ABU!/Style Warrior Tee & Hoody Offer


Ladies and gentlemen, in conjunction with STYLE WARRIOR I am very pleased to announce that as from today there is a brand-new ABU! t-shirt available to purchase.

Featuring the much-loved and iconic font as found on many NYC b-boy and DJ crews in the 1970s, STYLE WARRIOR have given it their unique spin and have produced a perfect design for the ABU! massive.

Not only just a tee but also up for grabs is a top-quality hoody in the same colours and design which will be perfect for wearing during those nippy Autumn evenings.

Available in a range of sizes, head over to http://www.stylewarrior.co.uk/abu-shirt/ now to make your purchase as with all Style Warrior stuff, this is a pre-order item only. Plus you need to order ASAP as they will only be available for a limited time. In fact you have until Sunday 12th July to order. After that the option to buy is gone.

A big supa-dope shout to Martin @Style Warrior for the fresh designs.

You know you need one of these. Remember what happened when the original ABU! shirts sold out? Don't let it happen again!

Order NOW!

http://www.stylewarrior.co.uk/abu-shirt/

Sunday, 19 July 2015

UK Fresh 86

Did you know that today is exactly 29 years to the day since arguably the UK's biggest 80s hip hop festival took place?
Saturday July 19th 1986 was the date, Wembley Arena was the venue.
Playing live over two separate shows - one in the afternoon, the other in the evening were the following acts:

GRANDMASTER FLASH
LOVEBUG STARSKI
HASHIM
SIR MIXALOT
ROXANNE SHANTE 
DR JECKYLL & MR HYDE
STEADY B
WORD OF MOUTH & DJ CHEESE
THE REAL ROXANNE & HITMAN HOWIE TEE
MANTRONIX
THE WORLD CLASS WRECKIN KRU
ALEEM

Word Of Mouth MCs

Punter

More punters
Aleem and Leroy Burgess

Bambaataa

Captain Rock
The Furious 5

Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde

DJ Cheese

Dre & The World Class Wreckin Kru

Lovebug Starski

Mantronix

Mona Lisa with The World Class Wreckin Kru

Bambaata & Soulsonic

The crowd

Another crowd shot

Cheese signing autographs

Seating only

UK B-boys in '86

GM Flash

The Furious 5


Mantronik & Mike Allen

Mike looking sharp

Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde

I will always regret in never having gone as in retrospect this concert seems to be the greatest hip hop event that ever took place in the UK. However I have a tape-rip of most of the acts and many pictures of the day after scouring the 'net.
If I recall correctly I think I was doing my school Work Experience at the time of this in Sainsbury's in deepest, darkest Camberley, Surrey. I remember being in the warehouse out the back and listening to a Mike Allen show on my Walkman as a way of compensating.

As it's the 30 years anniversary next year wouldn't it be great if there was an event to mark the occasion? Street Sounds I'm sure are probably already aware. At least I'd hope they were. 

For more info on UK Fresh 86 go to Simmo's excellent Mike Allen website here.
And also please check this great recent post from the man, Waxer.


Also, whilst flicking through an old issue of Grand Slam Magazine I came across this ad for UK Fresh '03. Does anyone even remember this? I'm pretty sure it never actually took place.....anyone?

All photos are copyright A McGuire, Olaf & Simmo.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Disco Scratch - Polystylism


Recently on DISCO SCRATCH RADIO Thursdays you may have realised that there have been some new additions.
As well as the regular weekly shows from Waxer and the monthly ABU! Podcast there are a couple of fresh shows airing monthly; Polystylism and Digging 4 Victory.

Polystylism is a 60-minute personal music show from DS host, Waxer. It delves into his psyche and peels back this complicated individual's musical loves that are outside the characteristic hip hop and goes way deeper.
The latest show (#4) looked at a style of music called Synthwave or Outrun. This is a retro sound reminiscent of early 1980s New Wave electronic music which relied on a heavy use of synthesizers.

This is all-new, uncharted territory and together with LG's fantastic Digging 4 Victory show shows you why Disco Scratch rules in '15. You won't find this on any other radio station.

http://polystylism.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Polystylism4_09.07.2015.mp3

Disco Scratch - Digging 4 Victory

As with my previous post about new stuff going on at Disco Scratch this is a little piece about LG's fantastic Digging 4 Victory project which incorporates a podcast once a month (initially via DSR).

The ideology of Digging 4 Victory (explained here) is simple - to re-use music, to give new life to discarded vinyl and place it in a new context or even just a new owner. Participants are encouraged to go 'digging' in record shops, charity shops, car boots, recycling centres....anywhere where you might find old records and produce a compilation or 'mixtape' which their new-found treasure.
These results will then be the basis of the D4V Podcast.

Have a look at LG's previous Podcasts (here's Show #2 for example) and you'll see a wonderful visual example of what a typical playlist is like. Having said that, each show's playlist is not made in stone as by the very nature of digging you never know quite what you'll unearth. However you should expect to hear funk, jazz and hip hop.
The topics of the different sources of finding music ranges from 'Digging In The Pockets' (paid-for stuff), 'Digging In The Crates' (songs inspired by watching Red Bull Academy videos), 'Cheap As Chips' (Discogs finds) as well as internet-searching ('Digging Through The Net').

So far the Podcasts have been the fruits of LG's own searching so anyone else wanting to get involve is certainly more than welcome.

Get involved!
http://www.digging4victory.com/

ABU! Merch - LAST DAY TODAY!

Just letting you know that TODAY is the last time you will be able to order an ABU! hoody or t-shirt.
I don't want anyone to miss out so get yours ASAP.
Top quality products as expected with all STYLE WARRIOR gear. For all info go here: http://www.stylewarrior.co.uk/abu-shirt/

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

ABU! / Style Warrior Tee & Hoody


Ladies and gentlemen, in conjunction with STYLE WARRIOR I am very pleased to announce that as from today there is a brand-new ABU! t-shirt available to purchase.

Featuring the much-loved and iconic font as found on many NYC b-boy and DJ crews in the 1970s, STYLE WARRIOR have given it their unique spin and have produced a perfect design for the ABU! massive.

Not only just a tee but also up for grabs is a top-quality hoody in the same colours and design which will be perfect for wearing during those nippy Autumn evenings.

Available in a range of sizes, head over to http://www.stylewarrior.co.uk/abu-shirt/ now to make your purchase as with all Style Warrior stuff, this is a pre-order item only. Plus you need to order ASAP as they will only be available for a limited time. In fact you have until Sunday 12th July to order. After that the option to buy is gone.

A big supa-dope shout to Martin @Style Warrior for the fresh designs.

You know you need one of these. Remember what happened when the original ABU! shirts sold out? Don't let it happen again!

Order NOW!

http://www.stylewarrior.co.uk/abu-shirt/

Friday, 26 June 2015

Watching My Name Go By (1976)



This is one for anyone with an interest in original New York graffiti.
Part of the BBC 1970s Omnibus series, New York, New York is essentially two documentaries in one with both of them concentrating on New York City's art scene.
Part one ('Saturday In Soho') shows the experimental, spontaneous art scene including dance, music improv and some dope airbrushing. The doc dispenses with inane narration and lets you watch for yourself the happenings which gives it a proper fly-on-the-wall feel. Just brilliant.

Part two however, is the one to really get the goosebumps going. Entitled Watching My Name Go By, this documentary as with the first is a real life look at the goings-on in the city at the time.
We're talking proper old school tags here and the beginnings of when productions were just beginning to become more confident.
Watch the kids just blatantly tagging anything in sight! It's a brilliant slice of organic, self-expression the likes of which our kids' generation will sadly never experience.

Watch it now on BBC iPlayer - this may be limited so hurry, hurry.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p02tc9t5/omnibus-new-york-new-york

Also, check just the graffiti part if you prefer as some kind soul has kindly uploaded it to Youtube (albeit with a few audio substitutions)

Many thanks to Lee Lawrence for spotting this (and I think LG did, too)



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls5fsJI_7fQ

Boogie Down Under - The Sunday Rewind



This Sunday I am lucky enough to be featured on Dayle 'The Shift' Dickson's Boogie Down Under Radio Show, live from Oz!

Listen in on your internet device from 11am - midday on Sunday 28th June to hear my special Crumplestock/Heroes mix.
The link is here: http://mixlr.com/the-boogie-down-under-radio-show/

If you are Facebook-inclined then check the Event Page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1643031195941128/

Cheers!
Mr Please Please Himself Reepz

June 2015 ABU! Podcast - DOWNLOAD

Here's the link(s) to last night's ABU! Show.

Thank you to all that joined in the chat and a special cheers to all the requests. If you have one for July's show then drop a line in the comments.

Download #1




(Direct source: https://hearthis.at/kxdhfWHR/51ageing-b-boys-unite-podcast-abu-ds-takeover-show-june-2015/)

Download #2
http://www.solidfiles.com/d/e0ceb46578/

Peace,
Awesome Supa Dupa Troopa Repo


Tracklisting:

ABU Show 51 June 2015


01  Mark Snow - X-Files Theme
02  David Hasselhoff - True Survivor (from Kung Fury Soundtrack)
03  Kid Flash - Mind Your Business (Steve Halstead)
04  Phill Most Chill - On Tempo Jack (Myk)
05  Joseph Koo / Wang Fu Ling - The Killing Fight (from The Big Boss Soundtrack)
06  Dilated Peoples - Work The Angles (Wock)
07  3rd Bass - Ace In The Hole
08  All C n I Live Set - Pt1
09  The Stop The Violence Movement - Self Destruction
10  Stetsasonic - Talkin' All That Jazz (Banzai)
11  Gunshot - Patriot Games

The Funk Trunk
12  The Blackbyrds - Rock Creek Park
13  Manzel - Space Funk
14  Dexter Wansel - Theme From The Planets
15  The Simonsound - Tour De Mars

16  Osymyso - Apothegm (The 'Marmite' Track!)
17  Public Enemy - Harder Than You Think (Banzai)
18  Jive Rhythm Trax 122BPM
19  Paul Hardcastle - 19 Whiz Kid Mix
20  Ron B  - Stitch By Stitch 99
21  All C n I Live Set - Pt2 (Bill's Bit/Telly/JB Beat/Live Cutting)
22  Mystery Scratch Track!
23  Deliverance - Dragon Dance (Fortune Cookie Mix) 2015
24  Black Sheep -The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)

Reggae Section
25  Cutty Ranks - Limb By Limb
26  Capleton - Armshouse
27  Cutty Ranks - Who Say Me Dun 
28  Jah Screechy – Walk And Skank

29  LOTUG - Sleep For Dinner (Remix)
30  pomDeter - Eddie Cheeba Skit
31  Young Disciples - Step Right On
 

Thursday, 25 June 2015

That Olde English Font - Found?


Now I've been looking for the classic old school font used on many tees and sweaters throughout the 1970s and early 80s and it seems to have been found.
'Found' is probably the wrong word as this font has been recreated rather than discovered.

Anyway, the other day I went out into the big bad city of Norwich armed with my birthday cash in my sweaty hand on a mission to find a hefty supply of good tunes to purchase from the veritable supply of record shops.
Needless to say I went home disappointed after finding nothing. In fact the only records that showed any promise were in Sound Clash but after checking the prices soon put them back (£29.99 for a remastered 3 Feet High & Rising....seriously?).

So I stomped home and after a brew and a Twix to try and calm me down I decided to buy (yes, as in 'spend my own cash on something off the 'Net') the Grandmaster Clash font.

























You can purchase the font itself for your PC or if you wish buy some iron-on letters - as this was the intention of them in the first place, right?) - although I have to say that I'm a little disappointed that the Playboy Bunny symbol isn't included in the font pack yet is in the iron-on letters. Ho hum.

What are you waiting for? Go, go, go!

Grandmaster Clash Font
http://bengoetting.com/fonts

Iron-On Letter Set:
http://worldfamousoriginal.storenvy.com/products/13312347-iron-on-letter-set-grandmaster-clash

June 2015 ABU! Podcast - Tonite!



It's time for the ABU! Podcast.
Tune in to http://discoscratch.co.uk/radio/ tonight from 9pm sharp to hear myself as I takeover the usual Disco Scratch radio show in pure ABU style.
We've got a likkle bit of everything this month but full of that old school flavour you expect.
Thanks to all who sent in requests.
If you can't tune in then the download will be up to grab soon.


Your Lord and Master, Repo
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