Archive for the ‘Hip Hop’ Category

PARIS – The Devil Made Me Do It [1990]
December 2, 2016

How about we get the pulse beating around here again? Sorry its been so long – life.

But what a track to come back with, one of the hardest releases of 1990, Paris’ seminal album “The Devil Made Me Do It” was an absolute kick in the face. No Gangster lyrics in this track, this is 100% militant social commentary set too a huge bassline and a rocking break. The whole album is great but this is easily the standout track for me. It was also sampled heavily, with clips turning up some 2 years later on hardcore, jungle and drum n bass releases heavily featuring the “When I Get wild, I pile on dope jams” sample.

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Onyx – Slam [1993]
December 4, 2014

Yet another group that passed me by in ’93 while I had my head in hardcore and Jungle. This is probably their most well known release and for good reason as its a faultless slab of banging East Coast hip hop. Perfect for your Throwback Thursday.

The Beastie Boys – Jimmy James [1992]
August 22, 2014

It took me a while to really get into the Beasties. By the time they had put out Pauls Boutique, I was neck deep in hardcore breaks, rave and techno and sorta just missed all their releases around the golden period of 1989-1996. I was actually fortunate enough to go to one of their last Wembley concerts (with backstage pass) and had an absolute blast. I would say it was that concert that had me revisit their back catalogue. That and my better half reminding me how incredible Pauls Boutique is.

This being the first release AFTER Paul’s Boutique had showcased the Beastie Boys talent for breaking out of the mould they had been shoehorned into, it had some huge shoes to fill. To be honest, I think I may actually say that this track stands alone, better than any one track from Pauls Boutique. Its mature, its got some great rhymes and the beat is top notch. Whereas the entire album of Paul’s Boutique stands together as a twelve course meal of sample mayhem, Jimmy James is like the best damn burger you have ever eaten. Taken on its own, its a bloody masterpiece.

Deltron 3030 – Positive Contact (Charlie Clouser Remix) [2001]
May 12, 2014

For the most part, all the Deltron 3030 tracks are basically perfect. An example of mashing two behemoths of beats together without any financial or social constraints. Del The Funky Homosapien has been one of my favourite MC’s for years, Dan The Automator has always blown me away with the complexity of the beats he lays down. If you’ve never listened to any of their stuff, both separately or as Deltron, I’d rectify that asap.

On the other hand though, despite my earlier gushing, this would be one of those rare occasions where the remix clearly betters the original Deltron offering. Clouser shifts gears into a nice breaks flavour and throws some devilishly evil synth strings behind Del’s lyrics, turning the track into a dancefloor destroyer. Rough, brutal and fucking brilliant.

Nas & James Brown – Get Down (The Boss) [2011]
March 5, 2014

Keeping on the Nas flavour but mashing it together with one of the seminal James Brown cuts was a masterstroke of genius. The Boss from James Brown being not just one of the best from the Godfather but also one of the best Funk Soul tracks of all time. Nas’ lyrics fit into this badboy like butter, completely flawless. Full respect to the YouTube guy, ESyms, this is amazing.

Hardnoise – Mice in the Presence of the Lion [1991]
January 22, 2014

YEAH. An absolute banger from UK Hip Hop outfit, Hardnoise. Demonstrating everything that was absolutely magical about early 90’s UK Hip Hop in just one song. Kick your Wednesday in the face with this, it deserves it.

From Discogs
DJ Son, DJ Nyce ‘D’. and T.L.P.1 got together to form Hardnoise. Primarily a sound system, but mainly friends from school/college. At college they teamed up with DJ AJ & Gemini & put together their first track, pure destructive Power, an unreleased gem, their 1st release was ‘Untitled’ a massive underground British rap tune using the famous ‘Apache’ sample from Michael Viner’s Incredible Bongo Band like never before. Produced by DJ Son, T.L.P.1 & Mastermix, with cuts by DJ Son & the newest member to the crew: Adam Pancho AKA DJ Mada (2), this was a self financed venture which Music Of life Signed them for. The crew’s second release was the single ‘Mice In The Presence Of The Lion / Serve Tea Then Murder’. Another firing release, with the M.C’s voicing solo tracks, each track showing their own unique styles. But sadly this was their last. So as elusively as they stepped on the scene, they disappeared from the scene, but not entirely, as they all carried on with their own projects, “AJ” Is currently producing beats & regularly puts out mix tapes (‘A.J’s Planet of the Beats’), Gemini did the Bushkilla tracks & is currently in the studio working on new material. He now goes under the title “BLOODHOUND”. “DJ Son” is DJing at clubs in the London area playing a mixture of soul, funk, breaks & rap. Some of the remains teamed up to form Son Of Noise. Unfortunately no news from T.L.P.1 anymore, but there are rumours he still writes lyrics. Adam Pancho too is still representing, he runs a nice website on British Rap.

Steinski & The Mass Media – The Motorcade Sped On [1986]
November 22, 2013

As an outsider, its hard to appreciate the huge cultural significance of the JFK assasination. It’s only now beginning to dawn on me what a huge effect that it had on the people of the USA. Seeing the huge ammounts of coverage, eye witness testimony’s and interviews with pensioners who lined the motorcade, its clear that the wound is still raw for many.

In their own inimitable way, Steinski & friends drummed up this sampling classic in some way to offer their own acknowlegement i’d expect. Its a classic example of the sampling skills these guys had, keeping the rest of the track to a simple breakbeat. This song is all about the subject material. I wonder if Cronkite ever gave this a listen..

From Discogs
Absolutely killer version of this classic cut-up tune and awesome quality on my M- copy. Check the live version available on the Death Of Vinyl (DOVentertainment) compilation that is extended with additional samples that clocks in about 30 seconds longer. This is a stunning achievement in the cut and paste era so grab it while and where you can.

Depth Charge – Buddha Finger [1994]
May 5, 2013

No messing around here, ive been caning the shit out of this recently. J Saul Kane is the man responsible for Depth Charge and also for churning out some absolutely huge breakbeat monsters in his time, this being one of my favourites.

You cant ignore the raw punch in the face break that dominates this track, its grimy, its filthy and it is perfectly complemented by a huge array of classic Kung Fu samples. Its this production, along with 9 Deadly Venoms that really cemented Depth Charge as one of my favourite breakbeat producers, right up there with Genaside II for ferociously angry beats.

From Wikipedia
9 Deadly Venoms is the debut album by Depth Charge, and alias of UK producer Jonathan Saul Kane. The album compiles several 12″ singles released by Kane under the Depth Charge name in the preceding five years. Kane is often cited as a forerunner of Trip-hop and an influence on labels such as Mo’Wax and Ninja Tune.[1] The tracks on the album comprise instrumental hip-hop beats with dialogue and musical samples from films, particularly martial arts movies, westerns and horror films.

Main Source – Fakin’ The Funk [1992]
April 21, 2013

You know, the Main Source might be one of the great overlooked Hip Hop acts of all time. They just arrived big when the conscious lyrical style of hip hop was being commercially trounced by the heavier, more aggressive sounds of “Gangsta” (god I hate that term) rap.

Regardless, this is one of the highlights of their first and only album (which is packed of classics by the way). You cant fault the lyrical skills of the Large Professor on this one, the sample work is absolutly top notch and there is such a huge slice of classic funk going on in the background, I guarantee you’ll have a sore neck by the end.

From Wikipedia
Main Source was a Canadian/American hip hop group that was based from New York City/Toronto composed of Toronto’s Sir Scratch and K-Cut, and Queens’ Large Professor. Later, Mikey D (also from Queens) replaced Large Professor.[1] The group was often compared to Steely Dan for its meticulousness in the studio.

Howie B – Hey Jack (UNKLE Metamorphosis Mix) [2003]
April 10, 2012

Now this is a cracking remix from UNKLE and while I cant comment on the original, this remix has the lot. Taken from the mix album “Big Brother Is Watching”, another concept mix cd that allegedly has its roots in a mix that James Lavelle did for an essential mix. The track has an awesome menacing build-up, dark scary basslines and razor sharp breaks giving the whole track another trademark grimy UNKLE tune. Absolutely fantastic.