Saturday, 13 February 2016

Just-Ice Interviewed by Mike Allen (1988)

Here's an interesting piece of audio courtesy of a radio rip by the P Brothers.
Back in 1988 the late Mike Allen interviewed Bronx resident and gruff gold tooth enthusiast, Just-Ice for his Safe On Sunday radio show.
Only 10 minutes long but it is exquisitely, essential Mike.
Rest in peace.

Thanks to LG for spotting this.

Cornish Edit Agent Volume 4 by DREN

I had the pleasure of listening to this fantastic "1-hour cut & paste layered loops and samples edit mix using over 70 slabs of vinyl" from Cornwall's DJ Dren Throwdown of the Edit Alliance.
Some really inventive cuts, scratches and mashups make this one of the most inventive mixes of the year so far.


Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Hearts Of Darkness - Coming Soon

Coming soon. Very soon.
Details soon. Very soon.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Beat Street 30th Anniversary Article

Yes, the actual 30th anniversary of the film, Beat Street was two years ago but this article needs to be seen. Bringing together the stars of the movie, you can read the real story behind it and it really wasn't that pretty.
I'd say that we're all in agreement in that BS was mostly a Hollywood version of how hip hop was - it certainly is a far way away from original screenwriter Stephen Hager's vision of what should've been portrayed on screen, that's for sure.
This is a really interesting behind-the-scenes look at what went into making the film and what the cast actually thought about it.

Did you know that Kool Herc had to wear a false beard throughout his scenes? I need to rewatch this, NOW.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

January WTF?!

What a month.
31 days into 2016 and it seems we've lost a years' worth of legendary figures from the world of entertainment (and politics) in such a short space of time.
I've never felt my childhood slipping away so quickly.

Rest in peace to so many.

January 2016
01  Mark B (45)
04  Robert Stigwood (81)
09  Ed Stewart (74)
10  David Bowie (69)
14  Alan Rickman (69)
15  Dan Haggerty (74)
18  Glenn Frey (67)
22  Cecil Parkinson (84)
26  Black (aka Colin Vearncombe) (53)
31  Terry Wogan (77)

And lest we not forget those from the end of last year...
December 2015
04  Mike Allen
04  Robert Loggia (85)
19  Jimmy Hill (87)
28  John Bradbury (62)
28  Guru Josh (51)
28  Lemmy (70)
31  Natalie Cole (65)

ABU Podcast #56 - January 2016

ABU - The ultimate in hi-tech promo

I decided to cut down the podcasts to just half the usual running time. Now they will be a new running time of a slim-lined 60 minutes which I think will be just right so that I need to get the best use of an hour.
This could of course backfire on me but for the purposes of showing face, it will work, no question.

So, onto this month's show and there is a distinct jazz-funk flavour knocking around the tunes. As usual a bit of the old, a bit of the new and the regular oddness that makes up an Ageing B-Boys' Podcast.

I quite like the new running time. Tell us what you think.

Here be the tracklisting.....

01  William Stuckey - Disco Fly (1977)
02  KRS-ONE - I Can't Wake Up (Return Of The Boom Bap, 1993)
03  Schoolly D - Saturday Night (Saturday Night! - The Album, 1986)
04  Run DMC - How'd Ya Do It, Dee (Tougher Than Leather, 1988)
05  Chrome - You Know Who I Am (2012)
06  Hearts of Darkness - A Taste of Venom (Journey Of A Thousand Miles, 2016)
07  J-Live - Them That's Not (The Best Part, 1999)
08  C.M. Dance - Off The Hook (1986)

The Funk Trunk
09  Jean Jacques Perrey - E.V.A. (Mood Indigo, 1970)
10  Donald Byrd - Dominos (Places And Spaces, 1975)

11  Camp Lo - Swing (ft Ish aka Butterfly) (Uptown Saturday Night, 1997)
12  Digable Planets - Time and Space: A New Refutation Of Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space, 1993)

13  Lazy Ace & Sureshot - Powertrippers (demo) (1994)

Roots Of The Roots
14  David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes (Scary Monsters, 1980)
15  Peter Schilling - Major Tom (Coming Home) (Error in the System, 1983)

16  LL Cool J - Going Back to Cali (Less Than Zero Soundtrack, 1987)
17  Lakim Shabazz - The Posse Is Large (Pure Righteousness, 1989)

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Crumplstock 2016

Crumplstock is back for 2016.

If you didn't know, it is an online DJ 'festival' where you go to different internet links and listen to various DJs for an hour each by clicking on their unique URL and join in the chat live (optional).

I'm on tonight at 10pm playing a selection of ABU classics, breaks and soundtracks. It's all live, all vinyl and all unrehearsed. Check it!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Happy Xmas!

Well, it's the big day tomorrow and as I sit here for a brief rest after doing last-minute oddjobs for the holidays whilst listening to the kids in ultra-hyper mode I thought I'd take this rare quiet moment to wish all the readers of this little Blog a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Oh, and if you're preparing the Christmas dinner tomorrow, here's a short educational and not-at-all-a-T-La-Rock-rip-off video to make sure you don't blow your kitchen up.

Here's to 2016.


Wednesday, 23 December 2015

The Breaks - New Film Drama

The Breaks is a new tv film drama which is based in New York City during the beginning of hip hop's Golden Age.

Set in 1990 the soundtrack features music from De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, D-Nice, Bell Biv Devoe, Kool G Rap, Poor Righteous Teachers, LL Cool J and Public Enemy so already it sounds good.
The story follows the lives of Nikki, DeeVee and David as they each struggle to break into the music industry, as an executive, producer and radio programmer, respectively. Each is met with a great deal of push back, much of which is owed to the nascent nature of the Hip-Hop industry in that time period. The film is a strong reminder that, while it is a global cultural tour de force now, not too long ago, many thought Hip-Hop was just a passing fad.
Although it is just a tv drama at present, the makers are hoping that the demand is there for a full-blown series - the ending has been left on a cliffhanger to entice viewers - once it has aired on US tv on January 4th 2016.

This short video will explain all.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

The NHS Xmas Jam 2015

This Saturday is the Annual Xmas jam for the No Half Steppin' crew.

As usual we go all out to bring you the deffest show in Norwich of the year.

Yes it's that time of year again. Get your Santa Kangols on and let the jingle bells rock!
We have a feast of a line up for you this year.

Chrome and Illinspired (B Line Recordings)
Heavy Links (B Line Recordings)
DJ Donnie Propa (The Ace Tape)
Music Lessons
The Original One (Def J/Kold Sweat)
DJ Just-1

Waxer and Repo 136 (ABU & DS going back to back!)

Hosted by Illinspired

We start at 7:00 in the basement.

This is the running order although I'm sure this is subject to change :-)

19:00 Chrome and Just-1 get the party started
20:00 Repo and Waxer
21:00 DJ Donnie Propa
21.30 Heavy Links
22:00 Chrome and Illinspired
22:30 Original One
23:00 Music lessons
23:30 Palma
00:15 No Half Steppin crew wrap it up!

All free, downstairs at The Rumsey Wells where it's small and intimate.
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