Now it's not like me to have a rant here on BREAKS FOR DAYS, but this week BRITISH RAIL got me all stressed, so today they get the dilsnick! The mission should have been a simple one - hit some record spots with my man DJ OLSON, pick up a few crispy breaks, and then back to the P&O lab for a beat session.
In their infinite wisdom BRITISH RAIL have decided lately to perform engineering works at weekends (so as not to inconvenience their precious commuters into London. Yep that includes the same bankers that have single handledly fucked our economy!). The result is a series of poorly timed, and lengthy bus journies for the rest of the public just to get across town on a Bank Holiday Monday. But no trains! So what I actually got was a few hours shuffling through the crates at various record shops, then followed by 3 hours on a rail-replacement bus just to do the 20 miles or so back home! That bus broke down, and had to be replaced. I guess by the rail-replacement replacement bus! For f#ck's sake I'm not normally one to complain, but I could have travelled to Spain in the same time!
But there was no way I was gonna let this ruin the day, and luckily DJ OLSON convinced me to hit a small bookshop in DALSTON, East London in search of a dusty beat or two. Essentially a bookshop, but with a small doorway leading to a basement (maybe bedroom size) with walls covered with record sleeves. I like this shop, as you can browse with ease, and also listen to stuff before you buy. But most of all, the prices are cheap. Everything is £6.00 or cheaper, can't be fairer than that.
Straight out the crates was a C.C.S 45rpm with a nice hidden drum break. Plus the FREDDI HENCHI 45rpm that BEAT JUNKIE DJ BABU cut up on a DILATED PEOPLES track on the FUNKY PRECEDENT LP - trust me you'll like this one.
FREDDI HENCHI & THE SOUL SETTERS "Funky To The Bone" REPRISE RECORDS 1973
...and as for the tough drums on the C.C.S. 45rpm, here's a little snippet of the record, and then I will quickly loop up and fatten the drums.
C.C.S. "Save the World" RAK RECORDS 1971
Also for cheap I had to pick up the RHYME SYNDICATE RECORDS compilation LP just for "Save That Shit" by the funkyman LORD FINESSE when he was signed to the label. Produced by DJ ALLADIN and SLJ, engineered by JAZZY JAY. Sounds like FINESSE got women trouble!
LORD FINESSE - "Save That Shit" RHYME SYNDICATE RECORDS 1991
Before the bookshop, I had crept into Music & Video Exchange in Camden Town - what's up to TOMMY KOI who works there, thanks to him for putting me up on a SAMBA SOUL LP full of disco beats for the b-boys. In that shop I also copped another "Brasilian Hustle" 45rpm by ALICE STREET GANG (a Bambaataa spin).
Nice finds, but a bullshit journey! In future I'm gonna....
"Take the train, take the train!"