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?
Monday, 28 September 2009
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
Let me know what you think.
This is the 'official' mix that you're probably more used to.
Saturday, 19 September 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.
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
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.
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
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
It's the number one spot for all your strokey-beard stories and chin-waggin adventures about the UK old school hip hop scene.
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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.
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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 - http://discoscratch.co.uk/forum/index.php
Database - http://discoscratch.co.uk/dsdb/index.php?title=Main_Page
Love & hugs,
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Sunday, 6 September 2009
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
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
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
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 discoscratch.com , 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.