Thursday, 22 January 2015

Chrome & Illinspired Special on The Boogie Down Under Show

The front cover for The All C N I

If you have been following UK rap lately, and in particular one label - B-Line Recordings - then you will be in no doubt that we are still basking in a Golden Era.

It's with great pride that I know the two lads - plain old Bill and Mike - who are Chrome & Illinspired and are on the brink of releasing their debut album on B-Line entitled The All C N I (BLN012) in just a few days time.
Their sound incorporates great old-school wordplay and deftly mixes in new-school cuts and scratches with a full-on smattering of chest-crushing boom bap to complete the package.
It's true to say that their releases are never half-cut and each single or EP they produce are given more spit and polish than Tommy DeVito's fuckin' shinebox. This is evident in every song you will ever hear and goes without saying that the forthcoming album will not disappoint.

To prepare us for the upcoming launch Boogie Down Under's Dayle showcased some of the best moments from the lads' back catalogue with a few exclusives thrown in to further spice up proceedings in his latest radio show.
Make sure to check this out as it really is dope one. Listen below or go direct here.
If you want to rip it for offline listening then use this site which will help nicely.


Here's the tracklisting from the show:

01  You Should Know (Original Mix)
02  Feels So Good (from the Out Of Sight EP)
03  The All C N I
04  Clown Shoes (From Chrome And Guests LP))
05  Triple Word Score (from the Out Of Sight EP)
06  All Days
07  Shock The Place (Part 1) (B-side of No Messin')
08  Step It Up (from the Out Of Sight EP)
09  No Messin'
10  Anger Strikes (from the Out Of Sight EP)
11  In Control, In Effect
12  Big Dreams (Original Version)
13  Nerve Centre
Be sure to follow the Boogie Down Under Show regularly with the official Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/TheBoogieDownUnder

A full review of THE ALL C N I album will be posted once I've heard it, but let's be honest, it's the album of the year and it's only January.
To order your (vinyl) copy get over to B-Line Recordings' website:
http://blinerecordings.bigcartel.com/product/chrome-illinspired-the-all-c-n-i-lp-2015

Check these links, too for more of the duo's back-catalogue. Cheap!
Step It Up - http://chromeandillinspired.bandcamp.com/album/step-it-up

Chrome And Guests - http://chromeandillinspired.bandcamp.com/album/chrome-and-guests
























Thursday, 15 January 2015

Funky Four PLUS Blondie

Whilst watching the Funky Four video in the previous post I was sure that I wasn't going mad and had in fact seen another studio performance of the crew in action. So I had a search around and think I found it.
The clip is from a 1981 episode of Saturday Night Live, America's long-running comedy show, and features a good deal of input from the group, Blondie.
The F4+1 clip is mercilessly short and comes right at the end after a couple of Blondie performances and a Debbie Harry skit. See if you can see a very quick shot of a young Eddie Murphy right at the start.


http://vimeo.com/99640091

New Funky Four Plus One Video

I saw new but this is actually from 1980.
Just look at the quality of it though, you'd be mistaken for thinking it was more recent.
This is the Funky Four Plus One performing 'Rapping And Rocking The House' live @The Kitchen in NYC.
A few blogs have shared this and I actually rashly thought it was one I'd already seen previously a few years ago. Nope, this is a new one on me.

Big shout to The Old Schoolers Crew for this.

Hello 2015!

Here we go, now the introduction... Repo, ABU Productions....
Happy New Year and all that waffle. It's 2015, we've been on the DL for a while but now we're here again and feeling energised and hungry to get back in the old blog seat and heat up the keyboard.

Thank you again to EVERYONE who has supported ABU and stuck by us through thick and thin recently. And a big FU to those lame sucker ducks who stepped off, consider yourselves dissed and dismissed.

My long and lean, lip-licking, legend in leather homeboy, Mr Waxer is making a very welcome return imminently and put up the following post on his website which I have borrowed and pasted here:

"Imagine yourself sitting down, in a bubble.  That bubble is moving forwards at a constant rate, not slowing or speeding up.  The bubble does not alter it’s path, does not deviate from it’s course… From the bubble you cannot interact with the outside world, nor the outside world interact with you… the outside world does in fact, not know you are there.
From within your bubble, you can observe the world passing you by… you move through time and space, however you are in effect, stationary.  You have your past memories, current senses intaking the external surroundings with your mind to the future.
This is something like what I have been in for roughly 2 months, possibly 3.  I felt the need to get something out there so that supporters of Disco Scratch who noticed I dropped off the planet will know why and where I’m at now & where we are heading this year and into the future.
First off I want to make something absolutely CRYSTAL CLEAR.  Disco Scratch will not disappear as long as I can possibly run it.  I’ve come close to shutting the doors a few times, but in the end, a bit of bubble time makes me realise what I’ve got here and the great people I have met who have grown to mean a lot to me, contributors & supporters alike.
I have no interest in looking into what has gone before, I only want to forge ahead with the new… Every single DS show, podcast, tape rip etc is still available and will be there indefinitely… I stand by this body of work with pride.  If you can find another site on the internet that has run as long, provided more shows, downloads, interviews, knowledge, fun & laughter while celebrating the roots of the UK Hip Hop Scene… let me know.
I started using the internet in 1998, searched around for something, didn’t really get anywhere until I found oldschoolhiphop.com which I joined and loved… then in 2006 I found Heroes Of UK Hip Hop… this site, run by Websta, encouraged me to do my own thing. Heroes was without doubt, the best site I have ever belonged to and I cherish it… the support on there was fantastic.  In 2007 Websta & I put on a jam in Birmingham, the first Heroes jam… all that went loved it & I am proud to have been a part of it..
I registered Disco Scratch in 2008 and started podcasts, tape rips, interviews etc… around this time I came across the Ageing B Boys Unite! blog and again, was blown away that someone had such passion & knowledge, along with a good old British sense of humour, Repo and I are like peas in a pod!  We quickly formed a strong relationship and Repo, Websta & I soon realised that we could all get together and have a good do… in 2010 we put on another jam in Birmingham, featuring B Boys, dope UK crews & DJs with some of the best wax in the UK.
Due to work & family commitments, Websta closed the Heroes site, but is still out there penning lyrics & supporting the scene, I hope that we can get together for another jam soon… since the “3 The Hard Way” jam, Disco Scratch (DS) & Ageing B Boys Unite! (ABU) grew together and have formed an unbreakable bond.
The DS weekly radio show became popular and brought live radio with interaction via chat, with the monthly ABU podcast giving the professionalism & knowledge along with a well researched and simply DOPE music selection.  This contrasted nicely with the regular chaos of DS Radio!
Along with this, DS & ABU had a presence on Facebook, where ABU grew exponentially and was without doubt the strongest and best supported group celebrating the old school scene that anyone knew of.  I have always had a love/hate relationship with Facebook and came off it several times but always returned… a situation arose on there that turned nasty, so Repo, & in turn myself as admin, decided to shut the group.  I also decided to close all my FB groups & account permanently.
Following this, I entered my bubble…
So here we are, a couple of months on & into a new year… I am exiting my bubble and as such thought I’d let my followers know what has been happening and where I am heading.
I have been in regular contact with my brother Repo and I am proud to say that in January we will be back on air together for the ABU podcast.  This show will be airing all the tracks submitted for the ABU album, volume 2.  As is tradition, this podcast will go out at the end of the month, the last Thursday of the month, at 9PM on Disco Scratch Radio… there will be a difference this time.. we’ll have a chat, but it will need e-mail registration so we can verify who you are.  We want to make things better for the real heads who want to support us  We want users of the chatroom to know they can chat with the right people, enjoy the vibe of the show, have a laugh with their mates… like it SHOULD BE.
For the following months, I’ll be doing a 15 minute section on each ABU show.  I’m not going to be doing weekly shows for a while as I have decided to turn my attention to areas of Hip Hop & other music that I love, but have neglected.  I’ll be starting a record label this year, I’m aiming for an autumn launch & this year I’ll be looking for artists to release vinyl.  The label will be vinyl only, it won’t be exclusively Hip Hop either, more details coming as soon as possible.  Mainly, I’ll be in the studio, producing tracks.  It is unrealistic for me to be a family man, run a business, do the radio & all the other bits… the radio show is great, I love live radio, but the time is right for me to concentrate on other things.
So, look out for updates on this site, ABU, and our Tweets, @Waxer, @DiscoScratch, @AgeingBBoys.  Note that a new ABU site might be coming soon, so that’ll be the main place to get your ABU fix.  At this stage we are unsure if there will be any presence on FB… personally I won’t be on it, but there may be an ABU! page, probably it’ll just be for news, updates & info.
So, I look forward to connecting with my supporters in 2015, please check back for updates here & on the pages mentioned above… respect, peace & love, Wax, January 6th, 2015…"

http://discoscratch.co.uk/


Actually there WILL be an ABU page on Facebook.
However it will not be the same as it once was but will be mostly for one way info. In effect it will be me posting links to all the Blog posts and maybe a linky-dink here and there pertaining to anything I reckon will suit the membership. There will be no starting of topics allowed by anyone other than me but members can comment on existing posts.
Apologies if this all sounds a bit harsh and Draconian but we need to establish some boundaries.
Oh yeah, its a CLOSED group as well so only those I know or who are approved will be able to read content.

  
"They tried to step on our ego, walk on our pride. But true, blue brothers stand side to side through thick and thin, from beginning to end this battle we lost but the war we'll win...." 

THE TRUTH WILL OUT

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Xmas Break

Y'all can kiss my mistletoe


Thanks for the support, guys & gals. No matter if you check every week or once a year, it's all truly appreciated. In this small but fragmented British hip hop scene it's good to know we are all about taking this pursuit with a pinch of salt and a smile.

We're taking a break over the Xmas period but will be back with more news, views and the long-awaited ABU Album Volume II in the new year.

Jingle balls.

Me love you long time.

REPO136

Xmas No Half Steppin 2014


The annual No Half Steppin' Xmas Jam in Norwich is almost upon us (next weekend to be more exact) which will feature live PAs from:

The Dookie Squad
The Mantis Chapter
Whirlwind D
The Juice MCs 
Chrome & Illinspired

with DJ support from JUST-1

Should be a nice little early Christmas treat. Get down there from 7pm!

Street Sounds and Morgan Khan 1986 ITV Documentary with Hugh Laurie

1986 TV documentary about UK Soul and Electro Hip Hop Dance Music label Street Sounds and its' owner Morgan Khan, hosted by Hugh Laurie (!).
Includes tour of London dance music vinyl record shops, the Limelight Club, the Streetsounds Office in Ealing, West London and more!
This is a great piece of UK history. Worth the admission alone just for the scene of Morgan singing his little heart out with a Sinatra standard or Hugh Laurie and some Jesuit priests enjoying hardcore hip hop in a West End club.

Know Your History!

Imagine the possibilities if hip hop never had it's massive jump-start during this event in NYC.....



Sunday, 30 November 2014

Edumacation








ABU 2015 coming back stronger than ever.
Peace & respect to ALL crew and longtime-supporters.



ageingbboysuniteATyahooDOTcom

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Grandmaster Flash in Norwich

Tomorrow evening (Thursday 13th November) I shall be extremely ecstatic whilst simultaneously feeling extremely bored and pissed off.
Why? Well, I shall be in the same room as Grandmaster Flash, one of the godfathers of hip hop - something I have never experienced before. However, from almost everyone I've spoken to about Flash these days I seem to hear the same sentiments, "don't waste your money", "he's a sellout/nob/diva"....etc.
I've seen and heard him in interviews and whilst he does come across as brash and maybe a bit too over-confident he has been in this game for a long, long time. Attitudes change as do his audiences and he has to adopt his musical range to accompany that. Maybe. Or does he genuinely love just every style of music?

I'm not attending this gig expecting to be blown over by his talents but rather just to be able to tick a personal box on my virtual hip hop wishlist off. The Message was the first 12" I ever got (via my dad who bought it for himself) so this means a lot to me.

The warm-up acts are Chrome and DJ Format who are no strangers to playing in Norwich and will get a big crowd response I'm sure anyway.

Review afterwards.



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