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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Cold Crush Brothers - Fresh, Wild, Fly & Bold

My second CC4 12" and the only other one I ever owned and it's my all time fave. I remember seeing a the best b-boy crew in the city, Smac 19,  on the local evening news around '84 which is when I was still breakin' but the interest in the music and desire to get the records was beginning to take over. They were dancing to 'Cold Crush: It's Us' and it blew me away, loved it instantly. Didn't cop this copy until I got a job and was earning though, probably around '87 or '88 courtesy of Beat Street records and I still have it today. 1984, what a year.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Cold Crush Brothers - Heartbreakers Party

Just finished watching a four part series on Sky Arts over here in Blighty called 'Hip Hop Evolution' which was originally shown on Netflix I think. I was expecting a lot of time being spent going over the same old ground, same folk interviewed, etc. but it was pretty surprising, Kurtis Blow, Grandwizard Theodore, even Schoolly D made a brief appearance, too many to mention really but GMC himself was the most entertaining for me, proper old school emcee that's worth listening to. So, obviously I dug out my CCB rekkids - I only have the two- and ripped 'em at three twenny for y'all so here's the first of the two. B-side col' rocks the hardest yo.

Friday, June 08, 2018

Ninja Crew - We Destroy / Baby T. Rock

Another one I had on an old Mike Allen tape that I loved when I first heard it but it was the b-side he played and never the a-side, to my knowledge. I often wondered if he listened through the records before broadcasting his show or if he just played the b-sides by accident. Still, nice accident if that was the deal. I only got my copy about three years ago and it sounds decent considering the 4sight pressings were pretty average. I like 'We Destroy' but it's the b-side that kills it for me.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

King Tee - Paybacks A Mutha

This is another Mike Allen sure shot I bought in '87 after hearing it on his show but by then hip hop was on the rise and it was now National Fresh so no need to make trips down to that London any more. I bought this one a few weeks ago as I traded my first copy as was the norm back then. Tee's debut I think and it's a corker.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Easy Mike - The State We're In / It's Too Political

There's some talk on discogs re this 12" about it being the first time the break from James Brown's  'funky drummer' was heard and I would certainly concur with that. The record itself for me is not that exciting but I have it only for the memory of hearing that break for the first time and being blown away. I don't think I really knew what it was after being bombarded for a couple of years with ball bustin' drum machine beats. I got in to breaks not long after this record and bought all the UBB LPs over time which I still have today. This is ok really. Reminds me of Mike Allen's radio show too, which is nice, God bless 'im.

Monday, April 23, 2018

MC's Of Rap - Domination

If you're looking for a firin' bass heavy electro banger then you're in the right place. Been after this one for a bit but no UK sellers had it on offer until a few weeks back where I stumbled upon this little beauty for just shy of a fiver. The sound of '86 is back y'all. Well, it should be.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Jazzy Jeff And Fresh Prince - The Magnificent Jazzy Jeff

Another heater from JJ & FP from '87, his killer transforming styles made me wanna worship him like a god. Looks as though Jive didn't pay him the respect I did though; check the spelling of his name on the instrumental version. Never mind, tune's pure fire!

Monday, April 09, 2018

DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince - A Touch Of Jazz

Been feeling this one over the last few weeks, a brilliant record and a very easy pick up these days if you never managed to bag one in '87 like I did. Jazzy Jeff was like some kinda god to me when I was trying to perfect the transformer scratch, made it sound super effortless and very easy. I bought one of those Gemini mixers that him and Cash Money used and it made the job easier but the crossfader wore out quite quickly and getting a hold of spares was difficult, especially if you lived in the UK and the internet wasn't invented yet. Never had a mixer as easy to use since that one though.
Have a listen to this if you've not heard it for a minute.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Roxanne Shante - Roxanne's Revenge

I watched that Netflix drama about Shante's early life, rise to ghetto stardom, etc and I thought it was ok but I wouldn't watch it again, kinda like an early evening drama that might appeal to soap opera fans maybe but I remembered I had a copy of this which is supposedly the version recorded in Marley Marl's bedroom as depicted in the movie. UTFO or their record company complained due to copyright infringement so they re-recorded it as the version we all remember that was on Streetsounds Electro 6 (what a record that is!). This here was recorded directly from Mr Magic's radio show and is certainly not a home recording as you can hear Mr Magic start to speak on the fade out at the end. Not the best version but worth having if you can pick up a cheap copy and also if you're a fan of here early stuff and that I am.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Skinny Boys - Awesome

Some debut Skinny Boys action right here. This is my second copy as the first, as I've mentioned many times was traded years back. I bought this one in April 2016 and it's in a lot better condition than my first one and was pretty cheap to boot - only one for sale in the UK at the time of posting and he wants £35; best of luck mate - I paid £8. On the flip is 'Skinny Boys' which is similar to the A-side cut but it's still dope. '85 was a great year for me, lots of stuff on offer and no money to buy it with. I'll get there eventually..

Monday, October 09, 2017

Sugar Ray Dinke - Cabrini Green

For me and maybe a few others this is definitely a throwback to the John Peel radio show. I bought a copy maybe a week or so after hearing it on his show one night, traded it soon after and bought this copy about a year ago for next to nowt and it's mint. I did try and get one on the original label and it used to irritate me a little if I couldn't get the US import copy if it was a US record but it bothers me less so these days. A great record and there's some info on discogs about him which is short but worth a read as I have nothing on him except for the memory of hearing him when I was about 16 or 17. Tune!

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Fresh Girls - Mandingos - I Got The Bass

Someone requested this many years ago on this very blog and I didn't have a copy then so I bought one. Another one I had in '86 but traded among my friends at the time and one I wasn't super keen on mainly because of the 'row, row, row your boat' tune that sounds like it was played on a kazoo. You can't deny that super heavy Miami bass packs a major punch though and I don't mind it so much now.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

M.C.B. - It's Your Scratch (Do What You Wanna Do)

I mentioned some years ago that I was on a mission to get back some old records I used to own and this was on the list. Discogs had a few over the years for a while but people were wanting a little more than I was willing to pay so I guess I got lucky wining one on ebay a few weeks back for a fiver. I can tell you're really pleased for me. The sleeve's a little beat up and is taped together - looks better than it sounds - but the wax is nice and that's the main thing. I recall buying my first copy in '86 from the import box in the Virgin store on the high street in Sheffield but can't remember if I sold it or traded it. Doesn't matter now though. Another Amos Larkins sure shot!

Friday, September 08, 2017

NYC Cutter - DJ Cuttin'

Finally got myself a copy of this last year, same track on both sides but a decent tuner from '85 by legendary super dj Marley Marl masquerading under a different moniker. Was one of the most difficult releases to get on the Pop Art label at one time but easier now although it does still seem to hold it's value. Top tune.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Arabian Prince - Situation Critical

I missed the fantastic Stones Throw compilation, 'Innovative Life Anthology' that was released in 2008 and have been after once ever since and finally quenched my thirst a few weeks back and it's been an Arabian Prince-athon ever since.I never bought this first time around either so I bought one last week, decent condition and the picture sleeve is looking good for it's age too and all for the tidy sum of  £1.49. One of the better tracks lifted from his excellent LP, 'Dope Thang' being the highlight, for me at least. If you like 808 bass heaviness, this is definitely one for you.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Jungle Brothers - Beyond This World 12" Single VLS (1989)

Re-Up - 192kbps, sorry about the lower bitrate

Contains the extremely dope B-Side Promo No. 2 featuring Q-Tip!

A1 - Beyond This World (LP Version) (4:08)
A2 - Beyond This World (Instrumental) (4:01)
B1 - Promo No. 2 (Mind Review '89) (3:28)
B2 - Beyond This World (Bone-a-Baby Bam Beat Version) (1:34)
B3 - Beyond This World (A Capella Version) (:38)

Download from zippyshare

Monday, September 12, 2016

MF DOOM - Metal Samples Volumes 1-7

Back in 2003 there was a compilation that someone released on the net of tracks that DOOM sampled called Metal Samples. Another volume came out at some point and by 2005 I had quite a few samples I had found either through digging or the internet. With the help of a couple friends I compiled enough tracks to put out 5 volumes (3-7), and released them on soulseek,, philaflava, and other places.

Over the years I've had some people asking for these compilations so I decided to post them here.

Sorry, but most of these comps are 160kbps. Maybe one day I'll recompile these with 320, and also add another couple volumes.

Thanks to Verge for Volume 2!

Metal Samples Volume 1
01 - Roy Ayers - No Stranger to Love
02 - Sade - Kiss of Life
03 - SOS Band - The Finest
04 - Isaac Hayes - Our Day Will Come
05 - Jeff Beck - Come Dancing
06 - Melvin Van Peebles - Reggin Hanging
07 - Melvin Van Peebles - Wont Bleed Me
08 - New Birth - Got to Get a Knut
09 - Quincy Jones - 100 Ways
10 - Skull Snaps - It's A New Day
11 - Steely Dan - Black Cow
12 - The Beatles - Glass Onion
13 - The Spinners - Ain't No Price on Happiness
14 - The Deele - Shoot 'em Up Movies
15 - Yusef Lateef - Eastern Market

Metal Samples Volume 2
01 - Kain - Harlem Preacher
02 - Lee Morgan - Mr. Kenyatta
03 - Scooby Doo Theme
04 - DJ Grand Wizard Theodore & Chris Stein - Subway Theme
05 - Richiro Manabe - Kidnap 1
06 - Coke Escovedo - Hangin' On
07 - Joe Raposo - Sesame Street End Theme Funding Credits
08 - JJ Fad - Supersonic
09 - Cerrone - Rocket In the Pocket
10 - 5th Dimension - Requiem 820 Latham
11 - Kain - Silly Shit
12 - Five Stairsteps - The New Dance Craze
13 - Richiro Manabe - Kidnap 2
14 - The Blackbyrds - All I Ask
15 - Kain - Constipated Monkey
16 - Spiderman Theme

Metal Samples Volume 3
01 - Faze O - True Love
02 - Roy Ayers - Vibrations
03 - Galt Macdermot - Princess Gika
04 - Cymanade - Brothers on the slide
05 - Ronnie Laws - Freinds and Strangers
06 - Galt Macdermot - Cathedral March
07 - Anita Baker - Been So Long
08 - Teruo Nakamura - Cat
09 - The Mamas and the Papas - Pearl
10 - Dobbie Brothers - What A Fool Belives
11 - David Mathews - Space Oddity
12 - Galt Macdermot - Space
13 - Les Baxter - Hogin Machine
14 - Jody Watley - Looking For a New Love
15 - Fever Tree - Ninety Nine and A Half
16 - The BlackByrds - April Showers

Metal Samples Volume 4
01 - Mashmakhan - I know I've Been wrong
02 - Kronos Quartet - Nardis
03 - Donyld Byrd and the BlackByrds - Mysterious Vibes
04 - Atlantic Starr - Second to None
05 - Gil Scott Heron - Pieces of a man
06 - Doris -You Never Come Closer
07 - Isaac hayes - Vykki
08 - Jon Lucien - Maiden Voyage
09 - Sade - Is it a Crime
10 - ZZ Hill - That Aint The Way You Make Love
11 - Anita Baker - Sweet Love
12 - The Blackbyrds - Love is Love
13 - The Whatnauts - Message From a Black Man
14 - Gentle Giant - Funny Ways
15 - Jimmy Ponder -Jennifer
16 - George Duke - For Love(I come your friend)

Metal Samples Volume 5
01 - Roy Budd - The Stone Killer (Main Title)
02 - Coke Escovedo - Hangin' On
03 - Teena Marie - I Need Your Lovin'
04 - Johnny Pearson - Fugitive
05 - Cortex - Huit Octobre
06 - Tom Browne - Come for the Ride
07 - The Blackbyrds - All I Ask
08 - Lee Morgan - Mr. Kenyatta
09 - Sven Libaek - Misty Canyon
10 - Caetano Veloso - Alfomega
11 - Dennis Coffey - Never Can Say Goodbye
12 - Gino Vannelli - Appaloosa
13 - The Blackbyrds - Love is Love
14 - Foxy - Madamoiselle
15 - The Keith Mansfield Orchestra - Soul Thing
16 - Cannonball Adderley Quintet - Suite Cannon: Part 1: The King & I
17 - The Robert Cobert Orchestra - Dark Shadows Suite

Metal Samples Volume 6
01 - Elmer Bernstein - The Beach
02 - Boogie Down Productions - Poetry
03 - Giorgio Moroder - Theme From Midnight Express
04 - Ronnie Laws - Solid Ground
05 - Gil Scott-Heron - We Almost Lost Detroit
06 - Waldir Calmon - Airport Love Theme
07 - Arthur Verocai - A Boca Do Sol
08 - Issac Hayes - Walk On By
09 - Mashmakhan - Happy You Should Be
10 - The Delegates - Funky Butt
11 - L.A. Carnival - Blind Man
12 - Eric B & Rakim - Microphone Fiend
13 - Bobbi Humphrey - Blacks And Blues
14 - Creedence Clearwater Revival - Down On The Corner
15 - Lonnie Liston Smith - In The Beginning
16 - Just Ice - Love Story
17 - Fat Albert - Halloween Song
18 - Jaques Morelenbaum & Antonio Pinto - A Carta de Dora

Metal Samples Volume 7
01 - Daedelus - Experience
02 - Run DMC - Sucker MC's
03 - Super Friends - Justice League Theme
04 - The Sugarhill Gang - Passion Play
05 - Richiro Manabe - Godzilla Vs. Megalon
06 - Just Ice - Latoya
07 - L.A. Carnival - Can You Hum A Tune
08 - The Nova Local - If You Only Had The Time
09 - S-Tone Inc. - Beira Do Mar
10 - George Duke - Prepare Yourself
11 - Pharaoh Sanders - Thembi
12 - Boogie Down Productions - The Bridge Is Over
13 - William Loose, Stu Phillips & Marvin Elling - Kelly
14 - L.A. Carnival - The Klan
15 - Lonnie Liston Smith - Jeannine
16 - Tsehaytu Beraki - Medjemery Feqrey
17 - Atlantic Starr - All In The Name Of Love
18 - Maria Beth

Friday, January 15, 2016

Fat Boys - Fat Boys Scratch (Remix)

Always liked the Fat Boys stuff. Their first album was the first album I owned that was just by the one rap artist and not a compilation like the legendary Streetsounds Electro series. This is actually the b-side as you can see 'cos I think it's better than 'Don't Be Stupid' on the flip. I even bought that limited edition pizza box a few years back now which is a really great package if you can find one. A staple diet for all b-boys of a certain age I would suggest.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

J. Grey - Miami

After a long and forced hiatus we're back in the room and here's a corkin' tune from '86 to kick off the new year. Anquette's 'Throw The P' is the A-side cut but I much prefer this one personally. More to come, hopefully..

P.S, thanks to my man Machiventa for sorting out the problem, long time no see mate.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

MC Craig G - Transformer

I think someone asked for a re-up of this some years ago now and the link was clicked a few days back I think.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Progression - Tom Tom

I had to hunt this record down after Mike Allen played it one time and it took me years to get a copy but I eventually copped one from Roulette Records in the city centre. I traded it many years back and only actually returned it to the ever increasing collection a couple of years back now, in fact almost exactly two years ago today. Top tunage.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Divine Sounds - Do Or Die Bed Sty

A few posts back I briefly mentioned the devestatin' DJ Cheese and his use of this record in his world championship winning set from '86 so I did a fresh 320 rip for y'all. It's tucked away on the b-side of a really mediocre and irritating a-side cut too and it wasn't mentioned on the Beat Street Records list I bought it off many years ago now, around about '87 or '88 I would think so I just chanced my arm and was fortunate enough to hit the jackpot. One of my all time faves, love it.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Divine Sounds - My Mother

As it's mother's day tomorrow in the UK I thought I'd let you present your mom with a little something special to brighten up her day. For the rest of you, 'The Circus' is on  the other side.

Friday, March 06, 2015

The Spin Masters - Brothers

This is a great record. I have fond memories of listening to the club, dub version whilst bombing the hell out of my old school with some like minded acquaintances. I had the privilege of seeing them live too when they were on the road with Ice T on the Rhyme Syndicate tour around '90-'91 I think which was pretty cool. I think they made another record at some point after this one but it wasn't very good and Evil E famously went on to become Ice's full time DJ. Mr. T himself even had a hand in the writing of this particular track.
Going back to the RS tour, Ice T was sat at the back of the Leadmill when we walked in on one of those plastic chairs that stack up like you had at school. He said 'Alright' when we walked by. We all looked at each other saying something along the lines of 'that's 'im innit'?
A great night, although Hijack stole the show. For me anyway.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Ultimate III - Ultimate III Live!

This could be the best hip hop 12" released in 1986 and a definite contender for best hip hop record of all time. In my opinion.