Nov 15, 2009
"Don't be shady, just pay me"
Wow, it's been half a year already! It's a challenge to keep coming
up with stuff but the feedback I get makes it all well worth the
effort, especially when people are discovering something new.
Anyway, let's have a look at this month's offering...
: Atari 2600
A very limited release 7" single
out of the Justus League crew with a hilarious take on what a
promotional piece for the vintage console would have sounded like
if endorsed by RZA and a similarly vintage singer...
A little beat I dug out from a few
years ago; I did this in a Swedish hotel room on a little Korg
Electribe ES-1 sampler, and as such it's on my "Swedish
Hardcore" beat tape which I might make available sometime if people
: You Never
I was really, really late on
Goldfrapp but thanks to the wonders of the internet started
checking them out and found some stuff I really liked on the
"Supernature" album, including this track; the "We Are Glitter"
remix project has some good tunes on it too. Alison Goldfrapp's
voice and those synths go together nice like chicken and
: This Life
Not a massively well known track by
Jay, but I managed to pick this one up in a local charity shop on
12" - this is from the soundtrack to "Black Gangster," based on the
book of the same title. Interestingly though I'm not
sure the film was ever made - the soundtrack was done first with a
view to making the film if it took off! The soulful backing track
is provided by Ty Fyffe, someone who's not a huge name compared to
many others but always seems to pop up with something
A classic UK Hip-Hop single from
1996; Tony Rotton aka Blak Twang with a tough track about the
runnings of the inner cities of the UK. It's our own State of
the Nation Address, and it's nothing nice. Thirteen years later and
a new government later, has anything really changed?
Jacky Jasper ft. Roger Troutman
: Mad Game
If there was a Devil, and he had a
car with a big system and listened to Hip-Hop, he would play this
on repeat - super dark production for real! I've played this tune
for a few people and got great response, but no-one seems to have
it or even have heard of it, so it was an obvious candidate for
inclusion at some point. Turn it up!
: Buck 'em Down
Took me a while to appreciate this
in its own right after being such a fan of the original but this is
a must-have 12" - if not for this, then the killer (no pun
intended) B-Side "Murder
: Buck 'em Down
Rae & Christian ft.
Grimy Brooklyn Hip-Hop from one of
the great groups of the 90s. Perhaps besides the mighty "Who Got The
" this was my favourite track on "Enta Da Stage" and I
played my vinyl copy of this every day for months...
: All I Ask
DJ Quik ft. Mausberg & Raphael
This somehow didn't properly
penetrate my consciousness when it first came out, but a couple of
friends played it for me last year (shout out to The Mojos
!) and this
time I was ready; gorgeous track, if you close your eyes and turn
the heating up it could make you believe it's summer...quite an
achievement for a song coming out of the heart of rainy
From the underrated (even by Quik)
"Balance & Options" LP, a brilliant piece of laid back
production with plenty of flourishes - instrumentation is courtesy
of the South Central Philharmonic Orchestra.
: Soul Food
A very different track from Cormega
to the one I played last month ("No Equivalent"), I've been meaning
to play this for a while and found a spot for it here.
Blast from the past - though it
doesn't seem like that long ago! 1993 track from the "Who's The
Man?" soundtrack which also ended up on Erick's debut solo "No
: Get Down
(Q-Tip Remix Instrumental)
Q-Tip is so well known as an MC
(helped by his distinctive voice) that it's sometimes easy to
forget his production work; in the early- to mid-90s he did some
great beats outside A Tribe Called Quest, with the kind of smacking
drums you often don't hear these days!
Souls Of Mischief
SoM are best known for their
incredible debut single "93 Til Infinity" but this is a great
single from their "Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution" album
with a different but yet somehow familiar sound. Their extended
crew, The Hieroglyphics were not just ahead of their time with
respect to their music but with their recognition of the potential
of the Internet in promoting themselves and operating
Edgar Allen Floe
Almighty (Desperado Remix)
Excellent MC name :o) Anyway, when
you twig to this tune it ought to smack you in the face how genius
it is. On first listen I thought "hang on, did he just repeat the
first verse?" - then the lightbulb went on and I gave him a mental
standing ovation! Floe is part of the North Carolina Justus League
collective and certainly shows some super MC powers on this
: 40 Leg
Picked this up in a big stack of
reggae/dancehall 7" singles on eBay and it's a bit of a jewel to me
- can't get enough of that Jamaica meets the Scottish Highlands
flavour! I just have visions of a traditional pipe and drum band
skanking along in a dancehall style...
Booming Neptunes production on this
B-Side to "Area Codes" - almost forgot about this tune until I came
across a used vinyl copy!
DJ Revolution & KRS-ONE
: The DJ
Gets bonus points for
(coincidentally) using a line I once did a T-shirt design for - "A
DJ is not a jukebox!" On the spiritual sequel to his 1996 track
from the "I Got Next" album the legendary KRS-ONE (for those that
don't know - "Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone")
breaks down the proper place and conduct of the DJ, with particular
respect to the culture of Hip-Hop which was of course started by
DJs - rhyming came along later, not that you'd think it looking
around these days! One of his central points is that it's the job
of the DJ to break music to the people, not to just reflect what
they think they want to hear - in some small way, I'd like to think
this podcast honours that.