The proposed date is Saturday 17th November 2012 however the venue is not yet confirmed. As much as I enjoyed The Scala at last year's Reunion I would say that the sound system left much to be desired. Being primarily a music event this would certainly have to be high on the list of priorities to get right.
The acts confirmed so far are actually pretty on the money as far as you'd expect from the Street Sounds label. Fatback Band, Leroy Burgess, Shannon, Davy DMX, DJ Cheese and Chad Jackson are on the bill at the time of writing with many more to follow.
I would personally love to see Davy DMX performing The DMX Will Rock being that it is one of my favourite songs of the Mike Allen era. Also - and this is just between you and me - I've heard a rumour that Cheese and Chad will be attempting a recreation of the DJ battle from those series of albums (on Champion Records, I believe) that featured a top UK and a US dj on the B-sides. Remember them? I'm sure CJ Mackintosh and Jazzy Jeff were on one of them.
Also news of the frankly, quite exciting upcoming release of CRUCIAL 4. Check out the artwork and you could quite believe that this was actually a postponed release from the late 1980's. There's some superb choices on there, too. Check this out.
- Awesome Foursome “Monster Beat”
- Dynamic Duo feat. Shaquan “Knights Of The Turntable”
- Disco Four “Get Busy”
- The Egyptian Lover “My House On The Nile”
- Divine Sounds “What People Do For Money”
- Jamie Jupitor “Computer Power”
- Papa Austin With The Great Peso “Wrong Girls To Play With”
- Marley Marl feat. MC Shan “Marley Marl Scratch”
- Shantelle “Love Attack”
- The World Class Wreckin Cru “Surgery”
I wasn't that enthused with any of the recent Nu Electro albums and firmly believe that Electro should stay where it was. Sadly the music has evolved and the stylings of that genre cannot continue in this day and age. Ironic really when you think about how futuristic and space-age a lot of the songs were about.
Crucial 4 will be released at the end of this month on the 30th. It should be available on vinyl, too although as always with any current SS release it will be LIMITED EDITION. Please don't start me off with my feelings on Street Sounds' marketing as I am feeling quite calm and happy on this particular Sunday afternoon.
I will just say that I wish the company would just for once stick to their ethos of love for the fans and treat them like human beings by allowing them to buy the music as they wish without forcing them to purchase the goods for fear of - shock - missing out.