Sunday, 10 May 2015

Some Of My Flyer Designs

I realised the other day that after a few years of working with Photoshop I've amassed a rather modest collection of designs for flyers/posters.
To help me get organised I've put a load of them up on Flickr.
There's stuff from the ABU Podcasts, the No Half Steppin' events, my guest spots on The Hip Hop Sessions as well as other bits and doodads I've found.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Crumplstock 2015

So last weekend was the grand DJ Internet Weekender, Crumplstock.
Consisting of two 'stages' this was a very unique listening experience where you could choose which artist/dj you wished to listen to via one mouse-click (do people use mouses, mice?).

Patti A
I was lucky enough to take part and supplied an hour mix. I was also happy to help out with Patti A and do a mix based on the music she requested for our ABU interview from a little while back.

Below are my efforts.

LL Cool J Documentary (2015)

Nice short documentary about LL Cool J's history with Def Jam with a few knowledgeable heads in attendance.

Check these videos out below as they are the full versions from Soul Train which are shown briefly in the doc.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Style Warrior - Caveman Tee

Hot on the heels of the last Style Wars-inspired tee, Style Warrior are back with a rather more British design.
This time the spotlight is on the UK group, CAVEMAN. The three-man crew from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire (around 30 miles north-west of the heart of London, non-UK fans!) who came out with some supremely-strong singles as well as the killer album, Positive Reaction on the Profile Records label in 1990.

As always it's a pre-ordering process to get your mitts on one so you need to order first. If enough orders are made then the shirts get done, it's as simple as that.

For your top-quality tee go right now to the Style Warrior website and place your order.

Also, excuse me, can I have your attention but have you bought the altogether splendiforous Tough Crowd 7", the second release on Style Warrior Records? Don't be a scratty, manner-less turd, buy it!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Bronx '79 Trailer

Oh motherflippin' yes!

"Bronx 79 will provide the definitive history of the birth of hip-hop culture – the largest and most impactful youth movement of the past 40 years. Employing first-person interviews of the people that were there at the beginning, original footage and photographs of that era, and unique recreations through stylized animation and live-action we will finally see the untold story of the pioneers, the fans and the world of the South Bronx in 1979."

Flashformer For Sale On Ebay

Do you know what a Flashformer is?

It is an electrical device that when hooked up to your mixer and turntables allows you to perform seamless transformer scratches by simply pressing a couple of buttons.
Also it was created and designed by Grandmaster Flash.

I bought one back in hmmmmm, 1988? 1989? I thought it was a bit clunky personally and I seem to remember that the whole sound level dipped whenever you tried to transform. Maybe I didn't hook it up correctly.
Nevertheless I soon moved onto a Citronic mix shortly afterwards which included 'Punch' buttons on either side of the x-fader. This was a lot easier and I loved it. Annoyingly though it made me rely too much on the buttons and I pretty much left the x-fader alone for scratching not good for my important, formative scratch years.
I also remember pouring a tonne of WD-40 into that mixer as well to keep the faders smooth.Then one day I tipped the mixer on it's front to fiddle about with the cables and a load of gunky liquid began to start coming out of the front. Ahh, happy days.

Anyway, if you'd still like your own Flashformer then there's one available on (UK) Ebay now the next four days or so with an odd starting bid of £92. Just click here.

The Seller ("flashlite23") also has a great-looking copy of Joe Conzo/Buddy Esquire's BORN IN THE BRONX book (unopened) for sale. Sadly, it's a little out of my price range. However if anyone else has one then I'll gladly swap my own Flashformer for one, haha.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Ageing B Boys Unite! Takeover show - April 2015

Waxer takes over the ABU show that takes over the Disco Scratch show! 
2 hours of old records, soundbites from the past, opinion & chat to a Hip Hop soundtrack...
Big, big, big respect to my man Waxer for taking my baby and corrupting it into this parallel universe version of the usual ABU show.
It was quite strange to be tuning into the show and not having any control over the content nor not knowing what to expect. But all worries were soon lost after the first few seconds while Waxer reached back into the days of yore and stole samples from previous shows, music beds, drops and just about whatever else he could get his creatively-criminal hands on.

Where else would you ever find a takeover show of a takeover show?
Disco Scratch. That's where.

Keep it dusty.


(Direct source here)

Chrome & Illinspired - All Days (Official Video)

Here's the brand-new promo video from one of the best acts in the UK hip hop scene right now.
Taken from their recent All C N I album (still available to download) this will be their next single release on B-Line Recordings.
Featuring some of the best digging spots in the pair's hometown of Norwich and again produced by the great AboveGroundMedia this is a nicely-shot video capturing the lads doing what they feel their most relaxed at - digging in the crates for that elusive gem or undiscovered break.

Chrome & Illinspired can be found each third Saturday of the month @No Half Steppin' (along with DJ Just-1, myself and special guests).
Chrome also does '45 Fridays' every month (with Just-1) playing -as the title suggests - nothing but 45s.
Most hard-working? Definitely.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Crumplstock 2015 - The Internet DJ Weekender

Starting this evening is a unique listening experience.
It's a music festival that you can attend from anywhere in the world.
Crumplstock 2015 is an Internet DJ Weekender consisting of three days of mashups and Hip Hop on two stages.
This has been running previously but with just the one 'stage' - Crumplbangers. This year the Vinyl Injury Unit crew is joining in the provide music for the second stage. Crumplbangers are notorious for their mad, chaotic music mashups while Vinyl Injury are strictly hip hop and funk.

How does it work?
Start by visiting the main festival page and you'll see a rundown of all the acts performing, times and stages.
Click on one of the stages and you'll be able to see a list and clickable links of the artists/DJs.
When you click on one of them their corresponding Mixlr (broadcasting app) will appear to the right and when the time comes will begin playing their set.
There will only ever be TWO sets available at any one time, obviously as there are only TWO stages. You can flick between the two if you wish - not however when the ABU set is on! Each act gets one hour to shine and it can be anything from a pre-recorded set to live dj set or an hour of random noises, it's a totally free experience - although fitting into the parameters of 'hip hop' or 'mashup'. And a few djs are doing video streams as well.

Below is the running list for the Vinyl Injury Stage. This promises to be a nice few days.
It'd be great if you could tune in for a few of the sets. Oh, and there is a chatroom too so you can mingle with other like-minded people.

It all kicks off at 6pm!

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  • Day 1 - Friday 24th
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  • 18:00 -Brian Emery (Funky Friday) (Canada)
  • 19:00 -DJ Demented Man (UK)
  • 20:00 -DJ Bhose (Germany)
  • 21:00 -RJ Scratch (London)
  • 22:00 -DJ Dren (33 Throwdown) (UK)
  • 23:00 -Myk Apache Throwdown (UK)
  • 0:00 -Patti Astor (Fun Gallery/Wildstyle) (NYC/California)

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  • Day 2 - Saturday 25th
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  • 18:00- DJ Cougar (Maine)
  • 19:00- Death Hop (Not Australia)
  • 20:00- Juice MC's -Live Video link (UK)
  • 21:00- Chrome (B-Line/Deftex) (UK)
  • 22:00- DJ Shan (Trax FM) (London)
  • 23:00- Repo 136 (Ageing B-boys Unite!) (UK)
  • 0:00- Johnny Juice (UZN/Public Enemy) (NYC)
  • 1:00- Laz-ee (Plastic Attack:RTE) (Dublin)

Thursday, 23 April 2015

ABU Podcast - April 2015 - It's A Takeover Takeover!

Tonight being the last Thursday of the month is of course the ABU Disco Scratch Takeover Podcast.
But tonight it's a little different.

This month's show goes by the snappily-titled The Disco Scratch Takeover Of The Ageing B-Boys Unite! Takeover Of Disco Scratch Podcast.
Disco Scratch's own WAXER has fully-produced tonight's show using an assortment of my ABU bits and pieces.

Get ready to press 'Play & Record' for TWO hours of the finest in classic hip hop and chaos anywhere on your internet dial tonight at 9pm (GMT).
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