Saturday, 26 September 2015

ABU Podcast #54 - Funk Special II DOWNLOAD

It was a great change to switch up the funk flavour on this month's ABU Podcast. Being that it was over TWO years since the last one I thought it was long overdue that ABU should revisit the cornerstone of hip hop and get back to basics.

You should know that first and foremost I am by no means a deep funk DJ - or a shallow one come to think of it. But I do love the dirty 70s sounds and enjoy hearing an original break or sample so my selections may be of the more known stuff than not. But it's all fantastic stuff anyway.

Also included in the show are a couple of new 45s I purchased this month (I'm not usually a 45 buyer) which fitted perfectly within the scope of music.

DJ Format has a brand new 7" which pays a superb homage to the legends Kool & The Gang. Taking all the best elements from the group (no Cherish, Get Down On It or even Joanna!) and creating a devastating result. Go here to get a copy. These WILL sell out soon.

Also on the new 45 tip is Jorun Bombay's newie. Entitled Break Edit #1, this is a funky-as-ya-like workout flipping the 'T' Plays It Cool break. The drums sound so clear and really dominate the little slab of wax that it almost surpasses the original.
Sadly this record is now sold out such is the popularity of Jorun stuff. This situation does tend to puzzle me though. The hype was always going to be big on any new 45 from JB so why only limited copies? Check Discogs where it's already going for silly money barely a week on.

And ABU plays an exclusive track for you. Brand-new from ABU crew member Myk Apache Throwdown (whom is also featured on the ABU album) is the new song, Lemonade. He's so dope he's even sprung for a fancy video.

Thanks to anyone who showed up in the chatroom and/or listened in live on Thursday evening.
Listen to the show in the widget above where you can also download for later.

Hold tight, here's the tracklisting.

01  Alen Tew - Money Runner
The Hanged Man Soundtrack (Contour, 1975)

02  Keni Burke - Risin' To The Top
Changes (RCA Victor, 1982)

03  James Brown - Popcorn with Feeling
It's A Mother (King Records,1969)

04  The Ides Of March - Vehicle
Vehicle (Warner Bros. Records, 1970)

05  Bob Azzam & The Great Expectation - Rain Rain Go Away
Bob Azzam & The Great Expectation (Audio Fidelity, 1968)

06  Uncle Louie - I Like Funky Music
Uncle Louie's Here (Marlin, 1979)

07  Gaz - Sing, Sing
Gaz (Salsoul Records, 1978)

08  Jimmy Bo Horne - Dance Across the Floor
Dance Across the Floor (Sunshine Sound Disco, 1978)

09  Michel Gonet – Flower Dance
Phasing News - Volume 2 (Tele Music, 1976)

10  Gary Byrd - Are You Really Ready For Black Power
Taken from Stand Up And Be Counted (Soul, Funk And Jazz From A Revolutionary Era Vol. 2) (Harmless, 1970)

11  Gil Scott-Heron - The Bottle
Winter In America (Strata-East Records, 1974)

12  Jon Lucien - Ghetto Song
Mind's Eye (RCA, 1974)

13  Lafayette Afro-Rock Band - Darkest Light
Malik (America Records, 1972)

14  Johnny Harris - Paint It Black
Movements (Warner Bros, 1970)

15  Dick Hyman - Give It Up Turn It Loose
The Age Of Electronicus (Command, 1969)

16  Soopasoul - It's Just Begun (Pt.1) 7"
(Jalapeno Records, 2008)

17  Hackney Colliery Band - Prodigy Medley
Common Decency (Wah Wah 45s, 2013)

18  Earth, Wind & Fire - Brazilian Rhyme
All 'N All (Columbia, 1977)

19  Myk Apache -  Lemonade (2015)

20  Diplomat Feat. Kool Rock Ski (from the Fat Boys) - 1982 (2015)

21  Babe Ruth - The Mexican
First Base (Harvest, 1972)

22  DJ Laz-e - Old School Rant
Plastic Attack (RTE 2XM, 2015)

23  DJ Format - Kool & The Gangstarr Generation 7"
De-Ja-Vu Records (2015)

Roots Of The Roots
24  Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok
Chess (RCA, 1984)

25  Jorun Bombay - A Break Edit #1 7"
(Soundweight Records, 2015)

26  Bob Dorough - 3 Is A Magic Number
Multiplication Rock (Capital Records, 1973)

27  Telltale ‎– Rainbow Theme
Songs From The Thames Television Children's Programme Rainbow (Music For Pleasure, 1973)

28  David Shire - Mini-Manhunt
The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Retrograde Records, 1974/1996)

29  Ernst Arno - Outlines Part 3
Dramatic Funk Themes Vol. 3 - Roaring Rare Grooves Action & Detective Breaks 1972-1983 (ShowUp Records, 1975/2011)

30  Oddjob - Scorpio's Theme
Clint (The ACT Company, 2010)

31  John & Ernest - Superfly Meets Shaft
Watergrate (IX Chains Records, 1973)

32  Rhythm Heritage - Theme From S.W.A.T.
Disco-Fied (ABC Records, 1975)

33  Stevie Wonder - Too High
Innervisions (Tamla Motown, 1973)

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

ABU September Podcast #54 Funk Special

ABU is proud to announce that this month's Podcast will be another Funk Special.

Thursday 24th September from 9pm is the date. Make sure you drop into the chatroom!

Monday, 7 September 2015

A Brief History Of Graffiti

An interesting voyage, albeit in condensed form, through the history of graffiti fromcrude marks left by soldiers in Germany right up to modern-day stuff from France's Blek Le Rat.
The legendary LEE Quinones has a great segment and shows us into his studio where there is a brilliant mural featuring some of his contemporaries such as Futura, Rammellzee, Fab 5 Freddy and Lady Pink.
This could so easily be turned into another 'stuffed shirt', BBC4, condescending view of the street art world but our guide (Professor Richard Clay)is ultimately enthusiastic and open-minded about the subject which makes the whole experience that much more entertaining.

Word of warning, as it's on iPlayer it is only available for a limited time - in this case until 24th September 2015. Plus if viewing from outside the UK there may be restrictions.


It is also available on Youtube.

Hell's Club

If you are a bit of a film buff then this will interest you largely.
It's a video mash-up featuring many famous movie characters in which they were featured in a nightclub in their particular film.
It's edited together exceptionally well and you'll have fun spotting many known faces - some just cameos - all to the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever (what else!).

Thanks to WAXER for spotting this.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Ebay Watch: Street Sounds UK Fresh 86 Programme

This came up on my Ebay alert recently.
I know these are rare but is £72 the going price for a UK Fresh 86 Programme these days?
Meh, what do I know? This is a supreme piece of UK hip hop history so it's worth as much as what someone is prepared to pay for it. Plus it looks in good nick.

Also from the same seller is a very interesting magazine pullout from Record Mirror circa 1986.

 And if you missed out he also has for sale a Street Sounds Electro T-shirt (size L).

Check 'em out:
UK Fresh Programme:

Record Mirror Hip Hop:

Street Sounds Electro Tee:

Saturday, 29 August 2015

ABU Shirt/Hoody Pics Request

As mentioned in this month's ABU Podcast, I plan to make a gallery of any of the ABU shirts and hoodies that were recently snapped up.
I have a few already but any more would be welcome. For the camera-shy, don't worry about showing your face, just use any close-to-hand object to obscure if you wish.

Send in NOW to :

Or post on the ABU Facebook page :

July & August 2015 ABU! Podcasts - DOWNLOAD

Well, aren't I a silly sausage?
It appears I was so excited over making last month's 1992 Special for the ABU Podcast that I only went and plain forgot about actually posting the link.
So this month is a bumper Podcast edition, both this and last month's shows.
First up......

July 2015 - Podcast #52 1992 Special


01 A Tribe Called Quest - Jazz (We've Got)
02  EPMD - Brothers From Brentwood L.I.
03  UMC's - One To Grow On (1991)
04  General Levy - Dem No Wicked Like We
05  Das Efx - They Want Efx (Remix)
06  Fu-Schnickens - Ring The Alarm
07  Brand Nubian - Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down (Dirty Version)
08  The Jackson 5 - Its Great to Be Here - Kenny Dope Remix
09  Dr Dre & Snoop Dogg - Deep Cover
10  Kool G Rap And DJ Polo - Ill Street Blues (Illest Version)
11  C.E.B. - Get The Point
12  Afrika Bambaataa Presents Time Zone - Zulu War Chant
13  Selectah - Wede Man (Hoody Mix)
14  Cypress Hill - Hand on the Pump
15  Diamond D - Best Kept Secret 
16  The George Baker Selection - Little Green Bag
17  Sam Kinison - Rappers Suck

The Funk Trunk
18  The Isley Brothers - Footsteps In The Dark (Part 1 & 2) 
19  Gary Byrd - Soul Travelin' Pt.1 (The G.B.E)

20  Black Moon - Who Got The Props
21  Organised Konfusion - Fudge Pudge
22  Sir Mix-A-Lot - Baby Got Back
23  Son Of Noise - The Mighty Son Of Noise
24  SL2 - On A Ragga Tip
25  Kid Kaos - Short Kutz 1
26  Kid Kaos - Short Kutz 2
27  The Pharcyde - Officer
28  The Fabreeze Brothers - How To Cut & Paste (Lesson 1)

And here is the most recent ABU Podcast.
August 2015 - Podcast #53


01 Brad Fiedel - The Terminator Main Title
02  Skeewiff - Theme From Dave Allen
03  Phill Most Chill - The Remix E.P. -  On Tempo Jack (Remix)
04  DJ Format - Here Comes the Fuzz
05  Kid Sundance and Busy Bee - Hip Hop Icon
06  A Tribe Called Quest - Electric Relaxation
07  Mantronix - Get Stupid ''Fresh'' Part 1
08  Monkey Sons - Down & Out
09  Eminem - '97 Bonnie & Clyde
10  Digital Underground - The Humpty Dance
11  Lakim Shabazz - No Justice No Peace
12  EPMD - The Steve Martin
13  Joeski Love - Pee Wee Dance
14  Stetsasonic - Go Stetsa 1 (Remix)
15  Jungle Brothers - In Dayz 2 Come

Reepz' Electro Doodads Mix
16  Malcolm McLaren - World's Famous
17  MC-3 - Rap-A-Holic (1986)
18  Cazal Boys -  Snatchin' Cazals
19  Chris The Glove Taylor - Itchiban Scratch
20  Jonny Bankcheck ‎– The Runaway (Rap) (1983) (shout out to Daniel Chapelle)
21  Sly & Robbie - Bass & Trouble (1985)
22  Afrika Bambaataa & Family - Bambaataa's Theme (Assault On Precinct 13)
22  Reeno - New York, New York, NYC 1984

23  MC Shan - The Bridge (for Dave BANZAI)
24  Dr Dre - Medicine Man (feat. Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson .Paak)
25  Public Enemy - Man Plans God Laughs

The Funk Trunk
26  The O'Jays - For The Love Of Money (1974)

27  Schnoogly Boom Boom McCutiekins - Straight Outta Tipton

Both Podcasts can be downloaded.
Also there is a handy option to 'Share' (hintity-hint....)

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."


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