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"I maul y'all like a shopping centre..."

- Guilty Simpson

This month's title? Well, that is the overarching message of the podcast as a whole :) It's February once again, and as such we remember J Dilla, Big Pun, and Big L in the selection. We've got some brand new stuff, and some old classics. Turn the volume up for this one...

Hope to see you all at the Camp Lo show in Manchester on March 17th - get tickets here!

Twitter: @airadam13


J Dilla ft. Guilty Simpson : Jungle Love

Big tune from "The Shining" to open up the month, ! Pure drums from the MPC of Dilla with Guilty Simpson spitting hard over the top - and I love that homonym in that "shopping centre" line :)

J Dilla : The Anthem (Instrumental)

The B-side to the "Trucks" single (remember that from Episode 1?), with both tracks taken from the album that was originally known as "Pay Jay" and finally released fourteen years late as "The Diary"

Slum Village : Go Ladies

It always used to amuse me when people would mention Slum Village under the banner of "conscious" rap. They clearly could not have been listening! Here's an example of a track that isn't deep and doesn't need to be, it's all about the vibe. The beat is amazing, and I can't believe it took me so long to realise what the main sample is - but then, it's not as blatant in the mix as it might be. "Fantastic, Volume II" is a must-own, especially if you want to really understand J Dilla's earlier production.

Dennis Edwards & Siedah Garrett : Don't Look Any Further (12" mix)

A truly great record, one that you almost certainly recognise, whether you know it or not. This was a 1984 release by the former Temptations lead singer which also gave Siedah Garrett a big shot. The bassline is a classic, and the video...well, let's just say it was "of its time"! :)

Eric B & Rakim : Paid In Full

I just had to take the opportunity to link up the re-played bassline with the previous track! A stone classic from the album of the same name.

Krispy ft. Roots Manuva and Real Deal : Trade Study

A big tune out of the north-west I hadn't heard anywhere else in quite a while! Krispy were a pioneering crew out of the Lancashire town of Chorley who turned out consistently excellent music including the "From The Country" album, from which this is drawn. Roots Manuva and Salford's Real Deal (now Strategy) put in solid guest appearances and Mikey D.O.N brings it home on the final verse!

[Kankick] Declaime : Exclaim The Name (Instrumental)

I just felt like hearing some Kankick, and came across this one on Bandcamp - taken from the instrumental version of the 2001 "Andsoitisaid" album. Wicked beat but the timing on the drums is all over the place!

Big Pun : Beware

The first proper track on Pun's debut "Capital Punishment", this dark and forbidding number is a perfect opener. The Prodigy (RIP) sample is cold, and JuJu of The Beatnuts brings the swelling strings and all the rest for Pun to just shine on.

Oh No & Tristate ft. Planet Asia : Wind Chime Wizardry

"...the culture is free, but when it comes to MCing, my power has no refinement." 🔥🔥🔥 Spotify recommended this one to me based on previous listening and it's a good one! Los Angeles' TriState linked up with Oh No out of Oxnard for the "3 Dimensional Prescriptions" album last year, and they bring in the West Coast underground stalwart Planet Asia to help lace this track.

Big L : 139

Nice little freestyle over the classic DJ Premier beat for Biggie's "Ten Crack Commandments". It's quite sobering that Big L is shouting out fallen friends on the track, and now he - and Biggie - are no more.

DJ Jazzy Jeff ft. CL Smooth : All I Know

I was amazed to find I hadn't yet played this on the podcast up to now! A good no-nonsense tune from Jeff's 2007 "Return of the Magnificent" EP, showing that CL hadn't lost a single step since his run with Pete Rock. Still hasn't.

J Dilla : Jay Dee 42 (Instrumental)

Just a few bars here from one of the many posthumous Dilla beat tape releases - this one, "The King Of The Beats, Vol 2: Lost Scrolls". To me, this one sounds like it has a strong Pete Rock influence - I can imagine this being on "Petestrumentals"!

Blue Stone : Lost Sun

Florida's Blue Stone bring that ethereal, new-age type of electronic music that can really work well in a headphone-oriented mixtape. The percussion on this short track from the "Worlds Apart" album has a Middle Eastern sound and the rest of the instrumentation, for me, sounds mid-way between Arabic music and Gregorian. It's an interesting one :)

Snoop Dogg ft. Ras Kass : I Wanna Rock (Remix)

You definitely know the original version of this track, so this "remix" will be familiar; the second verse is Snoop's first verse on the original, and the beat by Scoop DeVille is the same. What you do get as a bonus here is Ras Kass opening proceedings, starting his own verse by invoking various "rock" users, if you will!

Evidence : 10,000 Hours

This tune made me make that "ate a whole lemon" face. Raw. Big new track from the Dilated Peoples MC/producer who hands the beat reins over to DJ Premier for this banger from the new "Weather Or Not" LP. Evidence looks back over his career, and the time and work he's put in to get to this point - alluding to Malcolm Gladwell's (likely debunked) "10,000 hours" theory.

Flex : Spaceship

Portugal-born, Manchester-resident MC Flex does his thing on the "Soul Food" EP, and this track in particular sees him team up with Maverick Soul on the beat. Gliding highs and bumping lows, some nice guitar licks, and a solid drumline make this a winner.

Statik Selektah ft. Ab-Soul, Jon Connor, and Logic : Alarm Clock

A good one from 2014's "What Goes Around" - and Statik Selektah sat down to talk about it, so let me just direct you to the horse's mouth :)

DJ Spinna : Black Out

Put on a DJ Spinna beat, it's going to get your neck moving. Standard. Take this one from the "Unpicked Treats Vol. One" collection as a perfect example.

Little Brother : Speed

I was reminded by a Dart Adams tweet that this month marks fifteen years (already?) since the release of Little Brother's debut album "The Listening". It was hugely anticipated by those in the know after hearing the North Carolina crew come up on the net in the pre-social media era, and lauded by fans, critics, and legends after its release. This wasn't my favourite track on first listening, but it grew on me over time. Phonte and Big Pooh deliver rhymes about that real working life, and 9th's beat features his trademark drums and plenty of bass.

Please remember to support the artists you like! The purpose of putting the podcast out and providing the full tracklist is to try and give some light, so do use the songs on each episode as a starting point to search out more material. If you have Spotify in your country it's a great way to explore, but otherwise there's always Youtube and the like. Seeing your favourite artists live is the best way to put money in their pockets, and buy the vinyl/CDs/downloads of the stuff you like the most!

Direct download: Episode_105.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:45pm EST


"Making the most of the moment 'mong the living."

- Glenn Lewis

Apparently, it's not just me that feels like it's been a very long January indeed. That said, it didn't feel long while I was trying to decide what tracks to play!

Here's the upcoming J Dilla tribute night in Manchester - February 22nd, hope to see you there!

If you want one of the limited run of "Manchester Marauders" t-shirts, check out Eastern Bloc Records in Manchester

Twitter : @airadam13


Run The Jewels ft. Zack De La Rocha : Kill Your Masters

The second movement in the two-part track "A Report To The Shareholders/Kill Your Masters", this is a heavy-duty number to end the "Run The Jewels 3" album - straight revolution music. With that in mind, the Rage Against The Machine frontman is a fitting choice to come in and guest.

Agallah : Morgue Music

Brownsville's Agallah is always working on something. For a selection of his MPC work sans vocals, check this 2014 mixtape of his instrumentals.

Camp Lo : It's Cold

It is indeed. Anyway, this is a headphone and car system favourite with a real midnight creep vibe thanks to the beat from Ski. Cheeba and Geechi are on their usual slang-heavy verbal manipulation all over this one, with the only break being the hook, which is maybe a little spare. The "Ragtime Hightimes" album is somehow almost three years old already, but still gets play regularly over here.

Maffew Ragazino : Snowing In Jerusalem

I came across this one a week or so ago and when the bass hit at the start of the first verse I was sold right there! New York street talk courtesy of Ragazino with production by Switzerland's Sebb Bash on this 2016 single release. I did have to smile at the expression "gee willikers" on the hook, given that there's no restriction on being profane elsewhere on the cut! :)

Apollo Brown & Skyzoo ft. Stalley : Payout

"The Easy Truth" album was a solid release from Apollo and Skyzoo, tunes to contemplate with the headphones on. The struggle and the quest for just a little more is a topic many MCs can draw on, and Skyzoo does so with skill here alongside Stalley.

O.C. : Going Nowhere

O.C. came into the game calling out shallow, image-driven nonsense, and on his fifth album ("Smoke and Mirrors") he's not done by a long chalk. Mike Loe's soulful beat is the perfect backdrop for O.C. to contrast himself against the fake and make a call for higher standards; as relevant now as back in 2005.

1983FILM : セクシーな溝市

Ok, this one is just weird, but the low end does hit decently! This is an example of "vaporwave", a genre best described by someone else in more detail than I could here. Some I like, some I just can't deal with at all - but I do enjoy the 80s influence and samples!

3rd Bass : Steppin' To The A.M.

At the very tail end of the 80s, 3rd Bass released their "The Cactus Al/bum" (or "Cee/D" or "Cass/ette", depending on the format you bought) on Def Jam, and this is our first visit to an LP that was among the first in my collection. The Bomb Squad (the Shocklee brothers, Chuck D, Eric Sadler, Terminator X, and co.) produced this one, which should rouse anyone who's physically able to bust a few moves :) Trivia note: pay close attention and you'll notice that they refer to themselves at one point by their group's original name, "Three The Hard Way". Also, if you play this podcast at precisely 23:38 and 27 seconds, the bells will come on at midnight...

Ilajide : Do It Again

One of the best young artists out there, the primary producer behind Clear Soul Forces (and a skilled MC to boot) gets busy with a short but infectious number based around a classic funk break. His debut solo album "Heet Tape" is well worth adding to your collection.

Showbiz & A.G. : Soul Clap

Coming back with that same break again, we go with a classic tune that brought it to the attention of many. The title track from the debut Showbiz & A.G. EP (with an edited version on the "Runaway Slave" album is an early-90s monster, with A.G. taking the reins on the mic and Showbiz co-producing with Diamond D. This is a great piece of work from the Diggin' In The Crates crew in the early days.

Styles P : Soul Clap

Ah, another kind of clap. Styles P of The Lox/D-Block thugs it all the way out on DJ Shok's "Soul Vibrations"-sampling beat, complete with firearm accompaniment on the hook. I don't know if this tune from "A Gangster and a Gentleman" was big in The Tunnel, but it sounds like it should have been!

[Nick Fury] Jigmastas : Stones (Instrumental)

The vocal version of this was on the podcast all the way back on episode 16, so I thought it was a long enough break before coming back for us to hear Nick Fury's killer beat again!

Sadat X : The Bass Player

This has been a rewind favourite over the last month, though it's not a track that's just been released. It's great to see that an artist who was getting his start when I was in my early high school years is still recording and putting out quality albums to the present day. 2016's "Agua" is the source of this Beatminerz-produced heater.

De La Soul ft. Glenn Lewis : Am I Worth You?

I just realised how much the bassline here is reminiscent of "U Can Do (Life)" from the "Art Official Intelligence : Mosaic Thump" album, the intro to which is the source for this podcast's own intro! Given the topic, and the fact that Supa Dave West produced both, the similarity may very well be intentional. There's another track on "AOI : Bionix" which we'll definitely play in the future, but this is a great sample of the work on there.

Tall Black Guy Productions : The_Time (I Need)

Went back to the "Mini Therapy Chops" series for this one, the signature low-end bump combined with a little spaciness over the top.

The Mouse Outfit ft. Dubbul O and Sparkz : Slicker Than Average

A single-only release from a few years ago, with two excellent Manchester MCs on a track that manages to be laid-back and fairly uptempo at the same time, thanks to the production skills of The Mouse Outfit and the guest instrumentalists Andy Byrne and Ashley Henry.

Grap Luva : West Side Highway

From the "Neva Done" EP, Grap displays some of that Phillips family talent, with a beat that definitely has a dash of Pete Rock influence but is still distinct in style.

Phi Life Cypher ft. Skit Slam : The Three

It's a real shame that Phi Life Cypher are no longer together - Si Phili and Life are a ferocious rhyming combination. It takes a brave man to step on the track with them, but Skit Slam does so here, as on the rest of the collaborative "Higher Forces" album. Battering bars from start to finish (and I do like the finish) on DJ Nappa's instrumental.

Please remember to support the artists you like! The purpose of putting the podcast out and providing the full tracklist is to try and give some light, so do use the songs on each episode as a starting point to search out more material. If you have Spotify in your country it's a great way to explore, but otherwise there's always Youtube and the like. Seeing your favourite artists live is the best way to put money in their pockets, and buy the vinyl/CDs/downloads of the stuff you like the most!

Direct download: Episode_104.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:40am EST


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