Thursday, 29 November 2012
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
But despite his name, LOUIS FLORES is more than just a break cat. His musical history goes deeper than JACQUES COUSTEAU and you can find out more by reading this most excellent interview with my cousin SKEME RICHARDS over at HOT PEAS AND BUTTA. Check it out with the quickness...
Monday, 26 November 2012
C'mon BIZ, do you really think you would fool me that easily? I've never seen a copy of BOB JAMES "Nautilus" on a CTI 45rpm single, and I'm damn sure if one existed I would have either seen a copy, or have been told about it by one of my many record diggin' colleagues. But, fair play to BIZ, he had me reaching for a Google search just for a second there ... checking that I hadn't been sleeping on a "Nautilus" 45 for all these years! Almost BIZ ... almost!
If you KNOW of or even OWN an official copy of "Nautilus" on a 45 7" single, then PLEASE do get in touch through the usual methods. Damn you BIZ!
Saturday, 24 November 2012
GET ON DOWN are back with more vinyl treats for the Hip Hop collectors out there - a FAT BOYS pizza picture disc which even comes delivered in a cardboard pizza box, and a BIZ MARKIE picture disc LP which comes with a playable postcard flexi disc. With Christmas coming and plenty of ageing hip hoppers out there, you need to grab your favourite before they are all gone! Don't be left still wanting like I was with the "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx" purple tape.
Thursday, 22 November 2012
THE KO'ROK TWO ft. OXYGEN - "Get It On"
COLD ROCK STUFF RECORDS 2012
A1. "Get It On" KO'ROK TWO VERSION
A2. "Get It On" MAC McRAW'S ORIGINAL RAW SP MIX
A3. "Get It On" DAILY DIGGERS REMIX
B1. "Get It On" KO'ROK TWO VERSION INSTRUMENTAL
B2. "Get It On" MAC McRAW'S ORIGINAL RAW SP MIX INSTRUMENTAL
B3. "Get It On" DAILY DIGGERS REMIX INSTRUMENTAL
Mastered by K-DEF. Illustration by PHILL MOST CHILL. Art direction & design by MR KRUM.
I really hope that all you regular visitors here on DAILY DIGGERS will like what you are hearing and seeing, and then feel the need to grab a copy of the 12" when orders go live (not pre-orders, the records are ready!). We will also be offering DJ doubles at a discount for those who like to cut it back and forth.
It's been an absolute pleasure seeing this project finally come to fruition and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following ..... BEAT DETECTIVE (it was hard work homey but the beat sounds fresh), MAC McRAW for inviting the DAILY DIGGERS to get busy on the remix, the ever humble MR KRUM for keeping it tight, PHILL MOST CHILL for the crazy dope artwork on the sleeve, K-DEF for keeping my drums sounding real crispy, and the one and only OXYGEN (in the future people will study your MC history in awe). Maximum respect to all those involved. Now it's time to check it out....
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
I was real disappointed when DIAMOND D's London leg of his European tour was cancelled. The gig was due to take place at the VILLAGE UNDERGROUND on 4th December but I received a refund on my ticket a few weeks ago with little explanation. I've seen DIAMOND D live on several occasions including in New York City during the 90s with the rest of DITC including FINESSE and BIG L. But what was gonna make this London gig special was the fact that this tour was to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his amazing "Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop" LP, and that BIG DIAM would be backed by a live band CHAMPION SOUND who would re-create the classic tracks.
Unfortunately I've yet to hear of a follow-up gig taking place in London to replace the VILLAGE UNDERGROUND show, and it's getting somewhat late in the day as the tour is imminent. If anyone out there knows any different please get in touch and let me know. For all you London heads, here is what we are gonna miss out on. This is footage of CHAMPION SOUND rehearsing some DIAMOND D classics. Enjoy.
Saturday, 17 November 2012
Thursday, 15 November 2012
At the moment I'm working on another break mix, which I should be able to share with you before the end of the year. This normally means I have my head down for the next couple of weeks selecting records, rocking the turntables and recording the results. But every so often I need to take a break from recording and get busy with something else. Hence I thought I would f#ck with this acapella version of GRANDMASTER FLASH & THE FURIOUS 5's classic "The Message" that's been staring at me from the front of the crate for the last few weeks. I've tried to keep this simple and not over-complicate things - if my own beats ain't kicking within a few minutes then I tend to lose interest, ditch the samples and start from scratch. There's no point trying to polish a turd! So here it is, my DAILY DIGGERS remix of the 1982 old school classic, put together over a couple of evenings. I've given it a 90's sounding Jazzy twist and arranged the vocals to please myself. It's like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder how I keep from going under!
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Making hip hop music is no different. You don't need the most expensive equipment or the latest studio trickery to ensure your output is dope. All you need is two body parts - your ear and your heart. And if these two organs are functioning correctly then the latter will lead the former down the right paths and you can create something special. Take what you got and run with it as hard as you can. If you have it within yourself to make crazy dope beats, then you will make best use of what equipment you already have and get the best out of it.
I recently stumbled upon music by BEATSMITH RESIST outta San Diego CA. It's low budget, street level, grimy shit with absolutely no polish on it whatsoever ...and I love it. These kinda beats give me that b-movie feeling - downlow, dirty, destitute, and damned proud of it! And ironically only a few hundred miles from Hollywood, the home of the big budgets! Check out the video for "Philthy Phalangez"... and peep the website for more gritty beats.
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
So when I first caught a glimpse of some of these customised "All City Train" models by ORIGINAL GEE I can honestly say I was in my element. A friend of mine AGENT FINCH has already commissioned a couple of these trains to add to his huge hip hop memorabilia collection, and it was only a matter of time (and pound notes) before I commissioned one for myself. ORIGINAL GEE doesn't do things by halves when he is painting a train - if you look closely you will see rust, car numbers, buffed tags and even hidden throw ups. The keyword here is authentic, in fact so authentic that he has replicated some of the most famous wholecars so precisely that you would need a magnifying glass to pick out the real from the replica. If you are short of presents to ask for this Christmas, then you need one of these trains cars on your wall. A customised example is more than affordable considering the amount of work involved and the amount of skill and thought GEE puts in. Break open your piggy bank and get yourself your very own running burner. Oh and BTW ... fuck the buff!
(If you wanna get in touch with GEE contact him through his website HERE)
Friday, 9 November 2012
I promised a vinyl related announcement earlier this week, so with no more delay here it is..... Available soon is the debut 12" single from UK hip hop duo COLD ROCK STUFF entitled "Get It On" and featuring Strong Island's hardest working emcee of the moment OXYGEN. The single includes 3 mixes (including our very own DAILY DIGGERS remix) and of course the all important instrumentals on the flip side.
COLD ROCK STUFF, OXYGEN and ourselves the DAILY DIGGERS are all members of VINYL VETERANS DJ team, and this vinyl project has been cooking up for quite a while now and is hopefully the first of several releases on the COLD ROCK STUFF label. But, there is more - not only has the audio been mastered by the genius of the boards K-DEF out in New York City, but we also have sleeve artwork hand created by Philly's super talented all-rounder PHILL MOST CHILL (aka SOULMAN) and design by our very own MR KRUM (peep his website HERE for more of his dope cover art).
Suffice to say I am super excited about this release - it's a good feeling to finally have a DAILY DIGGERS beat on wax, and especially to be working with people that I personally admire. The test presses are sounding real good and the vinyl is set to arrive towards the end of this month. Keep your eyes on this site for more details and of course for those all important sound clips. If you've been a regular here at DAILY DIGGERS HQ over the last 6 or so years then no doubt you will be eager to scoop up a copy before they sell out like hot cakes. I thank you for your support in advance. I just know you gonna dig this...!
Wednesday, 7 November 2012
"2012 isn’t over motherfuckers...Before this year comes to a close, M.F. GRIMM & I are going to splash you with a tidal wave of raw Hip Hop goodness...First up to bat is the "Pre-Emptive Strike" mixtape...It is loaded to the brim with GRIMM joints that will force you to hit the rewind button.....Next up is the “Good Morning Vietnam” vinyl project in early December on VENDETTA VINYL. If you are searching for Hip Hop without all the extra preservatives and artificial additives – STAY TUNED TROOPERS..."
M.F.GRIMM & DRASAR MONUMETAL: "Pre-Emptive Strike"
Artwork by BLAME ONE & POLAR.
1..TAKE EM TO WAR (ORIGINAL VERSION)..
2..1000 DEGREES BREAK..
7..GRIMM ON THE STRETCH & BOBBITO SHOW..
8..DO IT FOR THE KIDZ..
9..TIME & SPACE..
10..INTERVIEW ON FREDDIE LOCKHART SHOW..
11..IN THE END FLIP..
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Here's three of my favourite hip hop 45rpm releases of recent weeks. I'm a sucker for 45s so if you drop a banger on this format then you have my attention already. And at the moment I seem to be kept busy on the 45 front. Here's a trio of seven inch hip hop records which are available now or due to be available very soon. Every one is DAILY DIGGERS recommended so if you see these you need to cop them all....three times dope!
KISTA featuring CAPPO - "Livewire Feedback" on SOUNDWEIGHT RECORDS
J-ZONE featuring BREEZE BREWIN, OXYGEN and PRINCE PAUL- "The Foxhunt" on OLD MAID ENTERTAINMENT
DJ SUSPECT & DOC TMK featuring CARPETFACE & AUDIBLE1 - "Everybody" on LUHNA RECORDS
And ... on the subject of new vinyl releases I have an announcement to make here on DAILY DIGGERS this Thursday regarding a new vinyl project involving myself KID DYNO and THE BEAT DETECTIVE. Watch ... this .... space ....
Monday, 5 November 2012
If, like me, you need a daily dose of throw-ups, burners, panel pieces, top-to-bottoms and whole cars in your life then make sure you visit WHATYOUWRITE for the latest scoop. No toys allowed!