Saturday, 17 October 2015

VA - Hardcore One

The eighties has to be the decade that independent labels really flourished and just about anyone could get a record out, if only just the one. Here's a prime example of an independent release that is probably one of the best out there at the time. Groups like 'D 2 The K' and 'The Korperayshun' already had reasonably well received singles, relatively speaking but for the rest of them as far as I'm aware this was their only chance to shine. Some of them went on to release decent stuff under different guises - MC Dashy D had a dope single out on Kold Sweat as 'Drunken Master'  and DJ Quick continued in a production capacity -  but my personal fave is 'Into The Music' by MC Krazee A. I remember hearing it while I was out one night just hanging around in the streets as we often did and someone walking by with that track playing on his 'ghetto blaster' provoking me to seek out said track, which took a while, but I was obviously successful in the end. A really decent record this if you can find one and I would suggest it's worth a try.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Newtrament - London Bridge Is Falling down

Always reminds me of (fairly) local legend Masterscratch this one. I've mentioned it before but back in the early eighties new tunes were quite difficult to get a hold of, mixtapes by a  proper dj even more so. When we got a hold of one of Masterscratch's new tape it was like your birthday all over again. I don't know how they got an hour up the road to my neck of the woods but his distribution department were excellent. In fact I only recently threw them out as I don't have a tape player any more. Happy days.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Suggestion Of The Week - Hijack - The Horns Of Jericho (25th Anniversary Edition)

Buy this.
Soops comes with a fresh anniversary re-issue on triple coloured wax. Some still available here although there has been delay at the pressing stage for the black, white and grey package so I plumped for the yellow, red and blue but whatever you choose it'll be worth the wait for sure. Also comes with a free digital download so they've thought of everything. Firin'.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Prime Rhyme Masters - You Need Discipline

For me, one of the best UK hip hop records to come out on '91, maybe even ever. I used to buy everything Kold Sweat put out and there were some duds obviously but when you come home with something like this the weaker releases are forgotten for a minute and and you feel all nice inside. Kinda.