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.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

ABU Guesting On The Hip Hop Sessions - TONITE!

I really don't give you lot much notice about these things any more, do I? Maybe 'cos I'm a bit waaaaay, a bit woooo. Or maybe I'm just getting lazy.
Whatever the reason for my tardiness I just wanted to let you know that I'm on the radio tonight from 11pm playing a bit of classic hip hop, electro and breaks - then again if you know ABU then you know just what to expect.

Cripes, I haven't even posted any details about another event I'm involved with this weekend.
I really am too cool for school.
Soon come.

Blastmaster Reepz.

10pm - Midnight

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Disco Scratch Radio - The Boogie Down Under Takeover - TONITE!

Tonight on Disco Scratch radio sees the inaugural Takeover from Melbourne's own Boogie Down Under.
Hosted by Dayle, this is a new and exciting showcase of the best talent - old and new - of what Australia has to offer. It's been a while coming with various obstacles thrown in his way (hard drive crash with most of the show finished!) but Dayle is coming correct with what's sure to be a truly amazing show.

Catch it tonight via the Disco Scratch Radio page. Choose your preferred player and away you go.
Disco Scratch is a trluly interactive experience so why not join the chat and speak to other like-minded fans over at the chatroom page.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Top 10 Material....Easily!

One of these days I'm going to make a list of my top 10 songs.

I have tried to do this many times in the past but I soon realise how daunting this task actually is. Especially when I glance at my record shelves and let out an involuntary wince.
Of course there are songs that stay with you and will always stand the test of time but there is always something that catches you off guard and is a track that you've momentarily forgotten about that upon hearing it instantly gives you goosebumps. Or wood.

For now though I shall add Kid Frost's Terminator to the list.
I'm listening to it now as I type this and from the opening eerie synth sounds and vocoder, the hairs on the back of your neck instantly stand up. And you get wood.
What a great, great record.
I first heard this played by Mike Allen on his Capital Radio show one evening in 1985 and was smitten. As clear as day (and the fact I recorded it on cassette) I can still recall Mike playing it with his immortal words spoken over the intro....."this is Kid Frost...if you listen carefully you can hear the Sikorsky gunships.... be careful, he's out there...".

The fact that this made it onto Electro volume 9 just sealed it's fate with me and that volume is the best of the series in my opinion. Not just because of Terminator, you understand, although that does play a large part.

This was completely different to anything out there at the time and still holds up today. I love this.
I shall end with this brilliant review from "gresty" which can be found on the Discogs website.

"There are so many great electro moments from this period but if I had to name one track which epitomises it all it would be 'Terminator'. Listening to it today, it still sounds as fresh and tight as the day I bought it all those years ago. It stands head and shoulders above 90% of electro from the mid-80's and I would say only a handful of other tracks come close to it's genius (Mr. P, Synergy and Ervin German spring to mind.) Frost's rapping is tough, intelligent and original whilst the overall mood is dark and claustrophobic. Some of the electronics used, the fizzing, clicking industrial sounds, are way ahead of their time. One of the criticisms levelled at mid-80's rap is that of it was too corny but this track is seriously cool."

Download the 12" here:

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

ABU Podcast #44 August 2014 DOWNLOAD

As I said, it was a live show last Thursday rather than a pre-record.
The focus this month was on the breakbeats and the records that had sampled them. I tried to cover the main ones but time was against me and I missed one very important break out. I could've slipped it in at the end but that wouldn't have given it the right feeling. That would've been a sad injustice to a criminally-important song.
Anyhoo, there were a lot of other goodies in there including a section on the 'Mardi Gras' break where I played the 'no bells' version(!) and also uncovered the mystery 'noise' which is only heard right at the beginning during the actual break.

Next week sees the return proper of the weekly Disco Scratch Radio Show. Every week Waxer will be in the chair giving you the full funk rock-shock that we've been fiending for. It's a new day. The DS head-honcho has vowed that this is a new chapter.
You may be aware that the DS Forum has now closed (due to lack of activity - mainly thanks to Facebook) which is sad but inevitable. I had a bit of a wobble about the ABU blog earlier in the year due to similar circumstances.
It's true that a lot more goes on on the ABU Facebook group than it does here. It's just so easy to post something on FB than it is on Blogger. And the audience is bigger.
If you want to know why I do then this should explain. I can post a video or question on the FB Group and I'll get comments within a few minutes. If I do the same here then I'll be lucky to get at least one reply in a week.
Again, sad but inevitable.

N.b. I was so caught up 'in the moment' that I inadvertently forgot to push the record button until 30 minutes into the show.

This is the main show:!_Podcast_-_ABU!_DS_Takeover_Show_August_2014.mp3

After the show ended I played a few soul sister funky bits as a request for Mrs Waxer x.!_Podcast_-_ABU!_DS_Takeover_Show_August_2014.mp3

Thursday, 28 August 2014

The ABU Podcast August 2014 - LIVE TONITE!

This month's ABU show is LIVE on Disco Scratch Radio tonight. Hosted as ever by yours truly, Mr Repo, I will be examining the world of funk breakbeats with a host of tracks from the greatest decade of this genre - the Seventies.

It's all live and it starts at 9pm.


Lord Reepington

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Grandmaster Flash on Now Playing @6Music

 I listened to this last night. Quite interesting in parts as Grandmaster Flash talked to 6Music's Tom Robinson (who used to be gay, and happy to be or something, and liked singing about it) last Sunday.
It's only up until this weekend then it's gone. I've made a copy and I'll upload it once I have time if you miss this.


    Grandmaster Flash and Furious Five - The Message
    Chic - Good Times
    Public Enemy - Harder Than You Think
    Afrika Bambaataa and Soulsonic Force - Planet Rock
    Roy Ayers - Running Away
    Doug E. Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew - The Show
    Herbie Hancock - Rockit
    Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover
    Tom Tom Club - Genius Of Love
    Donald Byrd (Fallin' Like) - Dominoes
    The Sugarhill Gang - Apache
    Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five - Freedom
    Roots Manuva - Witness (1 Hope)
    Parliament - Flashlight
    James Brown - Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose
    Ray Charles - What'd I Say
    Digable Planets - Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
    Deee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart

    Grandmaster Flash in the mix
        UB40 - Red Red Wine
        James Brown - The Payback
        Soul II Soul - Keep On Movin' (Club Mix)
        Mary Jane Girls - All Night Long
        Barry White - It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me
        Suzanne Vega - Tom's Dinner
        Jade - Don't Walk Away
        Marvin Gaye - "T" Plays It Cool
        Hall & Oates - I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)
        Universal Vibrations - No Light No Sound
        AC/DC - Back In Black
        Run‐D.M.C. - Walk This Way
        The O'Jays - For The Love Of The Money
        Blondie - Rapture
        Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait (Powermix)
        Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music
        Montell Jordan This Is How We Do It
        Indeep - Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
        The Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight

 (I know, but UB40 works really well, I thought!)

Check it here.
Listen to it soon!

Monday, 11 August 2014

Steinski's Fear

I just read a post that inspired me to listen to Steinski's Nothing To Fear mix.
Any cut 'n' paste freak will tell you that this is one of the greatest audio mixes on the planet.

It's available from the man himself, Steinski, on his website. Mr Stein is a great believer in free speech and free music as well. Which is handy as you may be well aware of if you read anything by him on his site.
Don't forget to check out Freddy Fresh's review about the mix on Discogs, too.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Graffiti: Kings on a Mission (BBC Radio 4 Doc)

Thanks to Cold Chillin' Craig for spotting this today just before it was broadcast!

In 1974, one of America's most celebrated cultural figures declared graffiti as "the great art of the 70s".
Back then, thousands of teenagers were vandalising New York, in particular the subway system. Yet Norman Mailer described their "passion", their "cool", their "masterpieces in letters six feet high".
Who were the teens behind the "tags" - now the veterans of the scene? Why did they create this movement? Were they even thinking about art, politics, protest - or simply writing their names on trains?

BBC Radio 4 meets some of those who defied the law (and their parents) and diced with death including pioneers such as Riff 170, Jester, Coco 144, Flint Gennari, and Tats Cru. Their efforts have been replicated far beyond New York - in art galleries and in the hands of Arab Spring protesters - and yet their aspirations were largely apolitical: they were chasing fame and the acceptance of their peers.
The programme explores the city's complicated relationship with graffiti, which it appears to condemn and celebrate in equal measure. Former artists - or "writers" as they prefer to be known - revisit their old haunts and discuss why they believe they had a right to "tag", "bomb" and "destroy" New York with markers and spray paint.
The programme paints a vivid picture of a city that became a canvas at a time when, according to Norman Mailer, "it looked as if graffiti would take over the world".

Produced by Steve Urquhart
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

It's still available to listen to for a year.
Failing that it will be here on my server forever (when saying the word 'forever' I always say it like CAP from Style Wars utters it. But meh, that's just me).

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Wild Style Breakbeats 7" Kay-Dee Records

The 45 revival continues in brisk fashion within hip hop with this brand-new release from Kenny Dope's Kay-Dee Records.

A beautifully-packaged bunch of 7" vinyl - seven copies - housed in a 7" book from the classic Wild Style movie containing rare photos and text from director Charlie Ahearn is on pre-order right now.
You might be mistaken for just thinking that this is just another rehash of what is already available. You'd be nearly correct in that assumption. However these are specially-extended versions of all the original breaks created for the film with Lenny Ferrari and Chris Stein respectively on drums and bass. The beats have been freaked with by the magnificent Kenny Dope (Masters At Work) to made them feel bigger with extended intros and edits.

As I said it does look mightily impressive and of course is a must for any old school collector. However as you might expect it has a bit of a price - around the £60 mark.

The book features the following elements:
- 13 songs total, spread out over seven 45s(each with a different label color)
– Re-edited and Re-Eqed extended audio versions of each song, from original reels
– Extensive liner notes in a 28-page book, including dozens of images – from “Wild Style” director Charlie Ahearn, among other sources – as well as interviews with Fab 5 Freddy, Chris Stein and GrandWizzard Theodore
– The 14th side (the B-side of the seventh 45) features unique etchings with different “Wild Style” graphics
– Unique “Kay-Dee Casebook” packaging – all seven 7-inches fit into a book as self-contained pages

Purchase now at Juno Records online.

Props to Jamez for spotting this.

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