Monday, 16 June 2014

TRC 25th Anniversary - June 22nd

This coming Sunday evening get yourself over to the BIG CHILL BAR in Brick Lane East London for the TROUBLED CHILDREN (TRC) 25th Anniversary jam. There will be an exclusive vinyl release available on the night by UK Hip Hop legends the GUTTER SNYPES, plus UK b-boy legends SECOND TO NONE will be throwing down on the breaks. Myself and BEAT DETECTIVE shall be rockin' the 1s and 2s alongside DJ PRONE, PRIME CUTS and DJ FORMAT. See you there...

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Super Bad Super Funk

That good dude DJ ZOROCK has just dropped volume 2 of his SUPER FUNK series. SUPER BAD (SUPER FUNK pt.2) is another sureshot mix of dancefloor funk grooves and b-beats. I particularly enjoyed volume 1 when it dropped a few months back, and so far volume 2 is just as good as the first instalment. ZOROCK got soul and his musical choice reflects that. Get stuck in....

Friday, 6 June 2014

Rob Life In The Mix

My fellow VINYL VETERAN member ROB LIFE is nasty on the doubles, and one hell of DJ to watch spin doubles live. His track selection is sharp and the execution is for want of a better word flawless. So I'm happy to share with you (in my own absence) this one hour chunk of ROB live on the ones and twos from back in 2006. ROB LIFE takes no shorts ... only doubles!

"mix for radio" circa 2006 Breaks, funk and B-boy flavours by Rob Life on Mixcloud

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Bodi Khuu on the Beats

Tell me this ain't beautiful.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Dust & Grooves Book Launch London

I'll be spinning records this Friday to celebrate the launch of the DUST AND GROOVES book. Hope to see some of you London folk there!

Friday, 22 March 2013

Vinyl Veterans Special

Get down to Brighton on Saturday 6th April for a VINYL VETERANS special: OXYGEN will be in the UK, in the building and in gear ready to perform an intimate DJ/MC set alongside the SOUNDSCI crew (hopefully including AUDESSEY). The whole VINYL VETERANS crew will be in attendance as well as us DAILY DIGGERS dropping a few funky jewels on the 1s and 2s. We hope to see you there....

Main Artery UBB 45s

For those of you out there with a soft spot for the ULTIMATE BREAKS & BEATS series (compiled by LOUIS FLORES and the late great LENNY ROBERTS) and also a passion for records that revolve at 45 revolutions per minute, you might wanna take a peep at this picture below.
A few months ago MAIN ARTERY PRINTS (with help from Andy at ELDICA RECORDS) produced a huge poster print (51cm x 105cm) cataloging 7" labels from many super rare Funk 45s. Not only do these prints look fantastic but they also act as a constant reminder of those essential joints you still need to find! To follow up on the funk poster MAIN ARTERY are now offering a very limited print featuring 45s which featured on the much revered ULTIMATE BREAKS & BEATS series. These prints have been compiled with the blessing of BREAKBEAT LOU and are produced in memory of BREAKBEAT LENNY. These two characters were so significant in the history of hip hop music as they provided the sample fodder for the majority of Golden Era Hip Hop records. Without the UBB compilation series being available throughout the NYC area, I doubt there would have been so many 80s hip hop records released full stop.

Regular readers of this blog will know I have more than a fleeting obsession with UBB 45s so you can bet your last pound note that I was zoned out for a few minutes on first seeing this new print. They do come up a bit costly but I know that the price reflects both the print and paper quality. Plus this would look so fresh on the DAILY DIGGERS HQ wall. I'm very tempted indeed ... take a look for yourself (click on photo for larger view).

Monday, 18 March 2013

Another One Bites The Dust

Another record shop has succumb to the economic vice grip that is squeezing everyone's pocket so tight of late. I have been frequenting the SOUL & DANCE EXCHANGE in Notting Hill for more years than I can count on my fingers and toes, so I was gutted to find out the shop is now empty. Neither can I count the amount of crazy dope records I have scooped outta here over the years (including several of my PETE ROCK & CL SMOOTH promos). LUCKILY the shop has not completely disappeared but instead amalgamated with their ROCK EXCHANGE branch which is only a few doors down. But even though, it is still the end of an era. I wanna give a shout out to all the SADE staff that have supplied my dope over the years .... including TOMMY, SEAN, TONY, JOHN, RICHARD, and ZACK. Thanks fellas, I will of course be supporting the new spot.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Hand Over the Mike

Here's an unreleased FRESH SKI and MO ROCK demo track from 1987. This track was penciled in to be the b-sice of their "Talking Pays" 12" on TUFF GROOVE records, but this was later replaced by "Pick Up On This".

Friday, 15 March 2013

Ike's Mood

This is a copy of the ISAAC HAYES classic "Ike's Mood" on 45. And yes ... it has the break too.