Saturday, 18 April 2015

No Half Steppin' - April 2015

This evening, in fact.

#ClassicHipHop #Vinyl# #Norwich #VeryShortNotice

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Sunny Tunes: Dumpster Funk Collection

Some years ago whilst I used to be a regular and active member of the Old School Hip Hop Board forum one of the guys posted a mix he'd done featuring old funk tunes.
In time this has become my 'go-to' grab-bag of summer funk tracks whenever the sunshine shows it's face. I don't know why but these songs demand to be heard on a lazy, sweltering afternoon. It just sounds better.

Put together by a guy by the name of R-CHECKA, this mainly instrumental collection of cool cuts is mixed splendidly - not beat-match mixing but just played one after another with each song complimenting the next.
Funk breaks, hard soul and the occasional vocal snatch from a Blaxploitation film all combine to make your listening experience one of sublime lushness.

Download them here:

Dumpster Funk 1, Disc 1, Part 1
rchecka - dumpster funk 1 disc 1 pt.1.mp3 (27.78MB) 

Dumpster Funk 1, Disc 1, Part 2
rchecka - dumpster funk 1 disc 1 pt.2.mp3 (37.56MB)

Dumpster Funk 1, Disc 2
rchecka - dumpster funk 1 disc 2.mp3 (109.98MB) 

Dumpster Funk, 2. 

Tracklisting (taken from

disc 1

part 1

01 intro/harlem underground band-ain’t no sunshine
02 harlem river drive-harlem river drive
03 johnny pate-end theme
04 blackbyrds-love is love
05 young-holt unlimited-soulful strut
06 jbs-hot pants road
07 kool and the gang-funky man (live at the sex machine)
08 the dakaris-super afro-beat
09 first choice-love thang
10 gaz-sing sing
11 rhythm heritage-theme from s.w.a.t

part 2

12 bobbi humphrey-chicago, damn
13 roy ayres-king george
14 johnny pate-bucktown
15 billy brooks-40 days
16 ronnie laws-all the time
17 cymande-rickshaw
18 les baxter-hogin’ machine
19 carl holmes-black bag
20 mandrill-fence walk
21 donald byrd-dominoes
22 willie hutch-brothers gonna work it out
23 harold melvin and the blue notes-tell the world how i feel about cha’ baby

disc 2

01(intro)r-checka-black exploitation (voice bits taken from “The Spook Who Sat By the Door-Soundtrack”)
02 rudy van moore-the hitman
03 galt macdermot-harlem medley
04 solomon burke-cool breeze
05 curtis mayfield-the underground
06 sabu martinez-afro temple
07 bwana-lu jurumba
08 antonio pinto and ed cortes-na rua, na chuva, na fazenda (taken from “City of God-Soundtrack”)
09 mc-in my life
10 dorothy ashby-come live with me
11 bohonnon-save their souls
12 kenny burke-risin to the top
13 al green-still in love with you
14 willie hutch-the mark of the beast
15 madlib-steppin again
16 donald byrd-steppin into tomorrow
17 (outro)herbie hancock-the pickup  

(N.b. No tracklisting for Dumpster Funk 2). 

For more from R-CHECKA go to his Mixcrate page which is here:

Sunday, 12 April 2015

ABU RECOMMENDS: The Shift - Low Budget - The Remix Mix

I heard a great little mix today brought to my attention by 'The Wonder From Boogie Down Under', Dayle aka The Shift.
I must confess to not knowing much if anything about this group but their sound, or at least the remixes of their songs displayed here on The Shift's compilation mix is a great sound featuring a heavily-influenced early 1980s funk sound.
This is a perfect accompaniment to a summer's day which is just around the corner.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

New Style Warrior Tee: DUMP KOCH

Style Warrior don't sleep. Fact.

They're back with a new t-shirt design strictly for the ageing b-boys amongst us.
The simple 'Dump Koch' is a double-whammy. Using the infamous message from SPIN's famous NYC subway train piece from 1982 and marrying it with a certain other slogan's typography - Make Your Mark IN Society Not ON Society - this tee is a must for all old school fans.

Mayor Ed Koch was governing New York City at the time and faced a losing battle against the subway artists of the day who grew more fearless as well as progressively more artistic in their bigger and bolder productions on the Transit line.

Koch was a larger than life personality and was not one to mince his words. Anyone watching Tony Silver and Henry Chalfont's documentary Style Wars one could not help but secretly admire his staunch, old school beliefs. With strong views on "an eye for an eye" discipline and his partiality towards the death penalty, Koch seemed - at least to someone living overseas - like someone not to be messed with.
But mess with him is exactly what some did, especially when his office introduced the Make Your Mark IN Society... campaign in the early 1980s.
This operation involved an array of celebrities of the day all encouraging the youth of the city to stop writing on trains and go home and do something less boring instead. Did it work? Time, as Koch boasted, would tell.
SPIN took to the trains to provide the Mayoral commitee a hard-hitting, artistic retaliation in a manner that Koch would understand and by doing so would make an enduring image in the process.

Once again, Style Warrior prove they are Britain's finest hip hop designers with their unique twist on a fiercely-guarded property within the culture's community and come up with another sureshot.

This tee is a pre-order product which means you either order it right now or miss out. You have until Sunday 19th April to get ordering.

To order yours go here:

And don't forget if you haven't bought your copy of the latest Style Warrior 7", Manners by Tough Crowd then click here to purchase one now.

Further reading: - Online mecca of graffiti history

Also watch this space for a Style Wars feature coming soon on ABU.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Disco Scratch Is Not Dead

Disco Scratch is back.
In a new easy-to-manage one hour slot for the forseeable future, Waxer will be dropping a weekly pre-recorded Podcast, ready to roll every Thursday at the same regular time of 9pm.
It will be repeated the next evening at 10pm which is straight after DJ Laz-e's Plastic Attack show (9-10pm) on 2XM.

I think things are going to be alright now.

Oh yeah, my favourite cut from the show was MF Doom 'My Mic Sounds Nice 'BTW, as you weren't asking.

Monday, 30 March 2015

De La Soul's New Album

 Now this is different. Very different.

De La Soul haven't had a studio album out in 11 years. They are in the process of putting their next one out and we, the fans, are being counted on to make this happen.

Are you aware of Kickstarter? It is a global crowdfunding platform and those "who back Kickstarter projects are offered tangible rewards and one of a kind experiences in exchange for their pledges".
In the case of the De La album these rewards can be anything from a $5 offering which gives you an email from the group extending their thanks right up to going into the studio, listening to the album and recording a skit to be included for a princely sum of $7500.

Not only that but this is where it gets even more interesting. Over the past three years the crew have been recording a host of talented musicians jamming in a studio and have amassed over 200+ hours of music. From this they intend to sample whatever they like and this will be the basis of their album.
It's genius. It means they are free to use whatever they like without being reprimanded - just like the days of 3 Feet High And Rising!

"Sampling is basically copying a piece of sound, from one recording, and reusing it to create a new recording. It is how De La has always made music. The sampler is our instrument, but people who copy, and in this case "sample," have also been considered thieves and unoriginal. So, unfortunately a huge part of our career has also been spent fighting off the “sample police.”
Enough of those battles! For the new album, we needed a completely new approach, something Hip-Hop hasn’t done before. So, here it is: For the first time, we're going to sample ourselves. 

Here’s the interesting part. We are now in the process of going back to that 200+ hours of music, listening, enjoying and discovering those special moments where, musically, something magical happens, where interesting sounds and layers were forgotten, where new sounds can be sampled, looped, chopped, filtered and arranged, freely, without the intrusive presence of publishing politics and the infamous “sample police.” What we've done is created our own crates of records; album upon albums to mine and sample from."

For full info and your chance to be part of the project visit this link:

Friday, 27 March 2015

ABU March 2015 Podcast - DOWNLOAD

Here's this month's ABU show.
I decided to try something different and uploaded it as a stream so you just have to press play and listen to it as is.

Also available as a download here:

I'm fricking spoiling ya!


ABU #49 March 2015
The 'Check This Killer Podcast' Edition

01  Bernard Herrmann - I Work The Whole City (1976)
02  Main Source - Fakin The Funk (Remix) (1992)
03  Queen Latifah - Evil That Men Do (1989)
04  Hijack - Airwave Hijack (Part 1) (1991)
05  Coldcut - Theme  From Reportage (1989)
06  Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - The Magnificent Jazzy Jeff (1987)
07  Junkyard Band - The Word (1986)
08  Trouble Funk - Pump Me Up (1980)
09  Kurtis Blow - Party Time (The Repo Edit) (1985)
10  LL Cool J - Rock The Bells (1985)
11  Tough Crowd - Manners (2015)
12  Eminem - My Name Is (1999)
13  Johnny Dynell - Jam Hot (1983)
14  BDP - Questions & Answers (Pal Joey Remix) (1992)
15  Motion Man - Mo Like Flows On (1993)
16  Special Ed - Come On Let's Move It (1990)

The Funk Trunk
17  Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - The Bottle
18  Marvin Gaye - 'T' Plays It Cool (Unedited Version) (1972)

19  Exactshit/Hexstatic - Wild Style

Groove Electro Chart March 1985 Top 10
20  Jazzy Jay - Def Jam (1985)
21  Unknown DJ - 808 Beats (Club) (1984)
22  Itchiban Scratch (Version 1) (1984)

23  Drake - Know Yourself (2015)
24  Chrome and Illinspired - All Days (2015)

Roots Of The Roots
25  Sparks - The Number One Song In Heaven (1979)

26  Harold Faltermeyer - Fletch Theme (1985)

Thursday, 26 March 2015

ABU Record Label!

Well, not really.

You can now download the ABU albums from Bandcamp for free. This will also be where future albums will now appear.
It's clean (virus-free), professional-looking and all centralised which gets a big thumbs-up from me. The sound quality of the songs should also sound better, too.

Click here to view the page:

A big shout to RYAN over at Old To The New – Ryan Proctor’s Beats, Rhymes & Hip-Hop Nostalgia blog who mentioned the second album yesterday.

ABU Records....hmmm, does have a nice ring to it though.....

Here's ABU Volume 2:

And Volume 1:

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

ABU Podcast #49 March 2015

This Thursday 9pm-11pm it's the ABU March Podcast.

Back to the full-fat 2 hours.

Get the live stream at:
Get in the chatroom at:

DJ Shan Frenzie's Zulu Beat Throw Down Mix

First of all, just have a look at this cover.
Without even hearing the audio you just KNOW that this is going to be good.

A special mix from Australia courtesy of DJ SHAN FRENZIE produced to coincide with the recent DJ Shadow/Cut Chemist Renegades Of Funk tour in which Bambaataa's original records (yes, his own personal records) were used.

Get on this and give your ears a treat.


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