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dabryeNew 7″ out on Fat City Recordings featuring a brilliant new track by Dabrye. The release is a warm up for a compilation CD due out later in the year called Producer No.2 which will feature tracks by Hip Hop producers. After three great albums (One/Three, Intrmntl, Two/Three) and a handful of EP’s and singles the man (Tadd Mullinix) needs no introduction. The song (Walk) is typical Dabrye – electronic instrumental hip hip of the highest calibre. I can just imagine this playing in some smoky basement club punishing the sound system whilst head nodders listen in awe… Turn it up loud.

Dabrye – Walk

entropyThis 12″ came out in ’93, the first release on the West Coast Hip Hop label Solesides whose roster included other great acts such as Latyrx and Blackalicious. It’s a split release by Asia Born (who later changed his name to Lyrics Born) and DJ Shadow.  Shadow’s song Entropy (by DJ Shadow And The Groove Robbers) is a 17 and a half minute epic divided into 5 parts. All except part 3 (which features vocals by Gift Of Gab) are instrumental, completely contructed out of samples. 

This record was one of the first I ever bought. I started buying vinyl after hearing DJ Shadow’s amazing EP What Does Your Soul Look Like. At the time his only other releases, including this one, were on vinyl so I had to get them. Fifteen years and several crates later I’m still hooked on vinyl. This song takes me back to a time when I found my passion for  music, when labels like Mo Wax, Ninja Tune and Metal Headz were pushing the boundaries of electronic dance music. A great song which still sounds as fresh as it did when it was released!

DJ Shadow And The Groove Robbers – Entropy

delasoulFor this Christmas themed post I have chosen a dark tale from De La Soul, taken from their second album released in 1991. This album again utilised great production skills by Price Paul and also features the hits Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey) and A Roller Skating Jam Named “Saturdays”. As is evident from the chosen song their second album was darker in content than their first as they tried to shrug off being branded “Hip Hop Hippies”. This is also seen in the album cover which shows a broken pot of daisies.

De La Soul – Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa

krushThis 12″ by DJ Krush was released in 1995 when the UK Mo Wax label run by James lavelle was in full swing. A time when the UK electronic scene was at its peak, vinyl sales soared and genres like Jungle and Trip Hop were a household name. This single came after Krush’s first album for Mo Wax Strictly Turntablised and before his follow-up Meiso on which he worked with MC’s for the first time with great effect such as the stand out track Only The Strong Survive. The B-side features a devastating megamix of Krush’s songs by DJ Shadow. Krush and Shadow had previously shared a 12″ on Mo Wax with the brilliant Kemuri / Lost & Found release. The cover artwork is by the NY graffiti artist Futura 2000 who pioneered an abstract style of street art. During this period he designed many of the covers for the Mo Wax label.

DJ Krush – A Whim

DJ Shadow – 89.9 Megamix + Bonus Beats

Originally released in 2003 on Stones Throw Records, Champion Sound by Jaylib, a collaboration by two of Hip Hop’s best producers J Dilla and Madlib, is one of my favourite albums of recent years. During the making of the album the artists never actually met but sent beat tracks to each other to rap over. Heavy, heavy, heavy beats and rhymes! What more could you want?5/5.

Jaylib – Red