Saturday, 22 October 2016

ABU Podcast October Super Special

Ladies and gentlemen.....

This Thursday is the ABU Podcast Thursday. I am being welcomed by my fellow music men - LG from Digging 4 Victory and Waxer from Disco Scratch - as we do our second collaboration this year.

Now, over the summer all three of us were enthralled by an 8-part supernatural drama series on Netflix called, Stranger Things. In brief, it is set in 1983 and focusses on a little rural town in Indiana in the USA and a bunch of childhood friends of which one of whom goes missing.
Imagine a spooky tv series directed by Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter back in the early 1980s featuring a great period synth-laden soundtrack and you're halway there.

With Halloween on the horizon we decided to get together and produce a 2-hour mixtape with each of us concentrating on a specific part of the series of no more than 40-minutes long.

Make sure you tune in to hear the results this coming Thursday (27th) from 9pm on Groundbreaking stuff.

If Stranger Things has largely passed you by then check out the trailer below and see what you think.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Andy Cooper (Ugly Duckling) - It Was James Brown

Fantastic single from Ugly Duckling's frontman, Andy Cooper.
'It Was James Brown' is a great little ditty showing how much of an influence JB has been on hip-hop - not that we needed reminding, but this is nicely-produced using short snippets of the 'Godfather''s greatest hits.
At just two minutes long though it leaves you wanting a whole lot more.

We Got Twitter, Yo

Ageing B-Boys....keeping up to date like it was 2009, yo.
We got our Twitter groove on. Just check to the right of the page - if you're on a laptop/PC.
Those fancypants kids on smartphones don't get this option unless you select 'view web version'.

Keep up to date with all the useless drivel that we're too lazy to write about in the blog.

ABU - we're gifted and we're goin' far.


Thursday, 6 October 2016

CrumplStock #5 Festival REMINDER

Just a reminder that it's the CrumplStock #5 DJ Festival starting tomorrow.
Head to the main CrumplStock page then select the RAYCHELLE'S ABU GET DOWN STAGE.

It kicks off at 7pm Friday.
Here's the revised line-up.

Friday 7th October (GMT)

1900 - Dren (
2000 - Kevin (
2100 - Jason (
2200 - Repo (
2300 - Deathhop (
0000 - Dayle (

Saturday 8th October (GMT)

2000 - Pom (
2100 - Garry (
2200 - Shan (
2300 - Berty (

Saturday, 1 October 2016

ABU Down By Law Podcast #63 Sept 2016 DOWNLOAD

Here's the brand-new Down By Law show from ABU.
Check it, it's a cracker!
Some classics as always, a few new cuts, a spotlight on the new breed of 'rappers' ("mumble rappers") as well as my exclusive 30-minute Style Wars megamix (which has only ever been heard once on a previous Guided Minds radio show by SteveB) all shoehorned together in that inimitable ABU fashion.

As always big up to Waxer @Disco Scratch.

01  Run DMC - Here We Go (Live At the Funhouse)
02  Whodini - Freaks Come Out At Night (Jorun Bombay Remix)
03  Lovebug Starski - Live At The Disco Fever
04  Sweet Tee - It's Like that Y'all'
05  Nubian Crackers - Yes Yes Yall, You Don't Stop
06  Leaders Of The New School – Bring That Strong Island Sound Back
07  Grand Surgeon & Spoonie Gee – Yes Yes Y’all
08  Mumble Rappers
09  Big Daddy Kane - Set It Off
10  Kool G Rap And DJ Polo - Poison
11  Eric B And Rakim - Follow The Leader
12  Daddy Freddy On Record Breakers
13  SL2 - On A Ragga Tip
14  Jah Screechy - Walk And Skank
15  Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper
16  Eazy-E - Radio
17  Nas - Represent
18  Repo's Style Wars Mix for Guided Minds Radio Show

19  Stevie Wonder - Superstition (Multitrack Mix by Anton B.)

20  Jimi Hendrix - Crosstown Traffic

Telmak Rap Attack!
21  Magic Wand
22  Buffalo Girls
23  The Message
(with special thanks to Dayle for these)

24  DJ Shadow - Nobody Speak (feat. Run The Jewels)
25  Electro Rock Theme Tune (DJ Sugar E's remix)
26  Reeno - Where Is Georgio?

Friday, 30 September 2016

Hip Hop Night on BBC Four

Rodney P
Tonight it's Hip Hop Night on BBC Four from 9pm!

21.00 - 22.30 - Hip-Hop World News (

Embarking on an immersive authored journey, Rodney P reveals a fascinating alternative version of reality as seen from the perspective of a culture which was created in the black and Latino ghettos of 1970s New York, and has since evolved into a world-dominating cultural powerhouse.

22.30 - 23.30 - Rubble Kings (
Documentary that tells the story of how hip-hop was vital to the truce that ended the near-apocalyptic level of gang violence in New York during the 1960s and 70s.
23.30 - 00.30 - Hip Hop At The BBC (
Hip-hop through the decades from the BBC archives, including the Sugarhill Gang in 1979, Run DMC, LL Cool J and Eric B & Rakim in the 80s, Ice T, Monie Love, Fugees and The Roots in the 90s and concluding with Dr Dre & Eminem, Dizzee Rascal and Jay-Z.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

ABU Podcast #63 Sept 2016 - TONITE!

Big Daddy Kane | Nas | Sweet Tee | Stevie Wonder | SL2 | Style Wars | DJ Shadow | Jimi Hendrix | Daddy Freddy & much, much more…!
Listen to the Podcast at 9pm tonight on
Join the chatroom:

Oh, and from now until further notice I dub thee oh Podcast as Down By Law. Ok? Cool!

Marvel Goes Hip Hop

The artists of world-renowned comic book behemoth MARVEL have been having a go at creating classic hip hop albums with some of their comic superhero family.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

CrumplStock #5 Festival

The next CrumplStock (virtual DJ) festival is on the way. This is #5 and the stage you will be interested in is Raychelle's ABU Get Down Stage.
This stage runs on the Friday & Saturday, 7th/8th October.
First DJ is up at 6pm and the last goes on as late as you wish (although usually by 1am).
Each DJ has a STRICT one-hour slot.
You NEED to have signed up with a Mixlr account ( - it's free). This URL will be unique to you and will be the only way the audience will know where you are and hear you.
Wanna be a part of this? Do it live or pre-recorded it is up to you.

If you want to be involved, comment below and choose your preferred time slot. First come, first served.

N.b. The majority of the names have already been entered from the ABU Facebook group. Join it now!

Friday 7th October (GMT)
1900 - Dren
2000 - Kevin (
2100 - Waxer (
2200 - Repo (
2300 - Deathhop (
0000 - Dayle (
0100 - Jason (

Saturday 8th October (GMT)
2100 - Garry (
2200 - Shan
2300 - Berty (

Saturday, 17 September 2016

No Half Steppin' September 2016

Norwich's NO HALF STEPPIN' returns after the summer break for more blistering evenings of classic hip hop, electro and breaks in the Underbelly of The Rumsey Wells pub in the heart of the city.
A late addition to the lineup is ILLINSPIRED who seems to appear less and less these days so grab him while you can.

Free entry from 8pm until late.
Get on down and partay.
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