Thursday 26 November 2020
This is one of my favourite Rectangle mixes. Having initially lived with it for years on tape (possibly off Westwood), and then downloads of varying quality, I finally copped a CD copy recently at a reasonable price. Lots of 1994 classics on this, but as with all mixes like this (as opposed to golden era mixes made in the 00s onwards) there's a few lesser known joints like Record Jock by Dana Dane, The Legion's Legion Groove and Flow Wood by Volume 10. Highlights for me are the blend of One Love over Deep Cover (sounds kind of basic now but it was the shit back then), the way Black Superman comes in (simple but effective) and the intros and little scratch/acapella blends between tracks that was Rectangle's signature, along with his intros. Full tracklist is here.
Saturday 21 November 2020
Thursday 12 November 2020
I've got a big soft spot for 2002 Hip Hop. There was still some good indie releases around, the UK scene was firing and the major label US stuff was fucking great. Here's Skully in the mix on late night Kiss FM, straight from the archives of the man himself...
Monday 9 November 2020
Daaaaamn son, Guru busting Take A Rest over the Eat Em Up L Chill beat on Westwood back in 1990? Finding things like this is what keeps me going through these tapes and trying to hunt more down.
Thursday 5 November 2020
Ultramagnetic MCs - Poppa Large (Pete Rock blend)
LL Cool J - Jingling Baby (remix)
UMCs - Blue Cheese
Kings Of Swing - Nod Ya Head To This
De La Soul - Keepin The Faith
Lakim Shabazz - Pure Righteousness
Brand Nubian - Brand Nubian
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - Poison
3rd Bass - Portrait Of The Artist As A Hood (remix)
Run DMC - Beats To The Rhyme
Ice Cube - Jackin For Beats
Cypress Hill - The Phuncky Feel One
Jungle Brothers - Because I Got It Like That
YZ - Thinking Of A Masterplan
Zhigge - Raking In The Dough (Uptown Bounce beats)
Gang Starr - Who's Gonna Take The Weight
EPMD - Crossover
Nice & Smooth - Hip Hop Junkies (Bedford Park mix)
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien - Mistadobalina
Naughty By Nature - Everything's Gonna Be Alright (City Lick mix)
Redman - Blow Ya Mind (remix)
Wednesday 4 November 2020
Unfortunately it’s the end of October half-term and that only means one thing…….. DJ DS Goes Back to School!
As I mentioned in my 1986 mix, I was at high school from 1986 – 1991, therefore my 2nd year covered in this mix is 1987. What a year too…. Getting this down to 35 tracks (plus an intro & outro) was so tough. Hopefully your favourites from this year feature in the track list.
If you’ve heard any of my mixes you know what to expect, plenty of doubles, blends and all that good stuff. I’ve also popped some sound bites from movies released during the same year including Good Morning Vietnam, Predator, The Principal, and many more!!
On a way more important note:
Obviously I have to co-sign the fundraising for Del, it's been a remarkable effort so far and great to see so many people pitching in, especially given how tough its been for a lot of us over the last few months. Del is a good dude and his record collection is crazy so it would be a shame if he had to start selling it off in such awful circumstances.
If any of you are on Twitter and follow Hip Hop then you may know about my man Del Soulcondor and the ongoing fundraising campaign to support him through is battle with Cancer. Huge props to Tim for setting up the page. Please visit the Go Fund Me page for more information about Del and his horrible illness. In addition to the Go Fund Me, the amazing Greg Blackman has dropped 'Save The Wax', featuring Genesis Elijah & Bohze. The track is produced by DJ Moneyshot and all proceeds kindly being donated to Del’s Go Fund Me too.
Please, if you haven’t already, help out the effort to give Del a boost through this difficult time and help #SavetheWax!
Sunday 1 November 2020
Don't call it a comeback! Hardware/software issues seem to be sorted just in time for Lockdown II so I thought I'd kick it off with a treat. MC Serch on Richie Rich's Rap Academy going in for nearly 10 minutes over some UBBs and he sounds particularly dope over Got To Be Real and Dance To The Drummer's Beat. This is from around the time Derelicts Of Dialect dropped so guess 3rd Bass were in the UK doing some promo. Shout to Eddie, who's tapes I'll be getting back into over the next few weeks. Hopefully there's more gems like this.
Thanks to Brett from This Is For The Hustlers for the hints and tips on the new blogger layout.