Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Monday, 27 February 2012
Sunday, 26 February 2012
Hence I have unearthed a lotta dope 45s over the years but not bought them due to the state of the playing surface. If it means I have to wait and find three or four copies until I am satisfied then so be it. I know some people are happy with 45s as long as they don't jump or skip, but I don't want it to sound like someone's frying an egg in the background. Don't get me wrong, I love a bit of dust and static as it adds to the vintage music listening experience, but cue burn and crackles are a big NO in my book. As usual I have been hunting 'em down lately both around London town's record spots, and while trawling the usual internet sites for a bargain. Here's just a few of 45s I have copped lately with a crispy break of one kind or another...
STYLES OF BOBBY DAY - "Your Love" BYRDLAND RECORDS
Now I never expected to find this record while on a physical dig. I always expected that I would have to secure one of these little beauties on the internet whilst waving a large amount of cash in the air! But one weekend last year I got lucky at Olympia Record Fair in West London and found a copy just before I was going to leave the fair. Picture this, an undercover fair the size of a football pitch and covered with nothing but record and CD stalls plus the usual music paraphernalia. I had already been there rummaging through the various stalls for over 5 hours and had a bag full of quality stuff, but nothing amazing. As the digging headache set in and my fellow beatdiggers were ready to call it a day, I stumbled into a stall run by an American couple and they had some great little boxes of funk 45s. While checking these out the stall holder offered a box of rarer items for my perusal, and this is where I discovered this BOBBY DAY joint. So why was I so damned eager to find this 45?? Just take a listen to the drum intro and this will answer your question.
This copy actually came from the man himself BOBBY DAY - the last of his remaining personal stash. This is one record that fetches mad loot on the web. And a quick shout out to SOUL SAFARI - the fact that you have this little gem made we want one more!
COALKITCHEN - "Keep On Pushing" FULL MOON RECORDS 1977
Now everyone will recognise the drum sample on this one even if the name COALKITCHEN means nothing to them. In fact people who have very little or no knowledge of hip hop or the breaks will still possibly recognise this catchy little break. Although I am not a fan of the "obvious" sampling use of this record, but I have a couple of old school tapes where this beat is doubled up for the emcees and that is what made me want it. Those cheeky horns that follow the drum intro are insane too (I think on the old school tape the DJ cuts this up including the horn part). I have been searching for the hard to find COALKITCHEN LP with this track on it but I have only ever seen one in a record shop and it was ridiculously priced. At the time I wasn't even aware of a pressing on 45rpm, which I would rather own anyway. And this copy right here is almost unplayed - just how I like them!
ROBERT PARKER - "Get Ta Steppin'" ISLAND RECORDS 1974
I forget when and where I bought this record, or where I heard about it first. In fact it may have been one of those off-the-cuff blind purchases so it wouldn't have cost me more than a couple of quid. I have often spotted ROBERT PARKER 45s in the funk crates whilst out shopping, and as far as I know there is a nice LP by him entitled "Barefootin'" on NOLA RECORDS but I have yet to see one. The same track is on both sides with a mono version and stereo version on the flip. In this instance the mono version is much louder and the drums sound fatter in the mix. It's more of a funky loop than an all out drum break, but it's laid back and so funky like a tramps footwear. Check out the soundclip and if you like what you hear there are several cheap copies of this 45 on DISCOGS at present.
BUARI- "Karam Bani" RCA RECORDS 1975
Now this is some serious afro funk from BUARI, a singer, dancer, percussionist and composer from Ghana. I can tell you very little about this man and his music, other than that this track "Karam Bani" was most notably used by CHIEF GROOVY LOO & THE CHOSEN TRIBE on their 1992 release "I Love New York" which happens to be one of my favourite 12" releases from that year. They only sampled the first half a bar or so - me personally I would have flipped the whole beat. If you know of any other hip hop tracks that sample this record please drop me a line and let me know.
LARRY CORRYEL - "Morning Sickness" VANGUARD RECORDS 1969
I have this track on LARRY CORRYEL's self titled album from 1969, but again this another instance where I didn't realise there was a 45rpm version out there, admittedly this time it's only on a French pressing and it is hidden away as the b-side to "Sex". This joint is an absolute killer from start to finish as CORRYEL goes off on a mad jam session with some superb drums throughout. The little riff changes are suggestive and ever changing throughout whilst the drums continue to shuffle throughout whilst sometimes increasing in volume to emphasise the manic mood of this track. The legendary and hugely diabolical BIZ MARKIE flipped this CORRYEL joint on his "I Need a Haircut" LP, more specifically the track entitled "On and On". Dope shit!
Keep digging for those 45s!
Saturday, 25 February 2012
PHILL MOST CHILL is certainly a in demand emcee right about now (and with good reason) as he appears on the current and soon to be classic DJ FORMAT LP. He is also one half of the FABREEZE BROTHERS duo with PAUL NICE dropping a 12" this month, and I know of a few other projects he features on but cannot unveil at the moment.
The FAST RAP EP features 4 tracks with BANKRUPT EUROPEANS on production, and has the essential instrumental versions on the flip. Check out the soundclips above for snippets of just two of the four tracks on the vinyl. The cost is £12 each and can be purchased by contacting DJ SNAFU at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Friday, 24 February 2012
Thursday, 23 February 2012
DWG once again bringing some serious beats for the vinyl addicted, and as I have said numerous times lately JORUN BOMBAY can do nothing wrong right about now. Remember the name - you will definitely see more from him soon! Big shout to the DWG crew - the TDS MOB remix project is soon about to drop on plastic (including this banger from JORUN).
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
At the time I began my quest I could not understand why this man was not receiving more props from the hip hop community, and why there was zero information online about him. Suffice to say that this man also regularly worked behind the desk alongside the late great PAUL C McKASTY in the late 80s, so I'm sure you understand what level he was on from a production point of view. And for me personally records like the FREAK L joints on URBAN ROCK RECORDS, "Jus Feel It" by VANDY C himself with BILL BLAST, and TRAY BAG MC's "At A Jam" are some of my absolute favourite records from that era. VANDY was responsible for all of these.
PHOTO: TRUE PATRICK, RUN, JAY, BILL BLAST and VANDY C during the filming of KRUSH GROOVE. Shortly after my post in June 2009, I received a message from VANDY's daughter thanking me for my post and pointing me in the right direction where I could contact her father and updating me on his current role as PASTOR Vandy Colter. It seems he is still rocking crowds with a microphone and the skills he learned through his years in hip hop were still relevant for him today. With his daughter's help I was lucky enough to contact VANDY himself and found him to be an interesting and exuberant character who was more than willing to share some stories. The few things he told me at the time were like nuggets of gold info-wise, and I was keen to interview VANDY at some point to put an end to the lack of biography about him on the web.
This week I am very happy to tell you that despite my interview with VANDY C not reaching fruition, I am pleased to find out that that hard working dude KEVIN BEACHAM from FIFTH ELEMENT ONLINE has just conducted a full length video interview with VANDY C and it is live on the web for all to see as I write this. I must admit KEVIN has done a much better job of the interview than I could ever have done, but that's to be expected from KEVIN he truly is a positive force within the hip hop community.
So ... CLASS IS NOW IN SESSION! You NEED to sit back relax and pay attention to what this man has to say as he is an unsung hero of hip hop who was deejaying before the days of Grandmaster Flash and left his mark on the culture in his own inimitable way. Check out the full length interview including bonus footage over at FIFTH ELEMENT ONLINE. Massive respect and props go out to KEVIN BEACHAM, VANDY C, VANDY's daughter, BILL BLAST, TRAY BAG MC and FREAK L.