Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MC Shy D - DJ Man Cuts It Up


Always rated Shy D back when I was breaking so buying this was a no brainer. 4Sight's pressings weren't always that great - the flimsy vinyl doesn't help - but it's very listenable and a good reminder of how we used to listen to music. I'm still trying to make some of my workmates understand but they shake their iphones at me and tell me that's all they need. My vinyl will last longer than your telephones you fuckers. That's what I tell 'em.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Masterdon Committee - Get Off My Tip


This has been on heavy rotation just recently. I remember John Peel playing it and remarking on how fresh Pebblee sounded and she still sounds fresh today. Brilliant record.

Monday, August 25, 2014

C-Jam & Kid Frost - Commando Rock


Bank holiday Monday in England. Pissing with rain as usual. No way am I visiting any garden centre or diy store. This day was made for listening to fresh electro jams from commando rockin' '84. While you do the ironing..

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Rhythm Radicals - Dig The Move


Bought a copy of this again a few months back, only cost a couple o' quid, a decent record obviously highly influenced by PE but I think I'm going through some sort of crisis and need to get all the records I used to have to complete my collection. Then I'll stop. No, I will.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Newcleus - Computer Age (Push The button)


I remember playing this on the radio and got complaints for talking over the end bit. Not this time though.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

M.C. Flex & The FBI Crew - Rockin' It


Here's another Beat Street Records purchase and the first time I heard it was at the youth club at a school on Myrtle Road. There were some guys who lived further up the road than we did and they used to come down and battle us at first before we kinda teamed up and there was this one guy who had a tape with stuff I'd not heard so I had to be impressed with his breaking skills in order to get the tape that had this on it from him. I was successful in doing that but having said that he did have some skills on the cardboard, the windmills were his specialty as I recall but I had more variations, you know, hands on your chest, hand on your knees, behind the back, etc. Oh, the glory days when I was young. And thin(ner).

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fat Boys - Can You Feel It


How about some Fat Boys? I still have their first album which is great as it was the first long player I ever bought by a hip hop group and this tune in  particular was and still is one of the highlights.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Moving...(Maybe)




I think I'm gonna have to move. I had an email recently stating that from 5th June I won't be able to log in using my existing email address I have with my current ISP and would have to create a gmail address which I did and have consequently messed things up behind the scenes and am no longer an administrator of this blog. My partner seems to have disappeared and I don't know his email address to fix things so if I want to carry on as normal, (and I think I do) then I'll be continuing things over here from 5th June onwards. None of the content on here will be deleted or moved to the new place either and if stuff is duplicated at the new spot then that's just me and my age. If this logging in problem doesn't actually become the problem it threatens to be then things will carry on here as normal. See you soon..

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

MC QP - I'm Hard


MC QP's only release is a mixture of hardcore hip hop and the almost verging on house music style electro so you can take a guess which is my fave on this particular 12". 'I'm Hard' was on a tape I acquired at school from 'the new guy' - I think I mentioned him before - and I was blown away. It didn't occur to me at the time but it's an obvious homage, I think rather than 'bite' of Run DMC's game changing classic, 'Sucker MCs' and a track I would forward or rewind to regularly because it was so, well, hard. Only one of my mates actually picked up a copy along with myself which I found puzzling but what the hell, they all started listening to house music anyway so fuck 'em. I'm joking of course. About the fuck 'em comment, not the house music. Well, part of me is. I hate that shit. That's why there's little mention of 'Hello Baby' over here. I don't like that tune. It was never on that tape I had either so I'm not the only one.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Downtown Science - Radioactive


A bit of a leap forward this one if recent entries are to go by to 1991 and probably the best record of their short career. Sam Sever had been around a while before teaming up with Bosco Money for a couple of singles and a pretty decent LP. I had the other single off the album, 'Room To Breathe' but it fell out of the sleeve when I was getting out of my car after a deejaying sesh at a mates house and it skidded across the gravelly road runining one side completely. The worst part was one of my neighbours saw it happen and he he was also in the deejay 'profession' - weddings, birthday parties, you know, that kind - and he made some sarcastic comment which pissed me of a little. Still, I could mix and scratch and he couldn't. Probably.

Friday, April 04, 2014

UTFO - Leader Of The Pack


UTFO had their moments. I wasn't keen on their debut release but I bought it all the same. This was always my fave though; picked it up some years back now, still sealed and a steal at two and a half quid. The emcees had skils but it was always the deejay I was interested in. Mixmaster Ice was underrated I reckon. He had that particularly cool scratch where you had to be real quick on the cross fade and do a kind of double back and forth with the record whilst doing the same with the fader, difficult to explain and I hope you know what I mean but it took me years to perfect but I did and I was the only one in our 'circle' that could. I don't know any other deejay that did that scratch; there probably was but he was the first I ever heard that did. Later releases didn't interest me that much. I bought a couple more of their LPs, 'Skeezer Pleezer' and 'Doin' It' but they just sat in the crate for years with little interest shown so they eventually went the way of the bay. Full Force's production skills were alright I guess but their harmonising on some of UTFO's stuff is ok for some but it's not for me, thanks all the same. 'Bite It' comes a close second to this for me which I'll get at some point no doubt, until then this is the only slice of wax I have but I think it's their best.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

D.E.F. Featuring DJ Three D - D.E.F. Momentum


Hated this for such a long time but it gradually grew on me so I got myself one. Back in '85 I personally preferred the harder, less melodic style and unlike just about all of my mates of the time I always loved the sound of the vocoder, of which this has plenty.

Monday, February 10, 2014

CD III - And You Know That



My second fave CD III track and once again it's a b-side jam. This is the Canadian release and as you can see, they spelled the crew's name wrong. The a-side, 'Summer Jam' is ok but forgettable and has never really had a regular spot on the mp3 playing device. Still, this is a memorable one from a tape I had in my mid teens and I like it a lot.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

MC Craig G - Shout


Massive beats were a big thing for me in '85, still are, and I reckon this is one of the biggest beats ever made. Still one of my all time faves, a little worn these days as I've had it some years now but heavy as hell on the eardrums. Nottingham old school legend Masterscratch used this on loads of his mixtapes, particularly the 'Def Mix' on the flip. I cannot for the life of me remember who I got all my Masterscratch tapes from but I had about 5 in total and to me they were priceless as there weren't too many scratch djs around who were doing their own tapes and were actually any good. A possible point of interest is the production credit which is down to 'Double M Eye' which I would bet is one of Marley Marl's aliases but I'm unsure so maybe someone in the know could confirm that for me. Killer tune.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Party Rock Crew - Which School?


Here's an old Mike Allen spin from '87 which I only bought a few months back as I forgot all about it. Some might say it's worth forgetting but I like it and it was another bargain at 3 quid so I snapped it up. There's not a great deal on my wants list from this particular year as I would say hip hop in '87 was a bit of a mixed bag but this is pretty decent.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Kid Frost - Terminator


Classic electro business from '85, first heard for many UK b-boys on Streetsounds Electro 9, me included. My youngest brother bought volume 9 but I inherited it after he lost interest in hip hop along with brother number two many years back. 'Rough Cut' was my first experience of Kid Frost's mic style - it was on a tape I borrowed off a casual acquaintance which I remember almost having to beg for - and to this day I still can't decide which is the better of the two. This is the second press, the original I remember having a yellowy coloured label but that kind of thing never bothered me; it's all about the music. And most of the time the memories too.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Kaptain Jam & The Mighty Finesse - I Can't Stand You


Bought a copy of this last year after trading my original purchase in the late eighties and I think it's a pretty fresh jam. A mate of mine bought it on a London trip and I had it within a couple of weeks 'cos he used to play records to death and get tired of them fairly quickly. I was guilty of doing the same occasionally but he now has zero records in his collection and I still have a few and it's steadily growing back again to where I think it should be. If I still had every record I'd ever bought it'd be in to the thousands and I'd need a bigger place but sacrifices had/have to be made 'cos not everything you buy is a winner. 'The Way We Rock' is the B-side cut which I used to prefer but after a recent re-cap I'm not so sure. It only cost me three quid too.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Robbie B & Jazzy J - Rock The Go Go




How was Christmas then, alright? We're back with a boom with this corker, so good that Schoolly himself had to have it for his own label and twinned it with 'Jazzy J On The Scratch' which is also a very tasty offering but not quite as good as the A-side in my opinion. The OG had the scratch version as a seperate track to the vocal cut but they've been conjoined here to make one big beat fest. 'Boogie Down' has also been omitted from this release but they're both pretty easy rekkids to pick up so I'll re-buy the other one another time when there's nowt else more pressing to spend my hard earned dosh on. Happy new year and I'll hopefully continue where we left off although I'm thinking of mixing it up a littlewith the older electro cuts and some old school UK action but we'll see.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Cut Master D.C. - Santa's Beat Box


I wanted to be able to scratch like the Cut Master real bad. I would say he was the first major influence on me as far as scratching goes but if I'm honest I never quite got it the style I was looking for before I gave up in the early nineties. Listen to track 3 at around 2:08 and tell me that doesn't still sound dope today. Happy Christmas readers.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Def Defiance - Rhyme Children/Chemical Attack


Bought myself one of these last week and it's dope. Limited press 7" single on nuclear green vinyl with colour picture sleeve. You know you want one so get one here:  www.blinerecordings.bigcartel.com
B-Line Recordings is fast becoming my favourite label, only missed this one so if there's any left I'd like a copy please.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Cut Master D.C. - The Night Before Christmas


Well, it's almost here and I've resisted for a few years now but here's a fresh 320kbps rip of one of the Cut Master's better releases. The absolutely bangin' drums on this one still do it for me every time I hear it.
Part two of TTBOD does Christmas next week..

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Aleem - Release Yourself


Another classic from the NIA label and Streetsounds Electro 5 which still sounds fresh today. I never actually owned Electro 5 until years after it was released but I recorded a copy off a mate, ('Home taping is killing music' - sorry Morgan but we all did it) a few days after he bought it in '84 and that particular mate at that particular time thought this was the best record he'd ever heard. I disagreed as 'The Buck Stops Here' and 'B-Boys Breakdance' were harder sounding what with me being a b-boy and all but I still bought a copy as it is an astoundingly good record.
p.s. I'm currently ripping a couple of Cutmaster DC Christmas tunes so get ready..

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Prime Time - So Damn Tuff


The TR808 is legendary as far as hip hop music is concerned and it appears to have made a comeback in recent years so why can't these new cats use it properly? Here's how it's done.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Supreme Force - You Gotta Come Out Fresh


Always liked this one, had it since '86 too, this is my kind of record. Crews bouncing off each other before passing the mic, you know, the Cold Crush or Fantastic Five type of thing. Everybody around this time had to be influenced by those guys and it's evident here. Tough beats, solid rhymes, and they're called 'Supreme Force' so it was a no brainer for me. NIA was a decent label too.

Friday, November 15, 2013

MC Chill - MC Story


I think MC Chill is under represented on these types of things. My first listening experience came via a tape one of my brothers got from a new kid at school - I think I made a reference before - and he presented it to me with marks out of 5 for each track and he gave 'Bust This Rhyme' a '2' which, I think is pretty unfair as he 'left' hip hop around the same year and now listens to anything from Pearl Jam to Bing fuckin' Crosby so I give him '0' out of 5 for that choice. Anyway, an online acquaintance showed me a youtube vid of a live performance of Mr. Chill upped by the man himself so I thought I'd dig this out to show some respect and enthusiasm I guess for a decent 12" from '86. My personal fave is 'Downbeats' so I might get around to that at some point if I remember. I really think ' The Prophesy' is one of his worst but, what the hell.