Friday, 27 February 2015

Jorun Bombay's Funky Drummer Edit

This was made almost a year ago by the genius producer Jorun Bombay. He finds the best pieces of Funky Drummer and explodes them further.

ABU Volume 2 - Eclectic Boogaloo - SOON!

ABU February Podcast LINK

Last night was the return of the ABU Podcast for February, show #48.
As it was half the running time of a usual show Deathhop kindly stepped in to provide the second hour.
The mix he showcased was good. In fact it was more than good, it was great. No, it was f***ing outstanding.
It was done by a Japanese guy by the name of DJ 440 and the mix is called Check This Killer Mix which is no mean over-estimation. There are some seriously precise scratches and edits employed in here which meld the many, many classic hip hop tracks together a treat.
Deathhop had not heard the mix beforehand so was essentially playing it blind and it was as much of a surprise to him as it was to everyone else listening in.
I urge you to download it here.

And a personal thanks to RUSE for the IT help he provided in the chatroom ;-)

The latest ABU Podcast is available here and the tracklist is below.

01  Ice T - Colors -
02  Dr Dre - Nuthin But A 'G' Thang (Club Mix) -
03  Chrome & Illinspired - The All CNI
04  Big Daddy Kane - On The Bugged Tip
05  3rd Bass - Gladiator (Main Mix)
06  LL Cool J - It Gets No Rougher
07  Herbaliser - Wall Crawling Giant Insect Breaks
The Funk Trunk
08  Marvin Gaye - What's Going On (1971)
09  Jungle Brothers - What's Goin' On
10  Theory 77 & DJ Format - Oh, That Waxer
Roots Of The Roots
11  Madness - Night Boat To Cairo
12  Waxer - Breakin' On A Real Space Train
13  Chrome & Illinspired - Nerve Centre

Thursday, 26 February 2015

The February ABU Podcast

Tonight 9pm-10pm The ABU February Podcast.

A shorter show than normal this month....

Get the live stream at:
Get in the chatroom at:

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

ABU Guesting Tonite on The Hip Hop Sessions

I'm guesting again tonight on Future Radio's The Hip Hop Sessions with DJ Just-1 from 10pm.
Expect plenty of classic hip hop, electro and breaks….

Listen live at from 10pm until midnight.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

How The Latin Rascals Mastered the Megamix

Two extremely important guys in the world of electro

This is probably the most comprehensive study of the Latin Rascals you are ever likely to read/hear.

These two guys unwittingly influenced my young mind way back when in those heady days of my home-made pause-button tapes and later when making music and edits on computer. The dedication it took to do these incredible audio edits on 1/4 inch tape doesn't bear thinking about but I'm so glad that they did.

First of all click play below then go here to read the background, courtesy of

The Get Down - A Netflix original series from Baz Luhrmann

Sparse details at present but if this trailer is anything to go by then we could be looking at a very nice US drama in a year's time.
From visionary Baz Luhrmann, and told through the lives and music of a ragtag crew of South Bronx teens, The Get Down is a mythic saga of transformation in 1970s New York City. Arriving exclusively on Netflix in all territories in 2016.

'Doin' Time in Times Square' - Charlie A's NYC Home Video

Here's a genuine slice of authentic New York City history.
Allegedly shot from his 43rd Street apartment window from 1981 to 1983 - there are discrepencies in this as at one point you can hear Biz Markie coming from a boom box which must've been around 1988 - this 40-minute video was shot by film maker Charlie "Wild Style" Ahearn.
It's an interesting view of the seedier side of NYC life even if a little eye-opening at times.

Thanks to Dayle for finding this!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Record Review - Time Waits For No Man (45)

Whirlwind D - Time Waits For No Man - BLN011

A) Time Waits For No Man - produced by Phil Wilks cuts by Specifik
AA) One, Two featuring Rola & Specifik

White 7" vinyl

The Nicest Guy In Hip Hop© returns with another vinyl offering. This time it's a double-header 45 on the ubiquitous B Line Recordings label and my, my, it's certainly a grower.

The A side, Time Waits For No Man, is a broody, bass-rumbling, bluesy snorter with a sharp, snappy, snare-led break in a mid-tempo style and fashion.
Mic Master Whirlwind D dispenses with the boast-rap - something he has done more and more as of late; an evolving sign of resulting maturity, perhaps - and offers an ode to the perils of procrastination ("Time's up, you gotta act now or retire").
B Line honcho Specifik gets biz on the wheels in the chorus which is always a highlight of a good hip hop tune as far as I'm concerned. This practice is very much in vogue at present and any MC that is prepared to give the dj some shine is well worth some of your time.

Master Ace gave us examples of what to expect when posting high, D is merely trying to help us onto that same path but with a much more reserved British demeanour. Take heed.

 The flipside features a duet with Rola on the mic, who is arguably Bristol's most omnipresent legend (ex-Numskullz crew). The first thing that hits you when listening to this initially is the dirty, funky, porn groove that conjures up images of heavily-mustacheoed men in white overalls carrying over-sized toolboxes whilst flirting with lonely, clothes-phobic housewives.
Yes, the beat oozes that lazy head-nodding niceness that sounds great on the radio. This time around there is a heady aroma of street skills and bragginess spoken over 28 bars each (no real chorus as such) ("Conceived with a mic and a mixer in the womb, fed lyrics from a young age with a dual-speed spoon") which is a departure from the A-side and shows a variety rather than a monotonous stuck-in-the-same-groove tedium that curiously some artists think is what makes enjoyable listening.
Again, more super, superb scratch from Specifik who gets to do his thing after the lads have said their piece.

Overall another banger not only for Mr D but for B Line as well which further cements their proven track record for top quality UK rap product which should have them picking up the crown previously held aloft by Simon Harris' Music Of Life label.
The only snag about 45s is that musical sacrifices have to be made. In this case two great songs but no room for the instrumentals. However, like a can of Lynx deodorant from Poundland, it's a small price to pay.

Available now from on limited edition WHITE vinyl. Add it to your collection while you can.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

ABU Album 2 Launch Podcast Upload Show #47

The inaugural return of the ABU Takeover show on Disco Scratch Radio went exceedingly well last Thursday night with a wealth of listeners and chatters in the chatroom. A great response and certainly a positive indication of the year ahead.

Be sure to check this link out from the master of the Disco Scratch himself, Waxer, with some great words about the show.
ABU is a small extension of myself and only continues because of all your wonderful support and that can be anything from just reading this blog occasionally, leaving a comment, being in the chatroom during a show, 'Following' the ABU Facebook page or sending me an email. Whatever you do, that's the kind of support that makes me realise that there are many other like-minded individuals around the globe and gives me the kick up the bot to carry on.

Here is the link to the show from last week:

And below is the tracklisting.

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