Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Podcast Reminder

It's almost the end of the month, folks, so you know what that means.....

And co-incidentally that last day of the month just happens to be a Thursday.
The monthly ABU! Disco Scratch Takeover Show is this Thursday (31st) and is guaranteed to be rammed with so much good music and dopeness that you know money just can't buy.
If this month's show was a food, it'd be bangers and mash. With gravy. And peas.
Truss, blud. Ya don't wanna miss. And that.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Electric Breakdance (1984)

Who remembers this? Or even the whole slew of breakdance instructional records that came out in the mid-80's?

This comp was better than the others out there in that it used the real songs rather than those pony cover versions that crept out into the record shelves ready to be snapped up by young, impressionable, unsuspecting youths.

Having said that....there are a couple of dodgy tracks on here, ha,ha.
A very strange reworking of Herbie Hancock's 'Rockit' has been included by 'BT & The City Slickers' who somehow missed the whole point of the song - there's supposed to be scratching on it!
This album is worth it for this one track alone and the truly 'innovative' use of synthesizers which are trying their best to emulate D.St's handiwork.

The more eagle-eyed or nerdy among you may be thinking that you've heard of old BT before. Something not quite on the level is afoot here. BT & The City Slickers appeared on another breakdance instructional record - also, like this one, from K-Tel - albeit as 'Alex & The City Crew' on the comp, Breakdance.

Hmmm, spot the difference......

Now, that album had the same front cover photo but featured a white background. Watch out as well because the tracks are all homemade versions. BT is getting busy with his knock-off Herbie Hancock effort again and also in attendance is the rather schoolboy humour-ishly titled,  Joy And The Sticks who attempt a version of Deniece Williams' 'Let's Hear It For The Boy'.

Anyway, back to the first version. Included in the download is a photo of the unfolded 'Breaking Moves By The New York City Breakers'. Yes indeed.
We have the path to enlightenment in 5 simple-to-follow headings.
  • Electric Boogie/Body Poppin'
  • Moonwalking
  • Top-Rocking
  • Footwork
  • Headspin
There's even a little rhyme to help you push your street moves to the limit ("You're a great shaker, but try these other moves to see if you're a breaker").

A great slice of hip hop history.
Here's the tracklist but my pick is a toss between Twilight Kingdom and Jam On It.

A1 -  Newcleus - Jam On It 7:54
A2  - Double Vision - Clock On The Wall 4:28
A3 - Whodini - Magic's Wand 4:19
A4 - D-Train - You're The One For Me 5:10
B1 - Twilight 22 - Electric Kingdom 3:59
B2 - Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel - White Lines (Don't Don't Do It) 4:04
B3 - G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid - Play That Beat Mr. D.J. 5:09
B4 - B.T. & The City Slickers - Rockit 3:53
B5 - Run-DMC - It's Like That  4:47


Electric Breakdance

More details of Electric Breakdance is on Discogs

Wednesday, 16 March 2011


....or UK Fresh '11.

Yes, the 2nd version of the legendary UK Fresh '86 is coming to The Scala, London on Saturday 16th July 2011.

There are some big acts lined up including Newcleus, Captain Rock, The B Boys, Grand Mixer D.ST and maybe Freestyle ('Don't Stop The Rock').
This is more than exciting to me as;
a) I never got to go to UK Fresh '86 and
b) Hearing some classic Electro being performed live may just blow my mind.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Filthy Flarn Filth - coming soon!

In the next few months I'm thinking about doing an ABU! Podcast with the theme of filth.
Yep. Dirty. Rude. Nasty. Too $hort. Kool Keith. Andrew Dice Clay.  The sort of thing that might get us kicked off the air.

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