The ABU & Disco Scratch Summer Madness!
Well, we've both talked about it, chewed the fat and given you hints but now both myself (Repo) and Waxer can finally give you the whole damn skinny on the event of the summer.
The date is Saturday June 22nd, the event is Summer Madness where you will find yourself maxing and relaxing in the company of other like-minded members of the whole Ageing B-Boys and Disco Scratch fraternity.
You need no reminding of how exactly it is that we roll. We put on no airs or graces and refuse to take the whole hip hop mindset as seriously as we may have once done as an angry young African Medallian-wearing teenager.
Just like the evening surely will be at Summer Madness, the mood is mellow now and all we want to do is kick back and chill with a cool bottle, can or glass of our favourite tipple, chinwag and listen to some great, classic hip hop and cot-damn funky breaks.
Whilst there you will be chatting to people that previously you may have only communicated with in the Disco Scratch chatroom but now you can see what they are like in person!
Pull up a chair, discuss the finer points of nodding your head on the up or downbeat with JimCee and Bit; discover just what goes into preparing the finest cookies with LG's Biscuit Roulette; ask Mrs Waxer in person if it is actually a diploma or a degree? The sky really is the limit, folks.
We have purposefully decided NOT to call this event a jam because we are not booking any acts to perform. However due to the spontaneity of this culture we love (not live, c'mon unless you're Westwood) then if anyone feels like dropping some lyrical outpourings on the mic then, just like Aviva Insurance, we got your back.
We have plans for you all to get interactive up in here should you wish to. Two activities that are designed to keep you steppin', brother man, are Rap Karaoke and Scratch-aoke. Get on the microphone as the liquid refreshment is the key to unlock that patter you've kept locked in your dome for 20 years and unleash it over a familiar beat.
Drop that famous scratch you've practiced so many times over your favourite tune. Scratch like Eric B and win a prize!
Summer Madness will also bring to you something that Waxer and myself feel is almost unheard of, especially around hip hop circles.
This is an effort to get family together. The Disco Scratch Thursday Night Wives are cordially invited, nay, begged to attend this gathering. And not only that but if you have kids then WE WANT THE SHORTIES!
Yes, we are proud to give you a special event that will give your kids the opportunity to shine and be a part of the day. For two hours the music selection will be provided by the dj's of tomorrow. Your cherished offspring can play 4 or 5 tunes each and get a taste of what being behind the wheels of steel with a booming system is like. Don't have vinyl? We have Traktor. We got your tunes. We taking care of bidness, yo.
The sun will shine. And what else do we need to keep the funk flowing? This party needs a Hip Hop Pub Quiz, you say? Way ahead of you, tough guy. Like the J-Beez, we got it like that. Teams of 4 are needed here - however Whirlwind D is in a team of one, possibly bound and gagged to let everyone else in with a chance. Drop the knowledge and prove to your missus that all those years of reading vinyl run-out grooves have certainly not been in vain.
With the sun beating down on your baseball hat, we're sure the need for grub will be most anticipated along with your bring-your-own-beer. A BBQ with the sweetest meat this side of The Real Roxanne will be handled by a team of hip hop honeys to provide you with a mouth-watering selection of chicken, burgers, sausages and ribs.
And of course a Bouncy Castle and Water Slide for the little 'uns and a Hot Tub for the mums and dads.
The whole thing kicks off at 2pm with the booming system toned down to a chilled-level at midnight where we can carry on until the small hours.
The venue is in a large, spacious house with ample parking in a quiet lane situated in the South-East of England.
This is not only a family affair but a modest one, too. We are keeping the numbers down to 40 adults.
Tickets are £10 each and a Family Ticket is available at £30. A one adult/one child option is also available at £15.
(The above Paypal button has cut-off the information on the Single Ticket option. It should read: Single Ticket (One Adult or One Child).
The last date to purchase, should there still be tickets available, will be Friday May 31st. Don't sleep on this.
This is a non-profit event and should any profit be made it will go straight back into the kitty to buy booze! How you like them apples?
Thursday, 26 February 2009
There's 12 rips here in this zipped bundle including live audio from Melle Mel and some Mike Allen interviews (Real Roxanne, Doug Fresh....and more) and Mike chatting about the upcoming Fresh 86 show.
Dazzler Tape Rip 1
I've tried i.d.'ing the tracks for your pleasure but have some gaps where some songs are elusive to my mind. If you know them, contact me (MAIL ME!)
1. Original Concept - Pump That Bass
2. Beastie Boys - Hold It Now Hit It
3. BDP - South Bronx (#6)
4. Steady B - Stupid Fresh
5. B-Fats - Woppit
6. Afro Recan Connection - It's Live
7. Afrika Bambaataa & Family - Funk Jam Party
8. Ron and the D.C. Crew - Ronnie's Rap
9. Run DMC - You Be Illin'
10. Just Ice - Back To The Old School (#2)
11. Disco 4 - Throwdown
12. DJ Shadow - not THE DJ Shadow but someone who keeps talking about 'killer bees'.
13. Afrika Bambaataa & Hardrock Soul Movement - Funky Groove (#9)
1. The Show Boys - Drag Rap
2. Captain Rock - Bongo Beat (#10)
3. Kurtis Blow - The Bronx (#5)
4. V The Viper - Vandy C and Bill Blast
5. Ice T - Doggin The Wax (#8)
6. Wooly Reasonable & Yo Culture - You're The Only One
7. Phase 1 - Laying Down A Beat
8. Duke Bootee - Broadway (#3)
9. Beastie Boys - It The New Style (#1)
10. The Move - Greedy Girls (Gold Card Mix)
11. Bose - Bass Overdrive
1. Fission - The King Of Swing
2. Glenn Miller-sampled track ?
3. Turntable Orchestra - The Manipulator
4. The Maniacs - Crack, Crack Don't Do It
5. Steady B - Get Physical
6. Kraftwerk - Musique Non Stop
7. Biz Markie - Make The Music With Your Mouth
8. Mighty Rap Specialist - Order in the Court
9. Kool Moe Dee - Go See The Doctor
10. Don't Be Flash (Inst) - Richie Rich
11. Kurtis Blow - Kingdom Blow
12. Just Ice - Cold Getting Dumb
1. Twilight Zone jingle
2. Marvin Hagler Record ?
3. Run DMC - It's Tricky
4. Spyder D - My Whole Life Flashed
5. T.C. Islam - Party Pooper
6. 3 Wize Men - Refresh Yourself
7. True Mathematics - After Dark
8. Rockmaster J
9. ? - Games People Play?
10. Public Enemy - Public Enemy #1
11. Egyptian Lover - Freak-A-Holic
12. Eric B & Rakim - I Know You Got Soul
13. Maceo - Cross The Tracks
1. The Classical II - Rap's New Generation
2. Fearless Four - You Can't Rock Us
3. Mr. Wax Master Torey & D.J. Sound Machine - 12 Inches The Hard Way
4. Marley Marl Ft MC Shan - He Cuts So Fresh
5. A UK track, possibly Simon Harris??
6. California Girls - Cali Boys
7. Ultramagnetic MC's - Travelling At The Speed Of Thought (#12)
8. Biz Markie - Nobody Beats The Biz (#3)
9. Numarx - Rhymes So Def (#1)
10. L.A. Dream Team - Citizens On Patrol
11. Noel Rockwell Featuring The Poet - Beat You Down
12. Jungle Fever - Kinkina
Chew on these for now. There's more good music coming soon.
Sunday, 22 February 2009
Thursday, 19 February 2009
I thought it was time to add some more Electro's to the blog and rather topically we arrive at Electro Volume 10. Topically in that it contains one of the best electro b-boy classics to ever grace the series which is currently flavour of the month courtesy of Cadbury's marketing department.
Electro 10 is actually quite a good volume to own as it contains The Most Expensive And Rare Electro 12" Ever Probably™, namely Star Raid.
The volume starts off exceedingly well with Tricky Tee and oozes mastery with Mantronik on the drum machine - check out those snares and clap on the intro.
The Queen Of Rox is in fine feisty mood on Bite This and has a nice go at all sorts of artists as she reclaims her throne over a very nice Marley Marl production. The Dynamic Duo bring on a sense of history with their King Arthur-alike Knights Of The Turntables. I love the little JB samples mid-way through the track.
Run DMC start off the beeside with their not-really-recorded-live, live-sounding Together Forever - listen to that 808 kick, uuuugh! Craig G provides this album's only 'meh' track, although with the competition as high as it is here then judged on it's own is still a worthy contender. Takes you back though with the 'Robots in disguise' sample. My man Optimus Prime.
DJ Born Supreme Allah changes the mood to a scratch session. Like the use of scratch-panning.
This brings the album up to a close with the last track Don't Stop The Rock which as I've already mentioned is a doozy. Currently on tv now and previously completely ripped off by The Freestylers, this is a seriously fine example of what Electro was.
A1 Tricky Tee - Johnny The Fox
A2 Roxanne Shanté - Bite This
A3 Dynamic Duo featuring Shaquan - Knights Of The Turntables
A4 19th Fleet - Star Raid
B1 Run-DMC - Together Forever
B2 MC Craig G - Transformer
B3 DJ Born Supreme Allah - Two, Three, Break
B4 Freestyle - Don't Stop The Rock
And so onto Electro 11 and you can now, in retrospect, see a change in the music. Concentrating less on space-age themes and twirly synths and more on real-world issues, albeit not exactly serious ones (Success Is The Word, Butt Naked).
Kicking off with a well-sampled intro in Roxanne Shanté's Def Fresh Crew which features an early appearance from the Diabolical Biz Markie. A crashing, thundering and very much Monster Beat from the Awesome Foursome follows and Captain Rock states his anger of smelly butts ("wash your ass" or at the very least give it a wipe).
Get Busy is a track I love with a very nice drum machine beat. And Electro 11 is the first time we were told of a guy named KRS One in the studio group 12:41 which also featured Scott La Rock and B-Boy Records labelmate LEVI167. The other great thing about this record is that Mantronik was also involved - well it was on Sleeping Bag!
What about the B-Boys' Girls?? In my prepubescent years this was err, an awakening, ahem.
Now, the 2 Live Crew was either one of those groups you loved or hated later on in their career but in the early years they weren't as extreme. I would listen to the Scratch Version again and again just not believing Mr Mixxx' tricks.
It's a case of 'always the bridegroom never the bride' for Hashim's Primrose Path as Al-Naafiysh (The Soul) is always the tune that gets put on the latest breakdance compilation rather than this one. I like it though as it has a nice quirkiness to it.
What were Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde all about anyway? Fun, that's what! Who would sing about being in their birthday clothes these days? Coldplay? Girls Aloud?
A1 Roxanne Shanté - Def Fresh Crew
A2 Awesome Foursome - Monster Beat
A3 Captain Rock - You Stink
A4 Disco Four - Get Busy
A5 12:41 - Success Is The Word
B1 The B-Boys - Girls - Part 2
B2 Stetsasonic - Just Say Stet
B3 2 Live Crew - What I Like
B4 Hashim - Primrose Path
B5 Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde - Butt Naked
And some good news you may have heard a whisper about is that Morgan Khan is getting back in the game again.
'Tim' left some comments in the 'Demise Of Streetsounds' post about the return of Streetsounds.
"Streetsounds is about to relaunch in the UK on CD and Limited Vinyl in 2009 more than 25 years later.
The new series will focus on and be entitled "Electro Breaks - Volume 1"
Check out the new website http://www.streetsoundsmusic.co.uk "
If you check the bottom of the page of the website you'll see the first Streetsounds Electro Chart. And who's number 1? Well thanks to Cadbury's, who else could it be. The rest of the top 5 are actually really good as well, still keeping the real electro elements.
Future releases include an official UK Fresh 86 release? Can you believe that?
Check out the forum as well which is pretty empty at the moment and needs your help to fill up. Get over there people! I'm there already, saps! Look out for me under REPO136.
n.b. Just realised I never posted volumes 8 & 9.
Here they are:
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Well he's still around but now makes his living on New York's Hot97 as DJ Kayslay.
He used to be a really skinny dude but here he is still remembering his roots.
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
This is a concert recorded in 1987 (?) at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
Originally broadcast on Dave Pearce's A Fresh Start To The Week on Radio London 94.9 Nite FM it features a 22-minute performance from Run DMC. However the rest of the concert (not broadcast) consisted of The Beastie Boys, Whodini and LL Cool J.
Listen out for dodgy Jamaican accents and "dick-grabbing time" during the performance.
And now my 'obvious Dave joke'.
Ahem, "Dangerous" Dave Pearce? - the only thing dangerous about him now is the amount of cholestorol from all the burgers he continues to shove down his mush.
1. Here We Go
2. Together Forever
3. You Talk Too Much
4. Raising Hell
5. Peter Piper
6. Rock Box
Another sureshot ripped & edited by Bobby D.
This is a 45-minute performance of Herbie Hancock and the Rockit Band, Hammersmith Odeon, London, Jan 30, 1984.
Listen as Grandmixer D.St hypes the audience before going into the his ubiquitous 'Rockit'.
MP3 ripped and edited by Bobby D, oh yes.
He originally put it on for 150 British quid but now has knocked off a fantastic £30 to bring the total down to a bargain basement, credit-crunching £120!
What are you still reading for? Get yourself there pronto and Buy It Now
I reckon he spends the rest of his life - whilst not busy dreaming up laughable ebay prices - as a part-time comedian. Why? Check out the jaw-dropping prices of his other items.
Now, I prefer Bruce Willis The Actor to Bruce Willis The Singer though I'll happily hum along to his rendition of Under The Boardwalk. But I draw the line on paying £85 for one of his cd's.
Try to identify the tune based on the break.
There is a vocal snippet from the Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids show followed by Jefferson Starship's "Rock Music" (1979) before the tune based on these starts at 2min 40s.
If you get it before then you are an old school master.
When you hear the sample during Fat Albert it'll definitely make you smile as it's so unexpected. Give it a listen!
Saturday, 14 February 2009
More goodies soon....
Friday, 13 February 2009
I recently received an email from Bulli which contained a link to his website where I could check out his own personal tribute to Steinski.
Entitled Lesson Z (as in Zed, bed, dread...it's British, yo) this is one hell of a mix. Utilising a lot of the same samples as heard in the original Steinski 'Lessons' and then some, you'll hear even more than Steve put in his tracks.
Martin (aka Bulli) has pushed the envelope to include some original dialogue from the same Vietnam documentary that Paul Hardcastle plundered for his famous 19 single from 1985. To say I'm a little envious don't even cut it, bud. Bulli's got it like that, people.
It all adds up to a brilliantly-crafted piece of sexiness which if I could, I'd quite happily take out for dinner and invite back for coffee.
Listen to Lesson Zed below. Your life might just depend on it.
Sunday, 8 February 2009
Apologies for lack of Blogs recently but I should be back with a vengeance shortly as I'm finally going to have some time to catch up.
Bobby Dazzler has been busy with his C-90's and I'll soon be bestowing you all with some of his hidden gems of yesteryear such as Herbie Hancock & Grandmixer D.St, Run DMC and Public Enemy all live shows, as well as some old LWR and Mike Allen radio shows.