Monday, 28 September 2009

Track Of The Day # 7 Krush Style

This is a little obscure track from the obscure label, Sound Makers.
From 1986 is today's track of the day, namely Krush Style by JD Krush. It's little known but is a real heavy, crushing drum machine smash of a tune.

Sound Makers only released 4 songs which was the aforemoentioned Krush Style, Just Having Fun by Doug E Fresh, Doin The Cos by Greg G & T Money and the Cash Money track Scratchin´ To The Funk by Doctor Funnkenstein.

Listen to the track below and download it here.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Afrika Bambaataa - Bambaataa's Theme (Unreleased Version)

Did you know that there was another version of 'Bambaataa's Theme' that was never released?
Let me know what you think.

This is the 'official' mix that you're probably more used to.

Saturday, 19 September 2009

RIP Roc Raida

It is with great sorrow that we have to say goodbye to yet another talented creative soul from this earth in 2009.

Grandmaster Roc Raida (Anthony Williams) died today from as-yet undisclosed details, although there are rumours that there may have been complications from a vehicle collision.
RR was most famously known for his turntable skills within the New York dj group The X-Ecutioners who at one time consisted of Rob Swift, Roc Raida, Total Eclipse, and Mista Sinista.

Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Patrick Swayze, John Hughes, Jade Goody, Sir Bobby Robson, Natasha Richardson, David Carradine, Wendy Richard, Keith Floyd, DJ AM, Ted Kennedy, Les Paul........

Please listen to Built From Scratch and raise a glass to such a talented man.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Track Of The Day # 6 "Reckless"

I got this in my head yesterday and it's been there ever since. So I want to share it with you.
Such a brilliant drum arrangement and before Ice got well in touch with his gangsta side, here is Ice T & David Storrs - "Reckless". Hook up your headphones so you can really appreciate the bassline.

DJ Wildthing EP - 5 tracks

This is a really superbly put-together set of tracks using modern technology on some classic electro songs by DJ Wildthing. I'd never heard of him until someone mentioned him over on the DS forum but this is definitely worth listening to.


1. Baker's Revenge
2. Lesson EE Pt II
3. Renegades Of Funk - Zulu Funk Edit
4. UK Fresh Mix
5. Hobo Scratch 05 (Scratch Mix)

Check DJ Wildthing's website here

"The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire...!"

Thursday, 17 September 2009

The Juice Crew Movie

It appears that there is an upcoming film all about Marley Marl's Juice Crew. We're talking Hollywood here!
So far The Vapors is going to feature Roxanne Shanté, M.C. Shan, Tragedy, Biz Markie and Tyrone 'Fly Ty' Williams. Cuba Gooding Jnr is to play the man Marley Marl. And there's a strong rumour that Nas will play Kool G. Rap.

So who's going to play Biz Markie? Master Ace? Craig G? Are we going to see Grandaddy I U and Diamond Shell on the silver screen?
And if there's going to be the story of the crew with the juice then surely they've got to have the Bridge Wars? Who's gonna be KRS?

This makes me want to watch Krush Groove all over again. "No more auditions!", "Box.....!!".

More details here

N.b. Just to make it clear that Roxanne Shanté, M.C. Shan, Tragedy, Biz Markie and Tyrone 'Fly Ty' Williams won't actually be acting as themselves in the film but professional actors will be doing that.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Disco Scratch Forum

Just a reminder to everyone to get your asses over to Waxer's Disco Scratch Forum.
It's the number one spot for all your strokey-beard stories and chin-waggin adventures about the UK old school hip hop scene.

----------- click here for the Forum ------------------------------------------------

And if you haven't done it, your help is needed to fill in the blanks on the DS Database for every little conceivable piece of UK hip hop history or anecdote you may have cooped-up in yer craniums.
Some examples of items you'll find are Groove Records, Streetsounds, Westwood, Bombin', Bad Meaning Good, UK Fresh 86 plus many more.

----------- click here for the Database ---------------------------------------------

To paraphrase my man Scenes, you should be on it like Lisa Riley on a cheeseburger.

n.b. If you're the kind of person that likes to SEE what you're blindly clicking on first then here are the URL's in full.
All this trouble....just click on the damn link, y'idiots. Some people.....

Forum -

Database -

Love & hugs,

x x

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Flash - Still Rocking

Who said old school is old hat?

Every summer in Crotona Park in the Bronx there is a succession of (free) block party jams featuring the REAL old school of hip hop.

Hosted by Grandmaster Caz, these jams bring back the spirit of the party funk of the 70's with such legends as Grandmaster Flash, Kid Capri, Grand Wizard Theodore spinning the breaks. Yes they still continue even today - and why not?

Here's a vid of Flash cutting and scratching from a recent jam.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Waterloo Hall Of Fame

I was down in London last weekend to visit the first day of Notting Hill Carnival. I met up with some of the old crew on the train and proceeded to scooch along to some of the sound systems.
In attendance was Mark the old school master, Dynamite Duane, Jazz Jon (Justin), and the legendary Guildford writer, RELIC.
At Waterloo Station REL wanted to show me a new Hall Of Fame which I hadn't heard about as I haven't been in the city for some time now.
About 2 minutes out of the station there is a tunnel running under it which is covered in some superb pieces. I was a bit taken aback as there was a phenomenal amount of art everywhere.

I recommend anyone checking it out as it's really close and easy to get to, especially if you've got a Travelcard.

Below is a short vid I took on the day. Apologies for length but I'll take more footage next time.....

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Streetsounds Electro Volumes 14 & 15

All volumes up to 11 had 'Electro' on the side, Volume 12 had 'Hip Hop Electro' and Volume 13 dropped the 'Electro' making it less prominent by placing it in the left-hand corner.
There's hardly any electro as we know it here and it has made the shift towards more sampling with Breaking Bells ("Take Me To The Mardis Gras") and South Bronx ("Funky Drummer") paving the way.

Street Sounds Hip Hop Electro 14 (1986)

Herbie Laidley on the mix.


A1 Awesome Foursome - Monster Beat
A2 Tricky Tee - Leave It To The Drums (Here Come The Drums) (Club)
A3 T La Rock - Breaking Bells (Club)
A4 Mixmaster Gee And The Turntable Orchestra - The Manipulator (Extended Version)

B1 Divine Sounds - Me And My Posse
B2 Fresh Force - She's A Skeezer
B3 M.C. Chill Featuring Beatmaster T - Downbeats
B4 Skinny Boys - Rip The Cut

"You big dummy!"

Street Sounds Hip Hop Electro 15 (1986)

Mastermind on the mix.


A1 Duke Bootee - Broadway
A2 Skinny Boys - Awesome
A3 Kurtis Blow - The Bronx
A4 Boogie Down Productions - South Bronx
B1 Just-Ice - Cold Gettin' Dumb
B2 Faze One - Layin' Down A Beat (Censored Version)
B3 The Move - Greedy Girls (Extended Version)
B4 Captain Rock - Bongo Beat
B5 Faze One - Stronger Than Strong (Remix)

"I'll only use this type of style when I choose it"

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Old School Block Party @ Trafalgar Square 4/09/09 11 pm

Funk Trafalgar @ Trafalgar Square 4/09/09 11 pm

A quick piece of breaking news....FunkMasterFlanagan will be attempting to get the centre of London on their feet and on the floor for an old school jam.
Yes, this Friday 4th Sept at 11pm for one hour only Trafalgar Square's 4th Plinth transforms into a oneshop stop of fun, funk and foolishness in an historic event.

"As part of the Anthony Gormley “one and other “ exhibition. I ( dan "funk master" flanagan) will be standing on the plinth blasting out tunes - provided and backed up by the those extremely party leading, butt shaking, excruciating funky cats from , True Ingredients and energy super heroes from Student Switch Off and will be leading a fancy dress funkalong in aid of Teens Unite Fighting Cancer."

There is support from Mello, Silver Bullet and The Cookie Crew.

More details here on Facebook.

What is The Fourth Plinth?

There is a live webcam here.
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