Oct 15, 2009
"I love this game."
This is the first month I've had to go into my boxes of cassettes
to find a particular tune for you, hence the title of this episode!
Thanks to the wonders of modern technology I recorded it into my
computer and can manipulate the sound with the turntables via
Serato - very space age. Ironically, I think this is the first
episode which isn't quite short enough to go on one side of a
I've got a bit of a bad cold this month, but have tried to do a
decent job on the voiceovers - bear with me!
Count Bass D
One of the best all-round musical
talents in Hip-Hop, shout out to Mathmatics for putting me up on
him back when the "Dwight Spitz" album came out.
Yes, this is one of my all-time
favourite beats. Most people think immediately of the huge bassline
as the main focus but I actually think the track is centred around
the little bluesy guitar riff - have a listen and see what you
The Cool Kids
Before this record, there were
acute shortages of Hip-Hop tracks about BMX bikes. Problem solved
I was really late on these guys, and while not all of their stuff
is to my liking this tune is very heavy - deceptive in its
simplicity I think!
From the "Mezzanine" album. Piece
of background trivia, as told by producer Neil Davidge - apparently
the guys used to carry tape recorders everywhere and record
whatever might be interesting; this track is based around a snatch
of a recording from a Turkish (or was it Moroccan?) market - you
can hear it bare just before the main beat comes in.
Cormega ft. Tragedy Khadafi
: No Equivalent
I read someone on a message board
recently say that Cormega is "too
manly for this generation
", which made me smile - I think a
better way to describe him is "no-frills" - he's steadily worked at
his craft for years, doesn't have a gimmick and gives a great
interview. This is from the Special Edition pack of "The Realness"
and "The True Meaning" - which is a top notch album.
: World Heist
Low key headnodder from the Bronx
slang-editorialising, diamond heisting, 70s dressing duo; from the
B-side of their first single "Coolie High" which is of course a
classic - run to hear it right now if you never have
: More Or Less
Fierce instrumental, produced by
Kanye West in his pre-"College Dropout" years. The original version
of this track was called "When I Die" - not sure why it was changed
for its appearance on the "Godfather Buried Alive" album but the
dubbing over of the hook was pretty weak...
: One Man
RIP Grandmaster Roc Raida. Check
out his title-winning performance here
Unreleased track from the "Off The
Wall" sessions - I don't know how this didn't make the album, but
this offcut is fifty times better than a lot of other peoples' best
: I Can Make You
It's true, you know. Just one of
Zapp/Roger Troutman's killer dancefloor movers. For a funny
sampling of this, check out Compton's Most Wanted's "I Don't Dance
it happens, that tune is really danceable as well!
PS "You dance in the morning when you eat your cornflakes" -
: Beep A Freak
Wilson, Wilson & Wilson with a
treatise on communication problems in male-female relationships
I had to convert this from tape - the version on the "Gap Band VI"
vinyl is better sound quality of course but a quite different mix,
and the beeper noise runs through the entire song and would have
driven a lot of you mad...
From their 2003 soundtrack to a
film called "Octane" - I only found out about this record a few
weeks ago myself!
Grandmaster Melle Mel & The
: The Truth
Eric B & Rakim
Taking it old skool for a minute.
Note to youngsters - Pete Rock, Biggie, and Tribe are not
old skool. This is definitely one
of my favourite F5 tracks, tough tough tough! I've never heard
anyone else mention it until I found a fellow appreciater on
: I Know You
One of their best known tracks of
course, playing this one as a special request for the man Mr Mari -
: The Big Payback
EPMD (Erick Sermon and Parrish
Smith, for those who don't know) are without doubt one of the
greatest MC duos of all time and this is probably my favourite
track from the 1989 "Unfinished Business" album, although "Get The
Bozack" is another killer on there which unlike this was never a
: Light Blue
This was on the vinyl of the single
"Somersault" and is just an irresistible head-nodder; that bassline
just sticks in your head.
: Canal Street
For the Manchester listeners - no,
not the Canal Street in the Village...
The "Cuban Linx Pt.II" album has barely been out of my car stereo
since it was released and this is one of the many gems on it - if I
hadn't played this, it would probably have been "Surgical Gloves
which is one of the most relentlessly evil beats I've heard in a
long time (courtesy of The Alchemist), with Raekwon on the mic
coming off almost MF DOOM-ish. As for this, it feels like it came
out of a 70s crime film soundtrack, and in a world of autotune and
snap beats, thank goodness someone is making tracks like