ABU!/Style Warrior Tee & Hoody Offer
Ladies and gentlemen, in conjunction with STYLE WARRIOR I am very pleased to announce that as from today there is a brand-new ABU! t-shirt available to purchase.
Featuring the much-loved and iconic font as found on many NYC b-boy and DJ crews in the 1970s, STYLE WARRIOR have given it their unique spin and have produced a perfect design for the ABU! massive.
Not only just a tee but also up for grabs is a top-quality hoody in the same colours and design which will be perfect for wearing during those nippy Autumn evenings.
Available in a range of sizes, head over to http://www.stylewarrior.co.uk/abu-shirt/ now to make your purchase as with all Style Warrior stuff, this is a pre-order item only. Plus you need to order ASAP as they will only be available for a limited time. In fact you have until Sunday 12th July to order. After that the option to buy is gone.
A big supa-dope shout to Martin @Style Warrior for the fresh designs.
You know you need one of these. Remember what happened when the original ABU! shirts sold out? Don't let it happen again!
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Merry Xmas to everyone who reads this blog and a big, massive thanks for your all your support this year from Ageing B-Boys Unite!
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Check these out, the links are below as are the performing acts.
Mike Allen - The Best Of 1985 Part 1
Mike Allen - The Best Of 1985 Part 2
UK Fresh At Wembley Arena, London, Saturday July 19th, 1986
Mike Allen UK Fresh 1986 Part 1
Mike Allen UK Fresh 1986 Part 2
Mike Allen UK Fresh 1986 Part 3
Mike Allen UK Fresh 1986 Part 4
Acts performing at UK Fresh
Word Of Mouth & DJ Cheese
The Cosmic Crew
Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde
World Class Wreckin Kru
The Real Roxanne
Word Of Mouth & DJ Cheese
World Class Wreckin Kru
The Real Roxanne
Thursday, 18 December 2008
You can't go wrong with them and this is one of my personal favourites, Cardova.
There's something about Zigaboo Modeliste's ('tis his real name) super-syncopated rhythm that makes this so sexy. And the plucking bass combined with the gentle caress of the organ? Fuggedaboudit.
It has become an almost lifelong quest for me to find all the more obscure samples from Steinski's 'Lessons' records.
As the internet has come into play it is now much easier to find such information. I have a couple of YouTube clips below which may be welcome to any fans.
If you have any more clips, mp3's or info on any other samples then please, please, please let me know!!
Thanks to Jake for kicking this particular post into effect!
This one used on The Payoff Mix (Lesson 1) is commonly misquoted as 'Have faith children, what does it all mean?'. It is not the most clearest of samples but the actual phrase is, 'And say, children what does it all mean?'.
Apparently New York City Mayor LaGuardia read out the comic section to the city over the airwaves in 1945 when the newspaper delivery men went on strike.(I can imagine Boris Johnson doing this!)
Fast-forward to 1 minute 25s for the scoop......
And this one is found near the end of the James Brown Mix (Lesson 2). As much as I love the 'iz' way of speak, I still don't understand it fully. If anyone could translate this specific passage for me then I would be as happy as Larry.
Chug-a-bug along to 2mins 33 if you have an MTV-like attention span. For all the cool kids out there I recommend you listen to the song in full though.
Friday, 12 December 2008
As this song was never released commercially (or officially) it didn't ever have an accompanying (sp.) video.
So it's with great pleasure that finally someone has made one. Actually two someones produced this and has been a long time in the making (13 years). For more on the back story see here.
With thanks to Andy Turits and Lyndon Lorenz.
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
"Breaks, real name Daniel Whidett, is a drum & bass DJ, producer, and record label owner from England, also known for his experimental instrumental hip hop production and early music career as breakbeat hardcore artist Sonz of a Loop Da Loop Era.
Whidett began recording under the alias Sonz of a Loop Da Loop Era during the early 1990s for now defunct record label Suburban Base, notably attaining a UK Top 40 hit with Far Out in 1991."
It's not uncommon for a 'dance' act to have their roots in hip hop. Well, possibly not as much these days and possibly more often in the UK. Another which springs to mind is The Prodigy and it's musical genius, Liam Howlett. Liam used to perform in a little-heard UK hip hop group called Cut 2 Kill back in the mid-Eighties and although they had a few successful singles, he was cut out of the deal. He then concentrated on the Essex rave scene which was in it's early days.
I'd be very interested in hearing your views on this particular track as it seems to be treated like, to quote MC Serch, a step-child. The rave-scene think it's too slow and the hip hop crowd think it's shite because it's by a drum n bass producer.
Listen to it here.
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
I bought my first copy (Animal Records) in the very early Nineties for £15. And picked up another one shortly after in my local second-hand record shop for a couple o' quid.
Now, it's not as if these are very hard to find as they turn up on eBay quite regularly so I'm reckoning that "pop2.0" is using Mr Freddy Fresh's rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
Still, £150 clams is a hefty chunk of wedge for anybody.
Being an aficionado/sucker for all things Wild Style I seem to have accumulated the following:
Soundtrack - Vinyl - Animal Records - 1982
Soundtrack - Cassette - Animal Records - 1982?
Soundtrack - CD - Rhino - 1997
Soundtrack - Vinyl - Beyongolia - 1998 x2
King Kut / Fantastic Freaks At The Dixie - Vinyl - White Label - 1991?
Wild Style 25th Anniversary Edition - CD - Mr Bongo - 2007
Grandmaster Caz & Chris Stein - Wild Style Theme Rap 1 - Vinyl - Chrysalis - 1983
Wild Style Instrumental Beats - Vinyl - Beyongolia - 1998 x2
Wild Style Sampler - Book - 2007
Wild Style Movie - VHS - 1998
Wild Style Movie - DVD - Rhino - 2002
Wild Style Movie - DVD - Mr Bongo - 2003?
Wild Style Movie 25th Anniversary Edition - DVD - 2007
DJ Black Steal The Original Wildstyle Breakbeats Album - Vinyl - Music Of Life - 1990 (in my younger days I did something rather foolish and rather embarrassing with this)
Wild Style Poster - from Tom in Mr Bongo, London - 1998
Wild Style Lesson EP - Vinyl - Mr Bongo - 2007
**UPDATE 3rd December**
Cripes. That's the first time I've ever listed my stuff and I'm a little shocked.
And one of my two copies of the Beyongolia issue soundtrack albums is still sealed. Oh yeah. Box-fresh and oh so sexy.
If anyone's got anything else they want to share (or sell, ahem) let me know.
And I forgot to include:
Wild Style Record Bag
Wild Style T-Shirt
Also, check out this link and you'll see a much cheaper one on eBay. And still sealed, too.
And I've just bought another copy of the Mr Bongo 25th Anniversary Edition on CD. Well, I had to really at only £1.95 with a Buy It Now. For the love of Herc, somebody stop me before I buy again!