Tuesday, 30 June 2015

ABU! / Style Warrior Tee & Hoody

Ladies and gentlemen, in conjunction with STYLE WARRIOR I am very pleased to announce that as from today there is a brand-new ABU! t-shirt available to purchase.

Featuring the much-loved and iconic font as found on many NYC b-boy and DJ crews in the 1970s, STYLE WARRIOR have given it their unique spin and have produced a perfect design for the ABU! massive.

Not only just a tee but also up for grabs is a top-quality hoody in the same colours and design which will be perfect for wearing during those nippy Autumn evenings.

Available in a range of sizes, head over to http://www.stylewarrior.co.uk/abu-shirt/ now to make your purchase as with all Style Warrior stuff, this is a pre-order item only. Plus you need to order ASAP as they will only be available for a limited time. In fact you have until Sunday 12th July to order. After that the option to buy is gone.

A big supa-dope shout to Martin @Style Warrior for the fresh designs.

You know you need one of these. Remember what happened when the original ABU! shirts sold out? Don't let it happen again!

Order NOW!


Friday, 26 June 2015

Watching My Name Go By (1976)

This is one for anyone with an interest in original New York graffiti.
Part of the BBC 1970s Omnibus series, New York, New York is essentially two documentaries in one with both of them concentrating on New York City's art scene.
Part one ('Saturday In Soho') shows the experimental, spontaneous art scene including dance, music improv and some dope airbrushing. The doc dispenses with inane narration and lets you watch for yourself the happenings which gives it a proper fly-on-the-wall feel. Just brilliant.

Part two however, is the one to really get the goosebumps going. Entitled Watching My Name Go By, this documentary as with the first is a real life look at the goings-on in the city at the time.
We're talking proper old school tags here and the beginnings of when productions were just beginning to become more confident.
Watch the kids just blatantly tagging anything in sight! It's a brilliant slice of organic, self-expression the likes of which our kids' generation will sadly never experience.

Watch it now on BBC iPlayer - this may be limited so hurry, hurry.

Also, check just the graffiti part if you prefer as some kind soul has kindly uploaded it to Youtube (albeit with a few audio substitutions)

Many thanks to Lee Lawrence for spotting this (and I think LG did, too)


Boogie Down Under - The Sunday Rewind

This Sunday I am lucky enough to be featured on Dayle 'The Shift' Dickson's Boogie Down Under Radio Show, live from Oz!

Listen in on your internet device from 11am - midday on Sunday 28th June to hear my special Crumplestock/Heroes mix.
The link is here: http://mixlr.com/the-boogie-down-under-radio-show/

If you are Facebook-inclined then check the Event Page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1643031195941128/

Mr Please Please Himself Reepz

June 2015 ABU! Podcast - DOWNLOAD

Here's the link(s) to last night's ABU! Show.

Thank you to all that joined in the chat and a special cheers to all the requests. If you have one for July's show then drop a line in the comments.

Download #1

(Direct source: https://hearthis.at/kxdhfWHR/51ageing-b-boys-unite-podcast-abu-ds-takeover-show-june-2015/)

Download #2

Awesome Supa Dupa Troopa Repo


ABU Show 51 June 2015

01  Mark Snow - X-Files Theme
02  David Hasselhoff - True Survivor (from Kung Fury Soundtrack)
03  Kid Flash - Mind Your Business (Steve Halstead)
04  Phill Most Chill - On Tempo Jack (Myk)
05  Joseph Koo / Wang Fu Ling - The Killing Fight (from The Big Boss Soundtrack)
06  Dilated Peoples - Work The Angles (Wock)
07  3rd Bass - Ace In The Hole
08  All C n I Live Set - Pt1
09  The Stop The Violence Movement - Self Destruction
10  Stetsasonic - Talkin' All That Jazz (Banzai)
11  Gunshot - Patriot Games

The Funk Trunk
12  The Blackbyrds - Rock Creek Park
13  Manzel - Space Funk
14  Dexter Wansel - Theme From The Planets
15  The Simonsound - Tour De Mars

16  Osymyso - Apothegm (The 'Marmite' Track!)
17  Public Enemy - Harder Than You Think (Banzai)
18  Jive Rhythm Trax 122BPM
19  Paul Hardcastle - 19 Whiz Kid Mix
20  Ron B  - Stitch By Stitch 99
21  All C n I Live Set - Pt2 (Bill's Bit/Telly/JB Beat/Live Cutting)
22  Mystery Scratch Track!
23  Deliverance - Dragon Dance (Fortune Cookie Mix) 2015
24  Black Sheep -The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)

Reggae Section
25  Cutty Ranks - Limb By Limb
26  Capleton - Armshouse
27  Cutty Ranks - Who Say Me Dun 
28  Jah Screechy – Walk And Skank

29  LOTUG - Sleep For Dinner (Remix)
30  pomDeter - Eddie Cheeba Skit
31  Young Disciples - Step Right On

Thursday, 25 June 2015

That Olde English Font - Found?

Now I've been looking for the classic old school font used on many tees and sweaters throughout the 1970s and early 80s and it seems to have been found.
'Found' is probably the wrong word as this font has been recreated rather than discovered.

Anyway, the other day I went out into the big bad city of Norwich armed with my birthday cash in my sweaty hand on a mission to find a hefty supply of good tunes to purchase from the veritable supply of record shops.
Needless to say I went home disappointed after finding nothing. In fact the only records that showed any promise were in Sound Clash but after checking the prices soon put them back (£29.99 for a remastered 3 Feet High & Rising....seriously?).

So I stomped home and after a brew and a Twix to try and calm me down I decided to buy (yes, as in 'spend my own cash on something off the 'Net') the Grandmaster Clash font.

You can purchase the font itself for your PC or if you wish buy some iron-on letters - as this was the intention of them in the first place, right?) - although I have to say that I'm a little disappointed that the Playboy Bunny symbol isn't included in the font pack yet is in the iron-on letters. Ho hum.

What are you waiting for? Go, go, go!

Grandmaster Clash Font

Iron-On Letter Set:

June 2015 ABU! Podcast - Tonite!

It's time for the ABU! Podcast.
Tune in to http://discoscratch.co.uk/radio/ tonight from 9pm sharp to hear myself as I takeover the usual Disco Scratch radio show in pure ABU style.
We've got a likkle bit of everything this month but full of that old school flavour you expect.
Thanks to all who sent in requests.
If you can't tune in then the download will be up to grab soon.

Your Lord and Master, Repo

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

No Half Steppin' - June 2015

It's almost time for this month's No Half Steppin' jam in the official home of hip hop in Norwich - The Rumsey Wells pub.
I'm spinning alongside DJ Just-1 on the wheels of steel this coming Saturday (20th June). Ill Bill on the mic (or headphones if he's forgotten his mic) keeping things flowing.
This month's special guest DJs are two big ABU supporters (and local lads) - JimCee and his brother Bit who will be wrecking shop in the dj booth.

Expect cracking hip hop, fine funk and of course, some eclectric electro.

Free entry as always. Doors open at 8pm.
Actually they're open pretty much all day but there won't be any turntables with that hippity-hoppity stuff until later.

Splendid and tremendous.
See you there.

The Grand Incredible Reepz La Rock

ABU Live on The Hip Hop Sessions - DOWNLOAD

As promised a couple of weeks ago here are the downloads from The Hip Hop Sessions show (June 2nd 2015).
The Hip Hop Sessions On Future Radio with guest DJ REPO136 (Ageing B-Boys Unite!) June 2nd 2015.
All vinyl, all live.
Tune in every Tuesday 10pm http://futureradio.co.uk for the best in classic hip hop with Just-1 & Guests.
Split into 2 x 1 hour files.

Part 1 - DJ Just-1


01 Steady B - Serious (1988)
02 Eazy-E Ft MC Ren - Ruthless Villain (1988)
03 Latee - No Tricks (1988)
04 Lakim Shabazz - Black Is Back (1989)
05 Brand Nubian - Wake Up (1990)
06 Da King & I - Flip Da Script (1993)
07 Gang Starr - Step In The Arena (1991)
08 Jaz - Hypocritters (1991)
09 Biz Markie - Young Girl Bluez (1993)
10 Organised Konfusion - Keep It Comin' (1994)
11 World Reknown - How Nice I Am
12 EPMD - Never Seen Before (1997)
13 The UN - What They Want (2004)
14 The UN - Get Yo ****** (2004)

Part 2 - Repo

01 Cypress Hill - Hand On The Glock (1992)
02 Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud - Super - Casanova (1988)
03 Gang Starr - Positivity (Remix) (1989)
04 A Tribe Called Quest - Check The Rhime (1991)
05 The Pharcyde - Pork (1993)
06 Whirlwind D - B-Line Business (2015)
07 De La Soul - What's More (1989)
08 LOTUG - Check It (Remix) (1992)
08 Gary Byrd And The G.B. Experience - The Crown (1983)
09 Blondie - Rapture (1981)
10 Pieces Of A Dream - Mt. Airy Groove (1982)
11 James Brown - Mind Power (1973)


Reepz - Da Coolout King

Monday, 15 June 2015

Egg, Bacon and Spam; Egg, Bacon, Sausage and Spam

We all get it. So why am I posting about it?
Well, this is probably a pretty futile post as the intended group are most likely to not even read this.

I get spam email every day in my ABU inbox and let me say there are a lot of people around who seem to think that by blindly firing off messages and links to random bloggers will somehow generate interest.
It won't. Of course it won't.
Think about who your intended audience is. Nine times out of ten I am not that audience. I have enough going on in my stupidly busy life to stop and listen to whatever crap you've managed to spew into your computer's hard drive and pass off as entertainment.
Do you know me? Do you know what my blog represents? You've actually annoyed me and have pushed all my 'angry' buttons because of your ignorance in sending me something which if you had done the plainest bit of research would have told you that this is not what ABU is about.

Now usually I just click delete and move on when I see any spam mail trying to sell their wonderful music but sometimes I will actually give in and have a listen just to reaffirm my belief that this really is a waste of time.
And sometimes I will review it.
Well, why not? They've taken the trouble to search me out and send me their stuff so why not do what they ask?
I feel it's long overdue a good old roasting so sometime in the not too distant future I shall pick one email at random and give it a thorough listen and thus report back to all you good people, the ABU fellowship.

In the meantime here is a great list of 'no-no's' sourced from the Dub Dot Dash blog.
9 things to NOT do when emailing music blogs 

1. Add Bloggers to Your Mailing List Without Giving Them a Heads Up
I don’t know who you are, yet I’m suddenly on your mailing list and there’s no unsubscribe button. At least send an email to let me know you think I’ll like the music you plan on blasting out. It’s even worse when the email blast says things like “this song is different than what you heard last time“. “Last time”? I don’t even know who you are.

2. Buy Lists of Email Addresses

People compile lists of blog addresses they found on the internet and then sell them. To me, buying these lists is almost as shady as buying followers. Someone added my contact email to some Australian blog list, and now I get a ton of emails inviting me to shows in Australia. I’ve never even been to Australia. [I get this a lot -don't invite me to your showcase in London/New York/Austin without checking my location!]

3. CC Your Email Blasts
If you’re sending a press release to a bunch of blogs and CC all of us, I can see everyone else you sent the email to. BCC us. Otherwise, I’m going to look at the lists of email addresses and see what types of sites you grouped me with. If I don’t like them, I probably won’t listen to your music.

4. Write Excessively Long Subject Lines
When you’re writing a subject line for your email remember that anything beyond 11 words will probably be cut off in the inbox view.

5. Get the Blogger’s Name Wrong
If you’re cutting and pasting the body of the email into new messages and personalizing it, be sure and proofread. You might have forgotten to change the name of the blogger or the title of the blog. It’s not always the end of the world, but it could prevent you from getting your foot in the door.

6. Only Send Links to Music
There’s a link to a SoundCloud track in this email, but that’s it. Why should I click this? Who are you? You don’t have to send an entire bio, but at least say hello and tell me what this link is.

7. Be Overly Casual

I know this isn’t a job application or the New York Times, you can keep it casual when you send an email pitch to a blog. However, there is such a thing as being TOO casual, especially if you have no prior relationship with the blogger. Don’t unnecessarily throw in words like “shit” and “whatever”, it’s distracting. “I like to sample my guitar recordings as if they’re someone else’s records or whatever”“producing shit on my computer”

8. Lie About How Much You Love the Blog

Bloggers can tell when you’re lying about being a devoted follower of their blog. “I’ve been following your blog, it’s great” is often followed by a link to music that sounds nothing like what I post. If you’re not going to do your research then don’t lie about it. If you really do like a blog, specify what you like about it.
9. Spam Bloggers 
One producer has everybody on his team emailing me every time he puts out a new remix, which is every week. I get four emails about the same song every week. I don’t even remember what this guy’s music sounds like, but I don’t like it. It’s okay to follow up a few times, but don’t be excessive."

The Mighty Mic Master Reepz

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

New Mike Allen Blog

There's a new Mike Allen blog out in cyberspace called Mike Allen Hip Hop Hero.
Written by Stephen Quayle it's good to read anything on this legendary man. Good work, fella. It's early days but keep it up!
Go to http://mikeallenhiphophero.blogspot.co.uk

Shout to Sanjoy of the Vinyl Injury Crew for spotting this.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

THe Hip Hop Sessions - TONITE!

ABU! is guesting LIVE tonight with DJ JUST-1 on The Hip Hop Sessions.
Tune into Future Radio http://futureradio.co.uk/

2 hours of classic hip hop and funky grooves from 10pm.
You really should listen!
Download soon......
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