Sunday, 9 May 2021

Who Say Reload mixed by DJ Aphrodite


 2 months ago my book Who Say Reload was published. It was really well received and I've had lots of nice comments and positive feedback. It actually sold out faster than expected (within about 2 weeks) but it's finally back in stock after some brexit related nonsense at UK customs that delayed things for a bit. For promo push #2 none other than Aphrodite has put together a 3 part mix using all the tunes featured in the book. Part 1 is below and part 2 and 3 will be following over the next week or so...  

Lennie De Ice - We Are I.E
Ragga Twins - Spliff Head
A Guy Called Gerald - 28 Gun Bad Boy
LTJ Bukem - Demon's Theme
Metal Heads - Terminator
Nookie - Shining In Da Darkness
Omni Trio - Renegade Snares (Foul Play remix)
Ray Keith - Terrorist
DJ Crystl - Let It Roll
Foul Play - Open Your Mind (original & remix)
Peshay - Vocal Tune
Peshay - Piano Tune
T Power vs MK Ultra - Mutant Jazz

Having Aphrodite do the mix for me was quite a big deal as when I first started learning to mix and buying drum n bass on vinyl I was hunting down pretty much everything with his name on it, so it was great having him included in Who Say Reload. Having been responsible for the hardcore classic Some Justice in the early 90s, and the massive Calling All The People (as A-Zone) in 1994, he really nailed the hip hop based jump-up D&B style that was big around 96-98 and alongside everything he was putting out on his own Aphrodite Recordings and Urban Takeover label he was killing it with the remixes. The Jungle Brothers, Blackstreet and Luniz ones remain personal favourites to this day.

Once all the work for the book has settled down a bit I do intend to resume normal service on OB4ZL, although that might be dependent on there being more hours in the day than the current 24. I'll be updating the Who Say Reload blog occasionally in the meantime. If you're in the London area at the end of May we have a free launch party at Signature Brewery in E8. Limited spaces as the venue has restricted capacity due to covid etc etc but pass through and say hello if you can.

Thursday, 15 April 2021

Radio 1 Rap Show 15.04.00 with Souls Of Mischief

Here's a full 3 hours of Westwood on this date 21 (!) years ago. A strange combo of guests as before Souls of Mischief pass through Prince Naseem is in the house. Shame the latter gets a bit more airtime than the Souls but we still get a freestyle from them at the end. Tracklist below

Saturday, 10 April 2021

DMX live in concert (1998)

RIP Earl. This is taken from a Westwood show in October '99 but the tracks are all circa Its Dark and Hell Is Hot. I think this is in New York and it sounds like Big Kap introducing him at the start. The crowd are hyped for this and X run's through a 25 minute set with all his early bangers and brings out The LOX for Money Power Respect and Redman and Method Man for 4,3,2,1. I never saw him live but he sounds like a great performer. If you somehow still haven't seen the video of him at Woodstock '99 go find that.

If you're in the mood for more DMX today, go back and check this tape I posted back in 2016 with a bunch of freestyles from 1996.  

There's also this tape of him guesting on Westwood's show in June 2000

It looks like Black Rob is in a bad way too, let's hope he pulls through. This remix of Mic Geronimo's track featuring Rob and X is dope and somewhat slept on.

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Cipha Sounds on Hot 97 Throwback at Noon (2007)

Cipha Sounds with the classic selection on Hot 97's Throwback at Noon slot back in 2007...

Organized Konfusion – Stress 
GP Wu – Black On Black Crime 
Wu Tang Clan – Tearz 
Cocoa Brovaz ft Raekwon – Black Trump 
Styles P ft Pharoahe Monch – The Life 
Non Phixion – No Tomorrow 
Tragedy ft CNN & Mobb Deep – LA, LA 
DITC – The Enemy 
Gang Starr – All 4 The Cash 
Blackstar – Re:Definition 
Camp Lo – Luchini 
Jay Z – In My Lifetime 
Smooth Da Hustler – Broken Language 
Doo Wop – Da Bouncemaster 
Saukrates – Father Time 
Royal Flush – Worldwide 
Bash Ton – More Cheese 
Mos Def ft Ghostface – Ms Fat Booty part 2 
The Roots – The Lesson pt 1 
Wu Tang Clan – Wu Gambinos 
Natural Elements – Live It Up part 2 
Indelible MCs – The Fire In Which You Burn

Thursday, 1 April 2021

DJ DS Goes Back to School (5th year: 1990)

People on my Twitter TL stay busy dropping mixes. DJ DS with the 1990 selection...

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

I Am...NasLib

Man like Jimmy Green comes through with a (depending on your outlook, much needed) reworking of Nas' I Am album using beats by Madlib. Sounds dope. I feel like people used to do things like this quite a lot years ago but then ran out of acapellas to use as they don't seem to be released or leaked like they used to. DJs need some new vocals to work with!

Monday, 29 March 2021

Rob Pursey - Boomin In Ya Jeep parts 1 & 2

Southern Hospitality's Rob Pursey drops 2 dope mixes back to back. These are about as OB4ZL friendly as it gets...
Make sure you check out the rest of the mixes on Southern Hospitality's Mixcloud. Some quality stuff on there.