Thursday, 26 February 2015

The February ABU Podcast



Tonight 9pm-10pm The ABU February Podcast.

A shorter show than normal this month....

Get the live stream at: http://mixlr.com/repo136
Get in the chatroom at: http://chatwing.com/discoscratch

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

ABU Guesting Tonite on The Hip Hop Sessions


I'm guesting again tonight on Future Radio's The Hip Hop Sessions with DJ Just-1 from 10pm.
Expect plenty of classic hip hop, electro and breaks….

Listen live at http://futureradio.co.uk/ from 10pm until midnight.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

How The Latin Rascals Mastered the Megamix

Two extremely important guys in the world of electro

This is probably the most comprehensive study of the Latin Rascals you are ever likely to read/hear.

These two guys unwittingly influenced my young mind way back when in those heady days of my home-made pause-button tapes and later when making music and edits on computer. The dedication it took to do these incredible audio edits on 1/4 inch tape doesn't bear thinking about but I'm so glad that they did.

First of all click play below then go here to read the background, courtesy of https://medium.com.

The Get Down - A Netflix original series from Baz Luhrmann


WOW.
Just......WOW!
Sparse details at present but if this trailer is anything to go by then we could be looking at a very nice US drama in a year's time.
From visionary Baz Luhrmann, and told through the lives and music of a ragtag crew of South Bronx teens, The Get Down is a mythic saga of transformation in 1970s New York City. Arriving exclusively on Netflix in all territories in 2016.

'Doin' Time in Times Square' - Charlie A's NYC Home Video

Here's a genuine slice of authentic New York City history.
Allegedly shot from his 43rd Street apartment window from 1981 to 1983 - there are discrepencies in this as at one point you can hear Biz Markie coming from a boom box which must've been around 1988 - this 40-minute video was shot by film maker Charlie "Wild Style" Ahearn.
It's an interesting view of the seedier side of NYC life even if a little eye-opening at times.






Thanks to Dayle for finding this!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Record Review - Time Waits For No Man (45)


Whirlwind D - Time Waits For No Man - BLN011

A) Time Waits For No Man - produced by Phil Wilks cuts by Specifik
AA) One, Two featuring Rola & Specifik

White 7" vinyl

The Nicest Guy In Hip Hop© returns with another vinyl offering. This time it's a double-header 45 on the ubiquitous B Line Recordings label and my, my, it's certainly a grower.

The A side, Time Waits For No Man, is a broody, bass-rumbling, bluesy snorter with a sharp, snappy, snare-led break in a mid-tempo style and fashion.
Mic Master Whirlwind D dispenses with the boast-rap - something he has done more and more as of late; an evolving sign of resulting maturity, perhaps - and offers an ode to the perils of procrastination ("Time's up, you gotta act now or retire").
B Line honcho Specifik gets biz on the wheels in the chorus which is always a highlight of a good hip hop tune as far as I'm concerned. This practice is very much in vogue at present and any MC that is prepared to give the dj some shine is well worth some of your time.

Master Ace gave us examples of what to expect when posting high, D is merely trying to help us onto that same path but with a much more reserved British demeanour. Take heed.

 The flipside features a duet with Rola on the mic, who is arguably Bristol's most omnipresent legend (ex-Numskullz crew). The first thing that hits you when listening to this initially is the dirty, funky, porn groove that conjures up images of heavily-mustacheoed men in white overalls carrying over-sized toolboxes whilst flirting with lonely, clothes-phobic housewives.
Yes, the beat oozes that lazy head-nodding niceness that sounds great on the radio. This time around there is a heady aroma of street skills and bragginess spoken over 28 bars each (no real chorus as such) ("Conceived with a mic and a mixer in the womb, fed lyrics from a young age with a dual-speed spoon") which is a departure from the A-side and shows a variety rather than a monotonous stuck-in-the-same-groove tedium that curiously some artists think is what makes enjoyable listening.
Again, more super, superb scratch from Specifik who gets to do his thing after the lads have said their piece.

Overall another banger not only for Mr D but for B Line as well which further cements their proven track record for top quality UK rap product which should have them picking up the crown previously held aloft by Simon Harris' Music Of Life label.
The only snag about 45s is that musical sacrifices have to be made. In this case two great songs but no room for the instrumentals. However, like a can of Lynx deodorant from Poundland, it's a small price to pay.

Available now from http://blinerecordings.bigcartel.com/product/whirlwind-d-times-waits-for-no-man on limited edition WHITE vinyl. Add it to your collection while you can.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

ABU Album 2 Launch Podcast Upload

The inaugural return of the ABU Takeover show on Disco Scratch Radio went exceedingly well last Thursday night with a wealth of listeners and chatters in the chatroom. A great response and certainly a positive indication of the year ahead.

Be sure to check this link out from the master of the Disco Scratch himself, Waxer, with some great words about the show.
ABU is a small extension of myself and only continues because of all your wonderful support and that can be anything from just reading this blog occasionally, leaving a comment, being in the chatroom during a show, 'Following' the ABU Facebook page or sending me an email. Whatever you do, that's the kind of support that makes me realise that there are many other like-minded individuals around the globe and gives me the kick up the bot to carry on.

Here is the link to the show from last week:
http://www.sonicity.co.uk/Resources/47ABU_ShowNov2014ABU%20ALBUM2.mp3

And below is the tracklisting.


Thursday, 29 January 2015

ABU Podcast - ABU Album 2 Launch Show

Tonight at 9pm it's the return of the ABU Takeover Show on Disco Scratch Radio.

This month it is the long-awaited Ageing B-Boys Unite Album Volume 2 launch show.
Featuring exclusive tracks from the album as well as the usual classic hip hop and funk it's a mixing pot of delicious doodads.

Be there at 9pm (GMT) http://discoscratch.co.uk/radio/

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Chrome & Illinspired Special on The Boogie Down Under Show

The front cover for The All C N I

If you have been following UK rap lately, and in particular one label - B-Line Recordings - then you will be in no doubt that we are still basking in a Golden Era.

It's with great pride that I know the two lads - plain old Bill and Mike - who are Chrome & Illinspired and are on the brink of releasing their debut album on B-Line entitled The All C N I (BLN012) in just a few days time.
Their sound incorporates great old-school wordplay and deftly mixes in new-school cuts and scratches with a full-on smattering of chest-crushing boom bap to complete the package.
It's true to say that their releases are never half-cut and each single or EP they produce are given more spit and polish than Tommy DeVito's fuckin' shinebox. This is evident in every song you will ever hear and goes without saying that the forthcoming album will not disappoint.

To prepare us for the upcoming launch Boogie Down Under's Dayle showcased some of the best moments from the lads' back catalogue with a few exclusives thrown in to further spice up proceedings in his latest radio show.
Make sure to check this out as it really is dope one. Listen below or go direct here.
If you want to rip it for offline listening then use this site which will help nicely.


Here's the tracklisting from the show:

01  You Should Know (Original Mix)
02  Feels So Good (from the Out Of Sight EP)
03  The All C N I
04  Clown Shoes (From Chrome And Guests LP))
05  Triple Word Score (from the Out Of Sight EP)
06  All Days
07  Shock The Place (Part 1) (B-side of No Messin')
08  Step It Up (from the Out Of Sight EP)
09  No Messin'
10  Anger Strikes (from the Out Of Sight EP)
11  In Control, In Effect
12  Big Dreams (Original Version)
13  Nerve Centre
Be sure to follow the Boogie Down Under Show regularly with the official Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/TheBoogieDownUnder

A full review of THE ALL C N I album will be posted once I've heard it, but let's be honest, it's the album of the year and it's only January.
To order your (vinyl) copy get over to B-Line Recordings' website:
http://blinerecordings.bigcartel.com/product/chrome-illinspired-the-all-c-n-i-lp-2015

Check these links, too for more of the duo's back-catalogue. Cheap!
Step It Up - http://chromeandillinspired.bandcamp.com/album/step-it-up

Chrome And Guests - http://chromeandillinspired.bandcamp.com/album/chrome-and-guests
























Thursday, 15 January 2015

Funky Four PLUS Blondie

Whilst watching the Funky Four video in the previous post I was sure that I wasn't going mad and had in fact seen another studio performance of the crew in action. So I had a search around and think I found it.
The clip is from a 1981 episode of Saturday Night Live, America's long-running comedy show, and features a good deal of input from the group, Blondie.
The F4+1 clip is mercilessly short and comes right at the end after a couple of Blondie performances and a Debbie Harry skit. See if you can see a very quick shot of a young Eddie Murphy right at the start.


http://vimeo.com/99640091
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