane.

Taken from the second ABU album, Electic Boogaloo.
Composed by Rob Storton and featuring the unforgettable Queen of the Vinyl Injury/ABU crew, Raychelle 'Voodoo Ray' Keane.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Some Of My Flyer Designs

I realised the other day that after a few years of working with Photoshop I've amassed a rather modest collection of designs for flyers/posters.
To help me get organised I've put a load of them up on Flickr.
There's stuff from the ABU Podcasts, the No Half Steppin' events, my guest spots on The Hip Hop Sessions as well as other bits and doodads I've found.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Crumplstock 2015

So last weekend was the grand DJ Internet Weekender, Crumplstock.
Consisting of two 'stages' this was a very unique listening experience where you could choose which artist/dj you wished to listen to via one mouse-click (do people use mouses, mice?).

Patti A
I was lucky enough to take part and supplied an hour mix. I was also happy to help out with Patti A and do a mix based on the music she requested for our ABU interview from a little while back.

Below are my efforts.

LL Cool J Documentary (2015)

Nice short documentary about LL Cool J's history with Def Jam with a few knowledgeable heads in attendance.

Check these videos out below as they are the full versions from Soul Train which are shown briefly in the doc.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Style Warrior - Caveman Tee

Hot on the heels of the last Style Wars-inspired tee, Style Warrior are back with a rather more British design.
This time the spotlight is on the UK group, CAVEMAN. The three-man crew from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire (around 30 miles north-west of the heart of London, non-UK fans!) who came out with some supremely-strong singles as well as the killer album, Positive Reaction on the Profile Records label in 1990.

As always it's a pre-ordering process to get your mitts on one so you need to order first. If enough orders are made then the shirts get done, it's as simple as that.

For your top-quality tee go right now to the Style Warrior website and place your order.

Also, excuse me, can I have your attention but have you bought the altogether splendiforous Tough Crowd 7", the second release on Style Warrior Records? Don't be a scratty, manner-less turd, buy it!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Bronx '79 Trailer

Oh motherflippin' yes!

"Bronx 79 will provide the definitive history of the birth of hip-hop culture – the largest and most impactful youth movement of the past 40 years. Employing first-person interviews of the people that were there at the beginning, original footage and photographs of that era, and unique recreations through stylized animation and live-action we will finally see the untold story of the pioneers, the fans and the world of the South Bronx in 1979."

Flashformer For Sale On Ebay

Do you know what a Flashformer is?

It is an electrical device that when hooked up to your mixer and turntables allows you to perform seamless transformer scratches by simply pressing a couple of buttons.
Also it was created and designed by Grandmaster Flash.

I bought one back in hmmmmm, 1988? 1989? I thought it was a bit clunky personally and I seem to remember that the whole sound level dipped whenever you tried to transform. Maybe I didn't hook it up correctly.
Nevertheless I soon moved onto a Citronic mix shortly afterwards which included 'Punch' buttons on either side of the x-fader. This was a lot easier and I loved it. Annoyingly though it made me rely too much on the buttons and I pretty much left the x-fader alone for scratching not good for my important, formative scratch years.
I also remember pouring a tonne of WD-40 into that mixer as well to keep the faders smooth.Then one day I tipped the mixer on it's front to fiddle about with the cables and a load of gunky liquid began to start coming out of the front. Ahh, happy days.

Anyway, if you'd still like your own Flashformer then there's one available on (UK) Ebay now the next four days or so with an odd starting bid of £92. Just click here.

The Seller ("flashlite23") also has a great-looking copy of Joe Conzo/Buddy Esquire's BORN IN THE BRONX book (unopened) for sale. Sadly, it's a little out of my price range. However if anyone else has one then I'll gladly swap my own Flashformer for one, haha.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Ageing B Boys Unite! Takeover show - April 2015

Waxer takes over the ABU show that takes over the Disco Scratch show! 
2 hours of old records, soundbites from the past, opinion & chat to a Hip Hop soundtrack...
Big, big, big respect to my man Waxer for taking my baby and corrupting it into this parallel universe version of the usual ABU show.
It was quite strange to be tuning into the show and not having any control over the content nor not knowing what to expect. But all worries were soon lost after the first few seconds while Waxer reached back into the days of yore and stole samples from previous shows, music beds, drops and just about whatever else he could get his creatively-criminal hands on.

Where else would you ever find a takeover show of a takeover show?
Disco Scratch. That's where.

Keep it dusty.


(Direct source here)

Chrome & Illinspired - All Days (Official Video)

Here's the brand-new promo video from one of the best acts in the UK hip hop scene right now.
Taken from their recent All C N I album (still available to download) this will be their next single release on B-Line Recordings.
Featuring some of the best digging spots in the pair's hometown of Norwich and again produced by the great AboveGroundMedia this is a nicely-shot video capturing the lads doing what they feel their most relaxed at - digging in the crates for that elusive gem or undiscovered break.

Chrome & Illinspired can be found each third Saturday of the month @No Half Steppin' (along with DJ Just-1, myself and special guests).
Chrome also does '45 Fridays' every month (with Just-1) playing -as the title suggests - nothing but 45s.
Most hard-working? Definitely.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Disclaimer - Important!

The links to MP3 files provided in these posts are to be used for previewing only. AGEING B-BOYS UNITE ™ does not keep the files here, this Blog is merely a gateway, an Information Desk if you will, to point you in the right direction. Once downloaded, all files should be destroyed within 7 days.