Monday, 19 August 2019

72 ABU Show August 2019

Hey freaks!

Big shout to whoever is still checking out this dearly-departed, shell of a once-thriving communication hub.
Ahhh, ABU. The blog. The place that once connected me to so many of you. Sadly Facebook came along, took me to a bar, we got chatting and before you know it we were knocking boots. And it's been that way ever since. I cannot turn away from that sultry siren, my meandering mistress.

And so here I am, cap in hand. Foolishly trying to explain that I still have feelings for all of my faithful readership even though I've been playing away. I feel as if I need to apologise to you but it's a two-way street. Not to sound like a bad Cliff Richard song but it feels like we don't talk any more.
It's okay. I understand. We all lead busy lives so I guess we have different places we need to be nowadays. We can't stay in the past, awkwardly tring to rekindle those feelings we had at the beginning, can we?
Just know that I, Mister Reeps, will always be here for you.

That said, here is the latest ABU Podcast. It's show number 72 and tends to feature a bit more 1985 business than usual - no problem as far as I'm concerned, it was a great year.
There's some seldom-heard album tracks from BDP, Eazy-E and Beastie Boys as well as a nod to the recent UK Fresh 86 anniversary (its' 33rd actually - wow!).
I've been listening to the majority of the available (on the t'internet at least) radio shows featuring the World's Famous Supreme Team lately so have included some nice excerpts from them. One of them features a caller who tries to swear down the telephone but Just Allah The Superstar has razor-sharp reflexes!
We also focus on British composer and jazz pianist, Roy Budd who came up with some brilliant film scores over the years. Three songs are evidenced on the show which capture just how funky he was.
Plus the usual off-the-wall spoken word drops and crap scratching from me and that concludes the show.

Remember if you have any ideas, requests or a mix (30 mins max) for upcoming shows then get in touch by either leaving a comment or flinging over an email to

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Friday, 12 July 2019

Whirlwind D - Doin It Review

Here's the latest single from Whirlwind D, the stalwart and perhaps, flagship act of the south coast's leading rap label, B-Line Recordings.

Side A's DOIN' IT is the lead track which gets the video treatment and is an uptempo stormer. D does as the title suggests and conveys his feelings of still being involved in the scene even now as an elder statesman ("I might be old but it doesn't really matter, the beat gets fatter, my knees are being battered.."). I like that he doesn't shy away from the truth of the ageing process and is quite brutally honest ("..hairs out my nose and my hearing's all shattered, six-pack's gone, complexion's all tattered.."). If it wasn't for the dopeness of the beat then I might just sit here wailing in concurrence about the demise of my life.
But back to that dope beat. DJAR ONE is on production duties here and has provided a funky blank canvas for D's lines to be clearly heard without overloading it.
If this song was a cake then Djar One would obviously be Paul Hollywood with SPECIFIK undoubtedly channeling Mary Berry, adding the icing and cherry on top of the final mix with his super-sharp chorus cuts - The Great British Break Off, if you like.

The flipside is a real change around both sonically as well as literally. Djar & Specifik swap production duties this time.
Beginning with a snippet of a very slinky jazz number before heading into a boom-bappy, funk groove courtesy of Specifik, 'SOMETIMES' proceeds to kick off about those who continually seem to have had the jam taken out of their daily doughnut.
Social media - amongst other factors - comes under scrutiny here with D looking at the various ingredients which can make up our stress in modern times.
Djar One cuts up the chorus in fine style using a plethora of classic rap tunes all featuring this b-side's song title. Lovely stuff.

As always, with B-Line product, you know that the product is geared mainly towards the collector so you can expect high quality all the way from the photography to the packaging.

If this has whetted your appetite then rush over to the B-Line shop and purchase a copy before they disappear.

Well. There's nothing more to add except than, he's done it again!
Hip-hop is still alive and well, you've just got to seek it out.


Check out the video for Doin' It.

Soundclips available here on Soundcloud.



Monday, 1 July 2019

Funkbox Reload - The Summer Solstice 2019

Jorun Bombay returns with another dope hit of his Funkbox Reload show.
The Summer Solstice Edition features classic joints all mixed, cut and scratched the funk up in that inimitable style that he is known for.
I haven't listened yet but going on past shows this will be another doozy. I'm hoping the smug factor will be dialled down a notch but if I'm honest it probably won't be.

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Garbage Pail Digs tee

Mr LOVEGROVE has another superb new t-shirt design out and it's perfect for all you ageing diggers this summer
As always, it's available for a limited time only so get on it quickly (only 7 days remaining)

For all the info go right here.

Why DID more Hip Hop to TDK?

Why DID more Hip Hop to TDK? Just like Smarties, Irish Craig has the answer in his always-fantastic, Random Rap Radio blog

Friday, 24 May 2019

DJ Telao's Old School Blog

Just discovered a great blog called
Contains stacks of Electro/Drum Machine/Mike Allen-era mp3s all for free download. Well recommended.

Dig in!

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Infamous Alliance present Break It Down Vol 1

The East Coast is rocking again. This time to the sound of Ipswich's finest, Infamous Alliance aka Jimmy Green and DJ Ben Marr.
ABU recommends their fantastic mix, Break It Down Vol 1 which is a lovely blend of classic hip-hop cuts and their original sources.

Here's some words direct from them:
"We've been doing the Break It Down nights for two years now, and this is a condensed version of some of the music we've played on those nights. DJ Shadow, Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, Dilla, De La Soul, Golden Era Hip Hop, Classic Breaks and Beats, Public Enemy, and DJ Premier / Gang Starr.
We use four decks, some tracks are played all the way through, some tracks are cut up and messed with, but we play the original samples and the tracks that sampled them. Biggup The Smokehouse in Ipswich UK for hosting us.
More nights coming soon!"

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Interview with LENZ - Club International Mag 1995

Found this interview with graf writer LENZ hidden in an issue of Club International magazine (Vol 24 No 12, 1995).
Initially I assumed this piece was written by Drew Huge (of FAT LACE Mag) who some may know did indeed moonlight for top-shelf bongo mags in the 90s. It's actually credited to 'Matt Moore' who may or may not be the nom-de-plume of Matt Black & Jonathon Moore of Coldcut.

I make no apologies for the sauciness.

R.I.P. John Singleton

Sad news to hear of writer & director, John Singleton has passed away after a stroke.
He was only 51, too.

John was part of the Hollywood vanguard that blew up in the early 1990s with the emergence of films such as New Jack City (1991), Juice (1992) and Menace II Society (1993) amongst others.

Hard to believe that he was only 23 years old when he wrote and directed Boyz n the Hood (1991).

Monday, 25 March 2019

Chrome - Dopamine Hit (I need a hit) Smoove Remix

Local boy Chrome continues his ascension to surely the throne of hip-hop by the turn of the decade?
Indeed. Here he is with his latest sureshot single, Dopamine Hit from his recent album of the same name.
This solid remix by Smoove is aimed at dancefloors with its polished groove. Don't bother trying to get the 45 as it sold out in 3 seconds, more or less. For now though just check out this video which is enjoyable in it's simplicity. Love it!
The first release on No Half Steppin Records, too.

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