Scratch C & Shaka Black – Dread Ah Star

March 15th, 2015

I’m actually in the UK right now, checking Bangface Weekender this weekend. This trip, I decided to chuck a tiny portable record player in my bag, so I could play and even rip records during any down time.

Well, it’s Sunday night and despite being in London it seems there’s not much going on, so here’s one of the nice tracks I’ve grabbed so far on this trip. The sound might be a bit worse than usual but, based on my tiny headphones, it seems OK to me.

I’m not going to pretend that this Scratch C EP is the best release on Pharaoh – there’s actually a few which are far better. For one, the classic Lethal Kemistry “Yaga Yung” EP is just mental and a must-grab (I’ve never found a cheap copy myself, still looking for one). However, that one is also next to impossible to find, wheras this is a nice somewhat overlooked tune which can be had for next to nothing whenever. I found my copy for 3 pounds and was happy to grab it. The breaks may be a bit straight and loopy, but the bass is heavy and there’s nice vocal and music bits throughout (including that classic bell melody from The Invisible Man – “The End”). The two mixes are similar I think one has more vocals than the other. A nice EP for ragga jungle fans tired of playing the same anthems.

Scratch C & Shaka Black – Dread Ah Star

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Blog to the Oldskool Radio tomorrow, March 8th

March 7th, 2015

Blog to the Oldskool Radio is back tomorrow, 5pm EST/9pm UK/10pm CET on jungletrain.net.
I’ll be spinning solo this week, earlier stuff than the past few months. 92-93 is a bit of a tougher sell compared to later jungle, so hop in the chat / spread the word if you dig those tunes! Definitely some real beardy/interesting/rare stuff to play, but I’ll also try to grab some more fun well known tunes between now and then.

Stream: jungletrain.net
Chat: tinyurl.com/jungletrainchat
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Thumbzo – Jack It

March 7th, 2015

I really try not to post much “new” stuff but I think this warrants sharing. Thumbzo has been kind of an “unsung hero” for online hc/jungle for a long while now – doing great mixes of 92-96 style stuff (plus some house/techno sets) with really nice, solid, listenable selections. Nothing obscure-for-the-sake-of-obscure, nothing anthem bashy, just lots of great stuff. Unfortunately, in the current state of things where everyone and their mom is a dj / too many bosses not enough workers / etc, it seems there’s not much support for straight ahead, well selectored sets played by normal dedicated people. I try to remember to lock to his sets on jungletrain (every other saturday, 12:30-14:30 UK Time), though they’re at a rough time for people in the US. Sometimes it seems like his shows do quite well/there’s lots of people locked in, but I don’t see people talking about his sets on forums / sites like this enough, so… consider this a promo push :)

This recent tune by him is nice 95-96 type stuff, though a bit updated / not trying desperately to sound purely 94-95 I think. Warpy bass, crisp amens, a few twists and turns along the way. Good stuff which is fun to mix and free to download.

Also, here’s a bunch of older sets from him to go back and check:

DJ Cherokee – Headstrong

March 1st, 2015

Here’s a nice never-before-released tune from 92 which I saw posted a few places (b2vos, discogs)… definitely worth nabbing while it’s available. Originally the artist wanted to do a limited vinyl press, unfortunately I don’t think the demand was what he wanted. As mentioned in the last post, 92 stuff doesn’t seem to be as popular as it was just a few years ago, with a lot of people focusing on later jungle. Still, this is a wicked track, and I’d definitely buy a copy if it ever made it to vinyl. For now, the artist has graciously provided WAV downloads, so I suppose anyone really committed to vinyl can get a dub cut.

There’s also a more recent remix he did, still sounding nice and in-line with the original (not a corny breaks revamp or anything hehe):

From the Discogs Listing:

Headstrong was written and produced by the DJ Cherokee (from Bolton, UK) in 1992.
Equipment: Technics SL1210, Ensoniq EPS 16+ Keyboard/Sequencer.

This track was never properly mastered or recorded for release.

However, it was played live on the Staffordshire radio station “Signal Radio” weekly show The Meeting of Minds hosted by New Dawn promotions, as well as on the Manchester dance station “Sunset 102″ hosted by Sami B.
Stu Allan also appears to have been given a copy (probably on tape) that was played on the Manchester radio station “Key 103″ that he hosted.

In addition, live performances were given at “Coco Savannah’s” in Stockport and at “Rockworld” in Manchester on the regular New Dawn promotions nights hosted at those venues.

The recording still resides with DJ Cherokee, as a digital master.

A Remix of the original was created in 2015 and has been added as an additional track to this entry.

Includes samples from:

Kelly-G Perfect Rhythm – Soul Fusion (Piano stutter)

NJoi – Mindflux (Bassline sample)

Neon – Waves (Wave sample)

Further info by the artist on discogs forum:

Some people might know that years ago back in 1992 I made a track that was never released but was played a few times live and on a couple of radio shows that were hot on the underground/rave scene. Recently, I had someone trace this back to me from some old radio tapes, and ask about getting hold of a copy (thanks to Sean). As a follow-up to conversations I’d had with some other people from ‘back in the day’, the interest made me think about doing a remix as I have most of the original samples, and I remembered the approach I took to making the original track in terms of the patterns, layers and sequences.

I am in the process of working on a remix and thinking of releasing the track as a AA 12″ on heavy vinyl. Original on one side and the Remix on the other. The Remix is pretty close to the original, in the old-school style but has some slightly reworked breaks and sequences (simply to get the track to flow a little better). Right now I’m really happy with how the remix is coming along after just a couple of days working on it.

If anyone would like a copy, please add the original to you want list! Depending on numbers, I will try to provide at a very good value (TBA) and let you know when it is available – I’m thinking within a few weeks if all goes well.

http://www.discogs.com/DJ-Cherokee-The-Headstrong/release/6530411

Hope this touches your inner hardcore spirit :P
DJ Cherokee

Best… Thing…. Ever…..

February 27th, 2015

Greylox – Call the Cops

February 25th, 2015

When it comes to various oldskool styles 90-2000, it’s no secret that 1994-97 stuff has been getting a lot more shine these days. It used to be 92 was all the rage, then darkside seemed kind of trendy for a bit, now anything atmospheric / vibey is the one. That’s not to take away from any of these styles, I love them all and especially play a lot more 94-96 since it’s a lot easier to fling in a mix without outlandish key clashes etc. But lately I’ve been missing full on 92-for-the-sake-of 92 stuff. So here’s a few posts in that style. Nothing “Beautifully crafted”, just fun crazy rave-y tracks.

To start, this track is by Nick Power of the famous “Music Power” shop. Nick was an underrated producer who did a ton of good tunes, all of which were on smaller labels (including ones he ran himself). Of those tunes, this is probably one of the most sought after. I never bothered to buy it before since it was always pretty rare and pricey, and I always considered it more than a bit cheddar. But someone recently threw a copy of the later bootleg pressing in with an order I received (Thanks man!), so I gave it a few plays. Sure enough, it’s not a shabby tune. Solid samples, good sound even on the bootleg (ripped here). Really, it comes down to whether that “Cops” themesong bugs you or you think it’s kind of fun. It definitely seems like the sort of thing which might be corny or groan inducing at first, but if you hear it enough in a mix could get stuck in your head easily.

Nick Power has some interesting stuff to say about it on discogs:

This is a track i put together in an updated drum n bass style back in the day. Only 500 pressed to test the water, as i sent this to the producers of the USA TV show “COPS” in the hope that they would use it as a new ‘kooler’ theme tune, and that i would make 6 or 7 pounds. I never received a reply, and the track never got a general release.
I wish i had some left then maybe i could have made 8 pounds now at least.
Teknicks Dex was a tekno track that i put together in 2 mixes. So titled from Take Nick’s Decks. Touch ‘em and i’ll kill ya!!

Nuff said!! Check it out below.


Greylox – Call the Cops

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Tim Reaper – Blog to the Oldskool Radio Set, Feb 22nd 2015

February 23rd, 2015

Tim Reaper killed it on BTTO Radio yesterday!
Really nice show, lots of classy tunes, both well known and lesser known.

Tracklisting

Source Direct – Approach & Identify [Source Direct]
Intense – Breathless [Creative Source]
ST Files – ST Files Pt. 1 [Flex]
Dillinja – Heavenly Bass [Logic Productions]
Tomba – Scape [Pufa]
Top Buzz – Livin’ In A Dream [Basement]
Essence Of Aura – Can I Dream (Remix) [Outstanding Productions]
Hackney Hardcore – Rudie (Sub Kick Mix) [Strictly Hardcore]
Ed Rush & Nico – Force Is Electric (Remix) [No U-Turn]
DJ Rus De Tox & Teebone – Southside Roll (Part 2) [Riddim Track]
Peshay & Roger Johnson – In My Soul [2000 AD]
Bug Kann & The Plastic Jam – Made In Two Minutes (Origin Unknown Remix) [PWL]
?? – ??
DJ Nut Nut – Forbidden Planet [Virtual Motion]
Appaloosa – Planet Claire [Recoil]
A-Zone – Safety Zone (White House)
Lee Cashin & Pooch – Vibe Out [Kemet]
Shimon – Within Reason [RAM]
Charlie Recall – Submerged [Section 5]
?? – ??
On Remand – Assault ’94 [Underworld Vinyl]
?? – ??
DJ Harry & Point Blank – Cape Fear (DJ Harry Mix) [Tone Def]
Orca – Sky Hook [Lucky Spin]
Sub-State – Move [Rogue Trooper]
System X – 2 In 1 Mix [3rd Eye]
DJ Crystl – Crystlize [Dee Jay]
??
Manix – When You Hold Me Close (92 Mix) [Reinforced]
Jeep Head – Close Encounters (Black Steel Mix) [Section 12]
Bizzy B – Rollin’ (Flex’s Twissup Mix) [Brain]
DJ Rap – Your Mind (Gimp & Steve C Mix) [Proper Talent]
Formula 7 & Ruffkut – Jodi’s Theme (94 Mix) [Quayside]
Stakka & K.Tee – Brockin’ Out [Liftin’ Spirit]
Smith Inc – Sty-le [Absolute II]
Vibes & Wishdokta – Midsummer Mist [Asylum]
Megashira – Mental Strength (Powaflex Remix) [INFRACom!]
The Source – One By One [Ruff ‘N’ Tuff]
Flynn & Flora – Revolution [Independent Dealers]
Conquering Lion – Inah Sound [X Project]
CO2 – Time Bomb [Deep Seven]
Skan – Not Sorry [24 Karat]
Rinca – Children Of The Ghetto [Ruff Guidance]
Nookie – Just Bring The Darkness [Phuzion Digital]
Studio Pressure – Relics (Natural Mystic Mix) [Certificate 18]
The Hempaholics & Gunsmoke – Court Case
Pascal – Hyperthermic [Frontline]
Eze-G – Hurt Me [Unatural Light]
Fast Floor – Sweat Shop [Smooth Recordings]
Equinox – ??

BTTO Radio Tomorrow (Sun Feb 22nd) w/ Tim Reaper on Jungletrain

February 21st, 2015

Blog to the Oldskool Radio is back tomorrow evening. This time, Tim Reaper is celebrating a fixed laptop by holding down the show in its entirety. Espect obscure gems, brand new unreleased tunes, exclusive tracks, etc etc. Really I have no idea what he’ll play but I’m guessing it’ll involve lots of tracks by those guys who had the big kickstarter campaign going for them this week.


Be sure to lock in then 5pm EST/ 10pm UK / 11pm CET on Jungletrain.net.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/855623607836939/
Also, what would a Tim Reaper radio show be without the chatroom?? If you’re not in the chat at tinyurl.com/jungletrainchat, you’re missing out!

The Winstons Amen Brother Donation Gesture

February 18th, 2015

Recently, someone posted a several year old interview with the singer of the Winstons regarding the “amen break”, from a BBC radio show.

(thanks to Monita / Skeleton recordings for reposting!)

In it, the singer gets asked how he feels about people using the break, and he mentions that despite the huge interest and response, by and large it’s NOT been a good thing for them: first at task is the feeling of having people using things without asking, which i one issue and much more open ended / I can see lots of different opinions on. However, much more importantly, he also mentions that the players on this record never got their due, either from the royalties of Amen Brother tune OR from the thousands and thousands of tracks which sampled it. In fact, the drummer who played that classic beat died broke and homeless in 2006!!

This is really sad and frustrating to hear – regardless of how you feel about sampling/ fair use / re-appropriation, I think EVERYONE can agree this sample is a special case which has truly helped define entire scene(s). There’s entire parties where 50% of tracks in the night involve finely diced versions of this sample. People have done documentaries about it, and spent years and years trying to reproduce it, study it, etc. Regardless of how much the artists are explicitly “owed” from all of that, I feel like it’s at least safe to say a shockingly large enough amount of disposable income has been thrown around on things connected to the sample, that it’s pretty awful that the artists didnt’ end up at least living comfortably and appropriately thanked for their contribution.

Unfortunately, since the drummer is now long since passed, there’s not much that can be done to really make things fully right. However, the singer (who didn’t play on the track but owns the rights) is still around, so Martyn Webster / DJ Destiny set up a gofundme to raise a nomninal amount to give to him. Maybe in the future there will also be something similar for the drummer’s kids, but for now I think this is a GREAT gesture to try to do SOMETHING for a person so directly involved in the creation of a killer sample, instead of everyone just shrugging their shoulders and continuing on as if that sample simply appeared out of nowhere.

Anyway, soap-box mode off. If you love jungle/tracks with the amen/sampling the amen for your own tracks/the winstons, maybe you want to kick some money towards this? Whether you’re an artist or a fan. No ones obligated but seems like a good thing to do.

new 8205 website & ltd US copies of “Dread Killer EP”

February 14th, 2015

Just a quick heads up that I threw together a new website for 8205 Recordings:

http://8205.blogtotheoldskool.com

The site is pretty boring/basic, but it has all the important info for the label. I’ll be adding a “news” section soon, as well as whatever other relevant info I can think of.

The other news is that, if you check the webpage for 8205-002, there’s now a limited number< of copies of 8205-002 in the US for people looking to buy it here. These copies were shipped to me from the UK at a considerable expense, but the overall shipping cost per copy should be a lot less than if everyone bought it from the UK.

Initially I planned not to do this again this release, but Royalmail prices have been so crazy lately ($15-20 shipping for one record not out of the question), I wanted to give a cheaper option for anyone looking to buy it in the States. So if anyone over here has been waiting to buy this new release but hesitant because of the high postage price, you can now grab one (or two) here.

Please Note: We’re in the middle of a pretty brutal series of snowstorms here in New England, so I can’t promise next-day turnaround. As with last time, I’ll be doing runs every week or two, and will try to let everyone know when their record is in the mail. Also, these copies are for people with shipping addresses in the US only – Canada and elsewhere, it’s still cheaper to send them from the UK. Everyone outside the US can continue to get theirs from Seventh Storey Projects.