Wednesday, 26 August 2015

TONITE! - The ABU! Podcast - August 2015 #53

Thursday (27th) evening at 9pm it's the Ageing B-Boys Unite!​ Show. The bestest of all the old school hip hop radio shows that broadcast out of Norfolk on a Thursday between 9 and 11pm. Fact.

Expect classic hip hop, funk breaks, film scores, an Electro mix, Birthday Shouts, Funk Trunk and general weirdness all brewed in the ABU cauldron.

For one time only, listen in:
For the full experience visit the chatroom as well which is:

See you there!

L'il Reepz

Friday, 21 August 2015

The Story Behind The NWA & The Posse Album Cover

The Story Behind N.W.A.'s First Record Cover from Oliver Wang on Vimeo.

Here's some interesting trivia if you're into the history of iconic record covers - and who amongst us isn't?
The classic 'NWA And The Posse' record cover photo that was used twice; once for the Panic Zone 12" and also for the album is the subject of this short video that looks at how, why and when it all came about. Some interesting trivia to be found if you're into that sort of thing.
One thing it doesn't mention is just WHO is the one white guy in the photo. I've always wondered.

(Thanks to Roosevelt for finding this one. Although actually I'm not 100% if it was him. But then he does tend to find some great videos and articles for us usually so he gets props, justified or not.)

And you know that ABU likes to get nerdy...

First let's have some context. Where exactly is Santa Monica Blvd in relation to California?
Compton's in the house!

Aerial satellite view above of Santa Monica Boulevard; the home of the NWA cover shot, that Sheryl Crow song and if I recall correctly, Hugh Grant's favourite illicit, interracial fun spot.,-118.3253694/34.0904493,-118.3251487/@34.0904486,-118.3252453,83m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e2

A close-up of the actual area, 6222 Santa Monica Blvd.

Through the iron gates and towards the far wall.
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Here's a zoom. It's the wall to the left next to that dumpster that was once the famous graffiti-covered backdrop.
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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Renegades Of Rhythm Video Footage

 Remember, this was hip hop before hip hop became hip hop, if you see what I mean.

All heads will want to see this!

If you didn't have a chance to catch DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist on their recent RENEGADES OF RHYTHM world tour then this video is probably the next best thing.

Utilising only records that were in Afrika Bambaataa's crates ("these are the copies that were played in The Bronx in 1975, in 1976, 1977....... these are those copies that set the whole culture off") for his legendary block parties, the two world-renowned DJs make a completely cohesive and interesting set which spans many genres - the first half is made up of funk, soca, salsa and world music all mixed and scratched to perfection.
The remainder of the concert delves into more familiar territory and after some reggae comes the classic Trans-Europe Express. The song that Cut Chemist blends with this is incredible and works a dream.
The pair play a fine selection of 80s NYC electro and hip hop cuts including a certain instrumental that Mike Allen heads will appreciate.
At one point a circle in the crowd is made with b-boys dancing to It's Just Begun and a multitude of breaks.

Look at the bigger picture and repeat that last sentence.
At one point a circle in the crowd is made with b-boys dancing to It's Just Begun. The ACTUAL records that Bambaataa played to crowds in the Seventies which were to become the building blocks of the music of hip hop culture were now being utilised again some forty years later and b-boys were dancing to them just as they would have in a block party in 1977.
Just phenomenal stuff.

Considering that the concert is mainly just two guys playing records to a crowd, in other hands this might be contrived and possibly more than a little boring but Shadow and CC have a large video screen behind them showing fantastic visuals of old school artifacts, graffiti, record covers and iconic figures.
Add to this the chemistry between the pair and the faultless performance given then this whole concert is quite simply the perfect honour to bestow upon hip hop's own Master Of Records.
Utilizing vinyl borrowed exclusively from Afrika Bambaataa's historic and genre-defining record collection, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist's acclaimed Renegades Of Rhythm set touches down in Oakland, California in this professionally-documented film experience. You're there in the audience as the two DJ's unravel the evolution of Hip-Hop music and culture, using the same artifacts that helped create it. "Not just any records- the MASTER OF RECORDS' records."


Direct source here

Thursday, 6 August 2015

NYC, 1984 by New York, New York

REENO with the hardware
Here's a slice of Nu-electro.... sorry, I abhor that term.
I'll begin again.
Here's a slice of authentic electro-funk made in 2015 that could easily have been created back in 1984.
Produced on original hardware which certainly helps to capture that era, New York, New York aka REENO has made a great tribute to the early 80s sound of the Big Apple.
Check it out here:

And then rush as quickly as your fingers can take you to where you can purchase a high-quality download of the track for only a measly $1.

Who is Reeno?

Thursday, 30 July 2015

TONITE! - The ABU! Podcast - July 2015 #52 1992 Special

It's the last Thursday of the month already and that means it's the ABU! Podcast tonight at 9pm.
This month we take a stroll down 1992.....

Listen in at from 9-11pm (GMT)

Sunday, 19 July 2015

UK Fresh 86

Did you know that today is exactly 29 years to the day since arguably the UK's biggest 80s hip hop festival took place?
Saturday July 19th 1986 was the date, Wembley Arena was the venue.
Playing live over two separate shows - one in the afternoon, the other in the evening were the following acts:


Word Of Mouth MCs


More punters
Aleem and Leroy Burgess


Captain Rock
The Furious 5

Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde

DJ Cheese

Dre & The World Class Wreckin Kru

Lovebug Starski


Mona Lisa with The World Class Wreckin Kru

Bambaata & Soulsonic

The crowd

Another crowd shot

Cheese signing autographs

Seating only

UK B-boys in '86

GM Flash

The Furious 5

Mantronik & Mike Allen

Mike looking sharp

Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde

I will always regret in never having gone as in retrospect this concert seems to be the greatest hip hop event that ever took place in the UK. However I have a tape-rip of most of the acts and many pictures of the day after scouring the 'net.
If I recall correctly I think I was doing my school Work Experience at the time of this in Sainsbury's in deepest, darkest Camberley, Surrey. I remember being in the warehouse out the back and listening to a Mike Allen show on my Walkman as a way of compensating.

As it's the 30 years anniversary next year wouldn't it be great if there was an event to mark the occasion? Street Sounds I'm sure are probably already aware. At least I'd hope they were. 

For more info on UK Fresh 86 go to Simmo's excellent Mike Allen website here.
And also please check this great recent post from the man, Waxer.

Also, whilst flicking through an old issue of Grand Slam Magazine I came across this ad for UK Fresh '03. Does anyone even remember this? I'm pretty sure it never actually took place.....anyone?

All photos are copyright A McGuire, Olaf & Simmo.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Disco Scratch - Polystylism

Recently on DISCO SCRATCH RADIO Thursdays you may have realised that there have been some new additions.
As well as the regular weekly shows from Waxer and the monthly ABU! Podcast there are a couple of fresh shows airing monthly; Polystylism and Digging 4 Victory.

Polystylism is a 60-minute personal music show from DS host, Waxer. It delves into his psyche and peels back this complicated individual's musical loves that are outside the characteristic hip hop and goes way deeper.
The latest show (#4) looked at a style of music called Synthwave or Outrun. This is a retro sound reminiscent of early 1980s New Wave electronic music which relied on a heavy use of synthesizers.

This is all-new, uncharted territory and together with LG's fantastic Digging 4 Victory show shows you why Disco Scratch rules in '15. You won't find this on any other radio station.
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