3 or 4 for the road ~ early 90’s instrumental hip hop / jazz mash ups … from the New Breed imprint we are enjoying the much overlooked Fat Jazzy Grooves series and Jumbo Pack mixes. Goodness!
Now that’s a great door sign.
Ahhhh.. the Daisy Age, the Golden Age, The Native Toungues…. who better to mash up the samples and the record that was a key to the whole vibe back then - Solid Steel & United States of Audio: ”Solid Steel (24th May) Following on from last year’s treatment of ‘Paul’s Boutique’, United States of Audio does the same with De la Soul’s groundbreaking album 3 Feet High and Rising. It’s not just a mix, but more like an audio documentary about an album that is also about to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary. In his own words;
'Several years in the making and including around 100 tracks, this is my personal tribute to De La Soul's '3 Feet High and Rising'. Using original sample sources, album tracks, interviews and rarities, 'How High's The Water Mama' tells the story of one of hip hop's most influential albums.
When De La Soul’s debut album dropped in 1989 I was ten years old. Yet, by some stroke of amazing good fortune a cassette copy of ‘3 Feet High and Rising’ found its way into my hands thanks to my best mate’s older brother (though I’m pretty sure said brother had no idea of this fact!). The music was a revelation and had a significant influence in shaping my musical tastes - in fact I can’t think of any other album that has had such a profound effect on me as this one. Thus ‘3 Feet High and Rising’ holds a special place in my musical affections. Now, some twenty-five years after its original release, it’s time to pay my respect to Pos, Dove, Mase, and Prince Paul…’”
Remix time ~ nice work here on an already entertaining outing: ”The brothers’ sophisticated style and penchant for 60s latin influenced jazz by the likes of Horace Silver and Francy Bolland has been brought right up-to-date by some of the most heavyweight producers around, and a few new names to watch. Up and coming beat-maker from Caracas, Venezula, Jimmy Flamante kicks things off in a low slung style akin to producer of the moment Tall Black Guy, who also features with his typically laid back re-working of one of the original album’s highlights. Elsewhere, latin specialist Sunlightsquare drops a 4/4 version of “Some Other Wonder” that’s aimed strictly at the dance floor, as does the mysterious Bman, and newcomers Skinshape impress with a dubbed out take of the very cheeky “Momo”. Look out for Herma Puma’s re-imagination of “The Chief”, taking it directly back to its B-Movie roots, as well as the popular interpretation by our very own Part-Time Heroes. And don’t forget label mate/boss Scrimshire who also weighs in with a sultry remix of “She Who Dares” and beat heads Frameworks, whose version of “El Nino” will keep lovers of both hip hop and jazz happy in equal measure.”
Revisiting a really outstanding mix from the Golden Age of Hip Hop: Ant – Melodies and Memories 85-89 .
Into the bizarre world of Madlib today on the sound system.
Altered Beats - Assassin Knowledges Of The Remanipulated …. critical beats from Laswell’s dive into the realm of hip-hop. Essential listening much of it crafted from DXT and Laz, both of whom make Herbie’s Rockit the monster that it is…. turntablism, beats, bass and a handful of kung-fu and conspiracy theory samples… big fun.
Unpredictable, ambitious, mad perfection in the mix this week from Solid Steel ~ hint : old school/Beastie themed collision! The weekly radio shows / podcasts are really worth a listen if you aren’t initiated yet…. outstanding (really) … read here.
"This is a project that I was asked to do I guess sometime in the early 2000’s . It was a remix for a Bob James project . the idea was to take an existing piece of work and flip it . So this was my flip . I had Pete Miser come in and do some vocal snippets . I never knew what happened to the project but I did put a lot of work into this mix so I figured I would share it . Enjoy , Prince Paul unreleased series ."
a Friday morning dose of Doom!