Saturday, 14 July 2018

Haynesy - Hip Hop Advocate Album Sneak Preview Review


We at ABU were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of HAYNESY's upcoming album, Hip Hop Advocate.
For the uninitiated, Haynesy was half of the DJ Cue Tips & MC Dashy D partnership (responsible for the classic, 'Control' as featured on the Hard Core One album from 1988) as well as the SLR Crew (South London Renegades) so he has a good pedigree.
Tired of not hearing the sort of stuff he likes he decided to go one step ahead and simply make his own stuff instead. The result of this decision is what eventually became Hip Hop Advocate.
Entirely self-produced, Haynesy has employed the talents of two talented wordsmiths; Scorzayzee and Dweller who proceed to float over the tracks as smoothly as a pint of Guinness and give the set a glaze of lyrical perfection.

There is already a huge buzz about some of the tracks that have already been heard on the radio and no diggidy, you will certainly agree when you hear them.
The album is just going through it's final mastering stages then will be available through the usual audio platforms (Spotify/Apple etc..).
More details when we get them.

Here's a track-by-track run-thru.

1. 1995 ft. Scorzayzee (95 bpm)
An homage to hip-hop five years before the Millennium took place with many namechecks of artists, albums and events of the era. This is a mid-tempo plodder with a Rockit stab which acts as a sealant to keep the funk flowing throughout.

2. Jewels ft. Scorzayzee (93 bpm)
Some nicely-furious rhythmic scratch in the chorus really does propel a song along and this is a oft-repeated tactic here on H.H.A. With Scorzayzee's effortless rhymes acting like a lyrical cosy pillow, DJ Cue Tips' turntable trix act as that early morning alarm bell to wake you from your slumber, albeit in a good way.

3. On & On ft. Scorzayzee (93 bpm)
A great groove on this with some dirty funk guitar licks and brass as Scorzayzee drops his flow.

4 Love 'Em All ft. Scorzayzee (96 bpm)
Dope sparse break punctuated by a Bouncy stab giving way to plucky guitar and snazzy hi-hats on this one.

5. B-Boy Showdown (110 bpm)
A seriously scorching instrumental which as the title suggests is aimed primarily at the dancefloor. With it's uptempo bpm this cut bounces along with some fine production and unloads breaks and stabs at an alarming rate which is destined to provide a highlight to any forward-thinking club night with open-minded dancers.

6. Dusty Vinyl (90 bpm) ft. Dweller
DWELLER is on the mic for this moody "old school banger". Initially punctuated by some sly Meters drums it quickly drops into a mid-tempo, thematic groove.

7. The Limits (82 bpm) ft. Dweller
This first 'slow' track of the album utilises the En Vogue Hold On bassline to tremendous effect here. And if you're after a mic-drop moment, then ,"I took hip-hop and restored it to it's Factory Settings" is certainly it.

8. Portraits (94 bpm) ft. Scorzayzee
Guitar licks pepper the dreamy groove with Scorzayzee's rhymes of how he is perceived by others ("I am whoever made me…however you wanna paint me"). Strictly 4 the head-nodding crew.

9. Brain Tour (96 bpm) ft. Scorzayzee
The brass on this lends the feel of a big band on production - it seems larger than it is and fills any blank spaces in the track with horns, flute and scratch. If your cranium is peckish this a feast for the ears.

10. Bonestash (92 bpm) ft. Scorzayzee
As we reach the end of the session one thing becomes clear - there have not been any rap cliches throughout. The breaks mostly sound as if Haynesy has invited a live funk band into his front room, given then a fresh brew, couple of Hob-Nobs and pressed 'play+record'. Double naughty.





Overall this album is excellently produced and the tracks - although not dirtily-raw - are clean which allow the vocals to shine through without getting muffled in the mix. The choruses all feature a sadly-lost motif from hip-hop of yesteryear and that is, quite simply, the scratch.
Every chorus has a scratch running through it either subtly (The Limits) or more frenetically (Jewels) which automatically gets the ABU thumbs pointing sky-high.
Also what compels me to grin like a loon about this album is that it utilises that not-oft practice in which just one producer gets to layout his sound throughout. This is the opposite of the usual 'too many cooks' approach in which the average album can get lost in the many examples of different sounds trying to be heard from start to finish.
Haynesy, with his unique stamp driven into this project, adds a notable calibre to this UK rap album making it an easy contender for any punter's top 5 long-players of 2018.

And with this in mind, we're giving Haynesy's Hip Hop Advocate album a rating of 4.5 LEEs out of 5.


Sunday, 8 July 2018

Digging 4 Victory Podcast 34 – June 2018

Just a quick heads-up to let you know that the latest Digging 4 Victory podcast is now up and ready.
Two hours of the classiest tunes around all put together by LG (ex-Style Warrior) and there are some absolute crackers this month.
Laid back jazz-funk, retro synthwave, freshly-made funk covers of classic hip-hop plus....classic hip-hop.
With the weather being so bloomin' good to us recently (have we beaten 1976 yet?) D4V is the perfect accompaniment to this heatwave.

ALSO... incoming review of LG's sister project DIG magazine very soon.


Monday, 11 June 2018

Don't Sweat The Technics - Vol 1

Here's a mix I did the other day live on the wheels of steel featuring some Golden Era classics.
I've added a smidge of post-production bits and doo-dads but it's mostly 'as-is' from the session.

Jebus, I dunno... sometimes when I'm on the decks and the music is banging in my headphones it just all feels so good, y'know? We'll never get those days back but the sounds will always be there of a more innocent time.



Have a listen and feel free to share. If you don't then I might have to pay you a visit while you're eating your dinner and knee you in the 'nads.
Sorry, I don't make the rules. Hate the game, not the playa.

Pip pip!
Senor Repo

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Mike Allen Capital Radio Show Friday Feb 1986

Here is a FULL Mike Allen show from the Capital days courtesy of FeverPitch who shared this on his Twitter recently (big up!).
Some great tracks with many being Egyptian Lover is still in there.
I'd love to know more info on the later song (#23) as Mike was being ultra cagey and keeping his card very close to his chest about the details to it. The emcees sound sort of English as well. Intriguing...

Mike Allen
Capital Radio
Friday 21/02/1986

01 Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force - Who Do You Think You're Funkin With?
02  Artists United Against Apartheid - Let Me See Your ID
03 Capt Rock - You Stink

Ads - Penguin Passnotes / Tower Records / Daily Star / Stuart Clean

04 Tablet The Second
05 Pretty Ricky & Booski - It's Mine

Ads - Agnes of God trailer / Penguin Passnotes / Network Chart / Supercall

06 Goon Squad - Powerdrill
07 LL Cool J - Rock The Bells

Ads - 19 Magazine / Pan Am / Commando trailer / Harvey Nicholls

08 Disco 3 - Get Busy
09 DBC Is In The Place?
10 Janet Jackson - Nasty Boys

Ads - Sealink / Mr Love trailer / Feargal Sharkey gig trailer
followed by Weather ("that's not cold, that's antisocial")

11 Just Ice - Put That Record Back On
12 Glamour Girls - Oh Veronica
13 Afrika Bambaataa, Afrika Islam and Jazzy Jay - Fusion Beats (Bozo Meko)
14 MC New York - I Am New York

Ads - Supercall / Pan Am / Feargal Sharkey gig trailer / Harvey Nicholls

15 Super Kids - The Tragedy
16 Egyptian Lover - These Are My Beats

Ads - Penguin Passnotes / Lambeth Recruitment / Supercall / Women's Weekly

The Groove Hip Hop Sales Chart

17 Stetsasonic - Just Say Stet
18 Byron Davies & The Fresh Crew - My Hands Are Quicker Than The Eye
19 Hashim - Primrose Path

Ads - Melody Maker / Video Cafe / Penguin Passnotes / The GLC Black Experience

20 The Incredible Ray (?) A mysterious song that Mike wouldn't speak much on. Wasn't even played from vinyl.
21 The 2 Live Crew - What I Like (Scratch Mix)
22 Lovebug Starski - Saturday Night
23 Davy DMX - The DMX Will Rock

Ads - Agnes of God trailer / 19 Magazine / Holiday Ad





Source

Friday, 8 June 2018

Promo Only: A Visual History of Hip-Hop Memorabilia


Those lovely chaps who used to run Fat Lace mag but now are far too busy with many different fingers in many different pies have a great new book they dearly want you to read.


The book details all the free stuff that record labels would send to shops and journalists in the hope of sealing the deal and perhaps making a certain product more likely to stick out. Memorabilia from the hip hop world is always sought after but when you factor in rare stuff that Joe Public may never have even seen back in the day then this book suddenly becomes super interesting.

The trouble is it hasn't been published yet.
The prototype looks amazing and the authors have content for days. Andrew Emery used to write off to rap labels and received promo stuff then joined HHC mag and got more promo shizz. This then is the journey through his (and Dan 'DJ' Greenpeace) world as his collection continued to grow and grow.

Annoyingly, a project like this needs a hefty injection of financial love if they want to present it as intended so that it doesn't feel like some sad, flimsy, DIY, knock it out yerself collection of pages barely stuck together. And this is where you come in.
Visit the crowd-funding page here and you'll find different ways to help and become an official backer of the project. The more you contribute the more you get.
For instance, £15 gets you an "Ebook and name in back of book" while the "Limited Janette Beckman Print Package" will see you receiving a wealth of fun gifts including "a private game of the Beat Street board game with the authors" for a mere £5k.

All details can be found here. Show your support as this is a very worthwhile project.




Friday, 18 May 2018

Hip Hop Connection Magazine - Issues 7 & 8


Issue #7, August 1989 (LL Cool J front cover)

This issue came with a free flexidisc. However let's not get too excited. The song, Change Your Ways, was taken from the just-released Walking With A Panther album. And even then it was only available on the cassette and CD versions rather than the record.
In summary, it's his not best work from his not best album.

The magazine is here.
The song is here.









 

Issue #8, September 1989 (EPMD front cover)

More hip-hop goodness including the adorable fresh-faced mugshots in the Connections section.

The magazine is here.


N.b. Sorry for the huge gaps in between each uploading of these HHC mags but the response from the blog readership to keep putting them up here digitally is just so ear-shatteringly deafening.
Whoops, I meant of course, non-existent.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Beat Street Japan - New LOVEGROVE Design


Here is the newest design by LOVEGROVE designs. It's a great play on the classic Beat Street logo from the legendary 1984 b-boy film.
Fans of Style Warrior may remember the excellent Beat Street tee they put out a few years ago and this version is seemingly going down the same route as the recent Kold Sweat Records tee with it's LOVEGROVE-remixed Japanese slant.

It's available as a tee or hoodie in two colours (hoodie only in one).
For more info go here:
https://everpress.com/beat-street-japan

But as always, it's an order first, product soon-come affair as the design is strictly a one-off. Miss out and you will forever lose out.




Friday, 20 April 2018

ABU Is 10 Years Old!


Today - 20th April 2018 - marks ten years since the Ageing B-Boys Unite! blog came into existence. Nope, I can't believe it either (I actually thought is was 11 years...).

Why did I start it?
Well, at the time there were a fair few hip-hop blogs around and after a few months of reading them I thought it was time to do one from a UK perspective. Also I had let my creative writing passion continue its' long-term hiatus ever since the days of Juice Fanzine in the 90s.
After seeing the banner written on an early Fat Lace Magazine which stated, "the magazine for ageing b-boys..." I reckoned I could use that. Well, c'mon, hip-hop is built on biting!

The links to every music file I ever uploaded are most likely all dead - mostly because I used the once-great file-sharing platform, Rapidshare which sadly became defunct in 2012. Many of the blogs I used to visit also relied on Rapidshare, too, which meant that all their content went the same way.

What's the future?
Who knows? Anyone who's been a regular over the years will know how quiet ABU! has been of late. Last year I even thought it was all over but, like the great Pete Tong says, we continue. We're not quite done and we limp awkwardly around here in 2018 not quite knowing what we're doing like a senile uncle. If it's okay with you we'll just put our collective feet up on this stool and sit quietly in the corner of the room sipping tea and dunking biscuits until the nurse comes over to administer the medication.
Will we be celebrating in another 10 years? I don't really want to have to think about that as I'll be heading towards a rather large milestone in my life.
But chances are, no.

I made some useful acquaintances over the years through the blog and I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there and I'll tell you that a guy named Supreme was a direct influence because of his blog. This now sounds completely lame because I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the blog he used to run. It did disappear a few years back in my defence.
I remember he once posted links to grab a tonne of (digital) Battle Breaks on one blog post years back which I thought was odd as the concept of digital DJing was still quite a new thing and I didn't rally understand how it worked. How times have changed?

Waxer and Disco Scratch came along pretty early on and we became a worthwhile alliance. This was early social networking.

Another blogger, Warlord seemed to be the epitome of that (awful) 'Tubthumping' song in that every time his blog got busted he came back again and refused to stay down. Although he has not been active for a while now.

And lastly, Ramses has been a long-time follower and I can remember knocking around with him in the golden days of the oldschoolhiphop.com forum. I would say 'R.I.P.' but the board is still going although not like the heady heights of the old days.

The reason for all of life's back luck and anger can be laid at the feet of one thing: Facebook.
Many people jumped ship and now use social media for their everyday news and music links - me included, so I can't complain. I just wish that Blogger  had incorporated Facebook into it's design a bit more then it may have given it a longer shelf life.

Anyhoo, this is me, Repo, wearing a party hat, blowing a plastic horn and about to cut a slice of birthday cake. Want some?

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Roxanne, Roxanne Movie Review

Why'd'ya Have To Make A Movie 'Bout Me...?!


There was talk of a Roxanne Shante screen adaptation some years ago and here it finally is.
This mid/low budget drama tells the story of Lolita Shante Gooden as she tries to make her way through life in early 1980s NYC, specifically the projects in Queensbridge.

It all looks rather clean for 1984, no filthy streets, clothes all immaculate; I imagined a totally different place back then.
Thirteen year-old Roxanne is constantly heralded as the Queen emcee, especially by her best friend who insists of announcing her presence wherever she goes, ("the champ is here, the champ is here"). Sadly though we don't get to actually see much battling as the story is more concerned in showing you Shante's personal battles than those out in the parks and basketball courts.

The REAL Roxanne (left) / TV Roxanne (right)

This is evident early on and we learn how much of a struggle she had with looking after her younger sisters and trying to keep her head up in the Projects. However we do eventually get to see Roxanne's first glimmer of fame as she records that answer record about UTFO up in Marley Marl's crib. The actor playing Marley has a slight resemblance to him and that works in his favour. Actually the actress playing Roxanne not only looks alike at times but has a similar name in real life - Chanté Adams.

We don't get to see a whole deal of the concerts and life in music as I explained earlier which may frustrate some because of course that is pretty much why many wanted this film to be made in the first place. Nevertheless it's a good insight into what made her the feisty young lady she became.

There is some A-list talent roped in to this project such as Forest Whitaker and Pharrell Williams who were two of the many producers, The RZA on scoring duties as well as the 1990s-honey dip, Nia Long (Boyz n the Hood, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and 1/3 Beastie Boy, Adam Horovitz in a short cameo.
However for me though I feel it could've gone a bit deeper into the music as some of the Juice Crew were featured (albeit by actors) and I couldn't help thinking that we could've got some good stories out of them.

Oh, and the less said about the shoe-horned Nas scenes, the better.

Roxanne, Roxanne is available to watch on Netflix here.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

ABU Funk Special Podcast REEEEWIND!


Tonight at 9pm is the ABU Podcast on Disco Scratch Radio.

This is a rewind show from 2013, a Funk Special.
Go to http://discoscratch.co.uk/radio/ to listen.
Go to https://discord.gg/7z3Qk46 to chat.

Check it out. Tonight! 9pm!


**UPDATE**

The above show is now resident on the Disco Scratch server.

https://discoscratch.co.uk/2018/03/29/ageing-b-boys-unite-funk-special-podcast-march-2018/

Tracklist

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01 Rueben Wilson - Inner City Blues (1972)
02 Consumer Rapport - Go On With Your Bad Self (1975)
03 Kool & The Gang - Jungle Jazz (1975)
04 The Bar-Kays - Holy Ghost (1978)
05 James Brown - Escape-ism (1971)
06 Afrique - House Of Rising Funk (1973)
07 Lightnin' Rod - Sport (1973)
08 The 24 Carat Black - Ghetto Misfortune's Wealth (1973)
09 Eric B. & Rakim - In the Ghetto (1990)
10 David Matthews - Sandworms (Dune 1977)
11 David McCullum - The Edge (1967)
12 Pearly Queen - Quit Jivin' (1974)
13 Andre Previn - Executive Party (from Rollerball 1975)
14 Alan Hawkshaw - Blarney's Stoned (1972)
15 Nick Ingman - Tense Preparation (1972)
16 Synthesonic Sounds - House Of The Rising Sun (1973)
17 Jean Jacques Perrey - E.V.A. (1970)
18 Gang Starr - Just To Get A Rep (Step In The Arena 1990)
19 Cat Stevens - Was Dog A Doughnut (1977)
20 Keith Mansfield - Teenage Chase (1969)
21 Krug Manfred - Wenn Der Urlaub Kommt (1976)
22 Johnny Pate - Shaft In Africa (1973)
23 Cookie Crew - Born This Way (1989)
24 87th Off Broadway - Moving Woman
25 Sweet Linda Divine - I'll Say It Again (1970)
26 The Chocolate Jam Co. - Chocolate Jam (1979)
27 Archie Bell & The Drells - I Can't Get Enough Of Your Love (1979)
28 Jackson 5 - It's Great To Be Here (1974)
29 Seals And Crofts - Sweet Green Fields (1976)
30 Tom Scott - Today (1967)
31 King Curtis - Instant Groove (1969)
32 The Politicians - Free Your Mind (1972)
33 Dennis Coffey - Getting It On (1974)
34 Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street (1972)
35 Gil Scott Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (1970)

Thursday, 22 March 2018

New Steinski Stuff!

Double Dee (L), Steinski (R)

What's this? New Steinski material? And WITH Double Dee as well? Yoinks!
This is What's The Angle? - Double Dee featuring ADA and is in that typical cut 'n' paste style we've come to know, expect and demand.
New track from Double Dee featuring ADA! In this first official collaboration Double Dee invited long time fan ADA into the Double Dee and Steinski family to help answer the question "What's The Angle?"

“What’s the Angle” is in the same bag as some of my previous productions, "Jezebel" and "Who Owns Culture #2", all which have a decidedly rock feel and use elements from classic recordings. As you’ll hear in the track, there are samples from more than a few sources - some more well known than others. See if you can find them!
Listen below and go to the Bandcamp page to grab a high-quality copy.




Also check out this recent Steinski piece. It's a very downbeat and sombre audio collage in ode of the recent school fatalities of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month.


More links...

Why not check out the rest of their Soundcloud page here (as well as here) with many other goodies including remastered versions of the legendary Lessons tracks. Excellent stuff.
And while you're scootin' all over the internet, here's the Double Dee and Steinski Official Site.
You may find yourself here for a long while.





Thursday, 15 March 2018

Roxanne Shante Is Coming To Netflix




There's a brand new biopic coming to our screens exclusively on Netflix on March 23 all about the legendary Roxanne Shante aka Lolita Shante Gooden.
Produced by Pharrell Williams this gritty drama deals with Roxanne's early life and the trials and tribulations that take place as she suddenly becomes hip-hop's hottest property.

Fingers crossed that this will be a very worthy watch as hopefully the fact that this is not something that the world is screaming out for - no disrespect intended to the Queen of Rox - so maybe there will be a feeling of passion put into this rather than something just knocked out quickly because it's the flavour of the month.


Further reading:
The Story of Roxanne Shanté: How a Teenager From Queens Became Rap's First Female Star 

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8221694/roxanne-shante-interview-netflix-biopic-rap-star

The Return of Disco Scratch Radio - TONIGHT!


Tonight sees the return of Disco Scratch Radio back to our airwaves at 9pm just like it always was.
And word on the street is... this could well be a regular thing.


Disco Scratch Radio will be back on air tonight (Thursday 15th March 2018 @9pm) and Waxer is introducing a new section to the show for each live broadcast, entitled "ABU! in 3"
This part of the show is for any member of the Ageing B Boys Unite Facebook group who wishes to interact by selecting 3 records that represent them.
These records DO NOT have to be hip hop.
In fact you can have anything you feel represents you.

The general schedule for Disco Scratch Radio is a live show on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month (with the ABU! in 3 section) and 2nd and 4th Thursdays being Polystylism/Digging 4 Victory and sometimes an official ABU! Podcast on the last Thursday of the month.

So how do you get involved?
Simply inbox us direct with your 3 selected record choices, a few lines about who you are and why you chose those records and any crew shout outs.

The Group Inbox address is here:
ageingbboysunite@groups.facebook.com

Wax will do the "ABU in 3" section just after his rant, "Views At Ten", so expect the ABU bit around 10.15pm.

Hope you can get involved and please remember, inbox only for submissions. That way we can discuss choices in the live chat.

Anything else?
Oh yeah, please try to get your submissions in at least a week before a scheduled show. The next live show will be next week 22nd so start getting them in!

Audi 5000...

Tune in tonight from 9pm at the usual place:
http://discoscratch.co.uk/radio/

Join the chatroom, too:
https://discord.gg/7z3Qk46

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

New From Haynesy Feat. ddubble - The ddubble EP


Do you remember a UK rap compilation album called Hard Core Volume 1 from back in 1988? One of the best songs on it was Control by DJ Cue Tips & Dashy D.
It turns out that one of this duo (Matt) is a member of the ABU Facebook Group and casually mentioned the fact that he was part of the album. Well, it also turns out that he has made this lovely little two-track beauty (as 'HAYNESY').

It's digital only but he would much rather get a physical release out, too.
Support it here: https://ddubble.bandcamp.com/album/ddubble-ep



Also, speaking of that Hard Core comp, there was a cut called Into The Music by one MC Krazee A aka Nihal Arthanayake.
Some of you might recognise the name Nihal as that guy who presents on the radio (BBC Radio 5 Live, Asian Network) as well as appearances on tv (The Wright Show).
Well, isn't it a Krazee world....

Monday, 26 February 2018

New From REMARK - Book Of Fear

New heat from Remark telling it like it is over a dope, retro synth-led banger!




https://remark.bandcamp.com/track/book-of-fear

#MarketplaceMondays

Over on the ABU Group on Facebook we have a day dedicated to spam. Big old meaty spam.
Yes, for one day of the week you can push any old tat you wish to all the members of the group - DJ mixes, music productions, artwork, gigs, events...
But that is it. After 24 hours the 'No Spamming' rule is back-n-effect.

"Egg and bacon; egg sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg bacon and spam; egg bacon sausage and spam; spam bacon sausage and spam; spam egg spam spam bacon and spam; spam sausage spam spam bacon spam tomato and spam; spam spam spam egg and spam; spam spam spam spam spam spam baked beans spam spam spam, or Lobster Thermidor au Crevette with a Mornay sauce served in a Provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pate, brandy and with a fried egg on top and spam".


https://www.facebook.com/groups/ageingbboysunite/

Astrosphearz' 80's Hip Hop Mix

I was just cleaning out my Spam folder over the weekend and came across an email from Astrosphearz.
It's a really, really well put together of 80s rap tunes. The reason I'm giving it props is due to the fact that the selection is top-notch - some lesser-heard songs get shine - and there has been a lot of effort put into producing the whole mix. It's not just a case of blending for an hour but some excellent editing has gone into this as well as some esoteric thought behind what goes where.
Oh, and it doesn't hurt to have some shit-hot scratching, too!
I urge you to check this.

Apologies to Astrosphearz for the slackness.







Sunday, 25 February 2018

ABU Podcast #68 Space Funk Special DOWNLOAD

Did you miss the ABU Podcast which was broadcast on Disco Scratch the other evening?
Here's the link. Two hours of space-age hip-hop, electro, funk and rock breaks.

Tracklist in comments.



or go here.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

ABU Podcast 'Space Funk' - This Week



We're back this Thursday (22nd) with a themed Podcast.

Broadcasting exclusively on Disco Scratch Radio (http://discoscratch.co.uk/radio/) at 9pm, get over there NOW so you can select which player may suit your device's needs best.

Bring your headphones.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

New ABU Podcast 'Space Funk' - Coming Soon


We've been a bit quiet lately but fear not as there's plenty going on here at ABU Towers.

Coming soon - aiming for the last Thursday of Feb - is the latest Podcast. It will have a 'Space Funk' theme and so far sounds pretty good. There's so much that can be categorized under this theme, much more so than anticipated that it will be difficult in deciding what to eliminate to make the show's usual two hour runtime.

More details soon.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Rise of Graffiti Writing - From New York To Europe


I'll begin by wishing a Happy New Year to anyone who still visits the blog!

What I have for you here is a series of ten videos detailing the rise of graffiti from its NYC roots to its eventual worldwide dominance in this Germany-produced project.
I haven't seen this yet but a quick glance at some of the videos shows figures as LEE, Charlie Ahearn, Futura 2000 as well as some more important European luminaries.

This is the blurb (as translated via Google Translate)

From the beginnings of New York in the 1970s to the outbreak of the paint virus in the mid-80s in Europe: in ten episodes, the documentary series traces the history of graffiti culture. Starting from Graffiti's mother city, New York, early-hour writers tell how the movement sloshed from the United States across the pond to Europe in the 1980s, and from 1983 onwards, from Amsterdam, Paris, and London, like wildfire all over Continent spread. And the story continues...
Here's the link >>>>>
https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/RC-015348/the-rise-of-graffiti-writing/

Many thanks to DAYLE for spotting this.
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