Wednesday, 14 January 2015

ABU - The Album Vol 1 (FREE!)

To those of you not joined up to the ABU Facebook Group yet, I proudly present the first volume of The ABU Album.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Larry Smith

Larry Smith, Jam Master Jay, DMC and DJ Run
The name Larry Smith may be familiar with some of you. Maybe not as memorable as say, Rick Rubin or Russell Simmons perhaps but just as important.

Larry grew up as a bass player from the same neighbourhood as Run DMC and would later become heavily involved with them. He would also produce a lot of Whodini's early work giving them a different almost 'new wave' electronic sound.
You know that beat behind Sucker MC's? That was originally used on a song called Action by a group called Orange Krush. This band was put together by Smith alongside Kurtis Blow to help him perform live onstage.Action was sung by a young Alyson Williams (of Sleeptalk fame) and the high-pitched, funny voice on the intro was actually Russell Simmons.

Larry liked the beat so much that he reprogrammed it into an Oberheim DMX drum machine and called it the "Krush Groove". He went on to use the same beat on a few other Run DMC tracks, too.

I want to say a big, big thanks to Roosevelt Taylor who posted this link on the ABU Facebook Page the other day, without which I never would've found out Larry's current situation.
Sadly Larry is not doing too well and is in fact in a New York City "bare-bones nursing home". A far cry from what he is remembered as.
Please check out the We Love Larry Smith Facebook page if you can and support this great man.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Reply From Steinski

Original page from The Street Scene magazine I posted previously

About 4 years ago I did a post about The Street Scene - a UK music mag from the Street Sounds camp from the mid 1980's - and posted some scans I'd taken.
One article in particular had preyed on my mind ever since. The mention of Steinski and a certain 'new track' called Technical Difficulty.
I have wondered for years if this ever got to see the light of day and I finally got an answer.

Last Friday Steve Steinski did a live stream of his latest mix. Well I say 'mix', it was more of a series of spoken news reports with minimal background music. Entitled Accidents, Mistakes and Emergencies, Steinski gave a no-holds barred, emotional 72 minute journey into some sad parts of American history via the news media.
It's still available and can be heard here along with a tracklisting.

So after this I got to thinking about Technical Difficulty and grabbed to chance to send Steve a personal email asking him about it.
I never expected a response yet he was gracious enough to spend a bit of time writing me a lovely reply and finally gave me the chance to close this chapter.

A lifelong influence, idol and all round good egg. I'm a little bit ruddy bloody chuffed to put it mildly.

Facebook Heroes

Love it or loathe it, when you get the opportunity to communicate with real legends sometimes the good outweighs the bad.

No Half Steppin' @The Rumsey Wells OCTOBER 2014

These weeks are just flying by at the moment. Or at least they seem to be.
It's almost time for this month's No Half Steppin' jam in the official home of hip hop in Norwich - The Rumsey Wells pub.
Alongside DJ Just-1 and Chrome on the wheels of steel this coming Saturday (18th) is this month's special guest, Repo.
Yes, it's me bringing the tunes for October. Expect cracking hip hop, fine funk and of course, some eclectric electro that one regular - Mr Jimmy Sizzle - just 'loves' to hear booming out of any speakers.

Free entry as always and this month it's upstairs where unfortunately a lot of the general muggles seem to frequent. Expect lots of strange looks.
Splendid and tremendous.

Next month the special guest DJ pencilled in is WAXER from Disco Scratch. More news soon.....

Style Wars Pre-release Blu-Ray Trailer

"Style Wars on Blu-ray. Available November 4th, 2014.
Featuring a brand new HD transfer from the original 16mm print. "

Sheesh. When was it that I signed up for the Kickstarter campaign for the newly-restored, Blu-Ray version of Style Wars...3 years....4 years ago?
Well it's finally good news as there is a new trailer up on Youtube in glorious 720p giving us a taste of just what is to come.
Look at the sharpness of the picture in the majority of scenes as well as some cheeky snatches of unseen footage which will make up the extras package.

Absolutely stoked for this. Incidentally it's the reason I got a Blu-Ray player for.
Well. A PS3, actually. Style Wars AND GTA 5....... ;-)

Friday, 10 October 2014

ABU Podcast SEPT Download

As there have been *so many requests for me to post up the latest ABU Podcast (September) I thought that I had better do something about it.

There were a couple of new pieces in the last month's show, namely the What's The Connection? Section and the yesteryear hip hop chart. Thanks to Simmo as I borrowed one of his Groove Hip Hop Charts scans to compile the content from September 1986.

No theme this month as I have been doing previously. However I'm hoping to do a bit of a Halloween Special in a few weeks being that the show falls on the night before the spookiest night of the year.
I'm already planning what I will be watching this year. I will make sure that whatever I see will be certified pant-wetting material as I seem to remember being disappointed last year with my ill-fated choices.

Maybe I'm entering 'saddo' territory here but there is an annual event that takes place each Halloween all to do with the once-shown, never-repeated, BBC scare-fest that is and was Ghostwatch, that I am hoping to be a part of.
In a nutshell, you watch the tv drama on your chosen media player then 'tweet' about it as if it is being shown live - as it originally was. It all has to be perfectly synced and you must press play at exactly 9.25pm to get the full benefit.
I think I must've been out when it was first shown on tv back in 1992 because I don't remember watching it at the time. It's slightly dated now, all the presenters look very young (Craig Charles in particular), the 'proper' actors are actually worse than the non-actors but there is a real creepiness about it. It was mistaken for a real-life live documentary when in fact it was nothing more than a drama. There are numerous sightings of the freaky 'Mr Pipes' to look out for and upon repeated viewings (or Youtube) you can find them - some of them are quite shocking as you realise you didn't see him before when it seems quite obvious!
Anyway see this link for full details if this sort of thing sets your pulse racing.

Coming the following month in November is the ABU Album Volume 2 launch show. It's been a while coming but I can assure you that it will be worth the wait.
Hold tight!

Here's the link for the September ABU Podcast (show #45)

And here is the tracklisting:

01  DJ Format - Stealin' James Part 1
02  Gang Starr - Comin' For Datazz
03  Chrome & Ill Inspired - No Messin' (DJ Format Remix)
04  Ice T - You Played Yourself (Remix)
05  Ragga Twins - Illegal Gunshot
06  Artifacts - APB (All Points Bulletin)

What's The Connection? Section
07  Kid Frost - Rough Cut (Dance Mix)
08  King Tee - Ruff Rhyme (Back Again) (Ruff Mix)
09  NWA - If It Ain't Ruff

10  Go Home Productions - Wouldn't It Be Nice To Have A Finger Of Fudge
11  Herbie Hancock - T.F.S.
12  Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express
13  Hip Hop Mastermind
14  Hiroshi & K.U.D.O. feat. DJ Milo - Return of the Original Art-Form
15  Bassnectar -The 808 Track (Ft Mighty High Coup)
16  Wu-Tang vs. The Beatles - (from the Enter The Magical Mystery Chamber album) - Uh Huh
17  pomDeter - ABU Break 'n' Bells (ABU Album Exclusive Preview)

September 1986 Groove Hip Hop Chart
18  Awesome Foursome - Monster Beat
19  Word Of Mouth & Dj Cheese - Coast To Coast
20  Bozo Meko - Fusion Beats - Vol. 2
21  Mixmaster Gee And The Turntable Orchestra - The Manipulator (Radio Edit)
22  Just Ice - Cold Gettin' Dumb
23  Liquid Liquid - Cavern

Roots Of The Roots
24  Gary Numan - Films

25  BDP - Remix For P Is Free

The Funk Trunk
26  Lefties Soul Connection - Organ Donor 

27  LA Dream Team - Rockberry Jam
28  Knights Of The Turntables - Techno Scratch
29  The Jungle Brothers - Because I Got It Like That

*actual number of

Thursday, 25 September 2014

ABU Podcast #45 / Disco Scratch Takeover - TONITE

Here we go with the end-of-the-month Podcast shizzle.

9pm tonight (UK time), 2 hours of beats, breaks and off-the-wall stuff with an onus on grumpy old bastardness.

Direct link is this:

Chatroom is thus:

See ya there!
Floormaster Reepz

Monday, 22 September 2014

Hip Hop Mastermind

"Lethal Bizzle, Semtex, DJ Target and A.Dot take to the famous black chair and face a grilling from host John Humphrys."

Thanks to Dan 'Fluent' for this.

It's BBC1's Mastermind but with hip hop artists. And I use that term in it's loosest possible sense.
Be warned though, I wanted to throw my laptop at the wall in a furious rage at least 3 times whilst watching this.
Mastermind, my arse.

Some 'highlights' include:

John Humphrys: Which hip hop technique when vinyl records were cued were pioneered by Grandwizard Theodore?
Lethal Bizzle: Pass.

John Humphrys: Which DJ, whose real name is Clive Campbell, is known for playing hard funk records at house parties in the Bronx and is credited with inventing the hip hop genre?
Lethal Bizzle: Ahhhh...(pause)... pass.

Who the hootin' heck is Lethal Bizzle? And why he is included here is anybody's guess.

Watch Hip Hop Mastermind here on iPlayer (available for 29 days from today's date)

Friday, 19 September 2014

The Return Of No Half Steppin'

After a gap of a fair few months it's the return of Norwich's finest hip hop night, No Half Steppin'.

It takes place every 3rd Saturday of the month in the Rumsey Wells pub downstairs in the 'Underbelly'. Yes, that's right.

For the uninitiated, NHS is an evening of proper, classic beats and breaks, real hip hop, electro and funk played on real vinyl by Chrome and JUST-1. And now upon its return I shall be playing regularly - in fact I'm the special guest dj next month.

It's a free event which sometimes breaks out into a spontaneous MC cypher depending on who's in the house. Starts at 8pm and now ends at 1am.
If I see you there I'll buy you a drink. In fact you can buy ME a drink! I'm a well cheap date.


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