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Growing Pains with LinoType

Growing pains continues to bubble along,  and this week i am hyped to introduce to the big homie LinoType. Lino is our West Coast Correspondent here at Stolen Records, you all may know Lino from his posts on the blog, that generally make a lot more sense than my own or Shantan’s babble. Lino also happens to be a genuine dude, known for his Pai mai knowledge of tunes, don like skills on the turntables and his uber baritone voice. Lino was a part time Sydney resident/ illegal immigrant and during this time he regulated a bunch of parties, came and hung out at Stolen Records and was my only ever guest at the Who Over.

Intro By LinoType…

Michael Who is a real bro, and for real bros, I won’t mind taking a little trip down memory lane. I’ve gone through many musical phases in life, from soft rock singer to west coast gangster to staunch underground elitist to southern rap fanatic. If anyone was wondering, my current playlist revolves around 2 Chainz and old Prince.

Download: Tag Team – Whoomp There It Is

This was the first cassingle I ever bought. Around that time, my sister started college in New York, and I remember our family helping her move out there. ‘Whoomp’ would get played all day on NYC radio, and I remember it being one of the first rap songs where I caught all of the lyrics. That infectious hook was undeniable, and I just had to own it, since it barely got played in LA at the time.

Download:2Pac – I Got My Mind Made Up

Middle school was all about fronting like you were either in a gang, or that you knew some gang members, or that you knew about gangs. 2Pac would get the most play, along with a lot of ‘Westsiiide’ posturing. It’s funny because the best song on the album was the joint with 2 rappers from NYC. Daz hooked up the beat that can best be described as nocturnal, Method Man compared himself to Magellan and Johnny Cash in one verse, and everyone else came extra correct. (For the record, I’m more of a Biggie guy)

MP3: Bob James – Nautilus

I had already been buying vinyl for a while by the time I got this, but this was the first record I picked up that made me want to have a legit record collection. Listening to this for the first time was like being exposed to the matrix. Shout outs to The Record Spot in Thousand Oaks. If the owner’s daughter is working, you’ll probably have an awkward time. All she does is talk to her boyfriend on the phone and complain about working. However if the owner is there, he’ll hook you up. He noticed me looking through the jazz section, and basically handed me the Bob James joint and recommended I check it out.

Taku – RE ϟ TWERK

Ta-Ku recently released a crunchy album that is definitely showing growth for the Perth based music producer.  Have a listen at Hey Justin below, the track is all over the place yet still quite cohesive, going from sweeping synths to drumline loops without missing a beat.  After checking that out, make sure to buy the whole thing over at  At fifty cents a track, it’s a lot of bang for your buck.

Ta-Ku – Hey Justin

20 Years of World Famous Beat Junkies

The Beat Junkies – For the Record from LRG on Vimeo.

This past weekend, the World Famous Beat Junkies celebrated their 20 year anniversary as a DJ crew. Performing to a sold out show at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, Beat Junkie enthusiasts new and old, from near and far, all came together to watch in awe as the crew provided a rare group performance. Check out the video above to see their history, or fast forward to the 7 minute mark to get a taste of their supreme talent as DJ’s.  It’s worth knowing that the Junkies are  essentially the most talented collective of DJ’s around.  Most of them tour the world regularly, they’ve won DJ battles as well as rocked parties, and they still maintain a humble and welcoming disposition.

They’re not just great DJ’s either, J Rocc just put out a solid instrumental album last year and Rhett consistently gives out free gems. Listen to some choice cuts below.

J Rocc – Stay Fresh

Download: Rhettmatic – Punta Fuego

One element missing in the video above is Mr. Choc‘s towel. Real (sweaty) heads know what time it is.

San Diego Swervin

Hello everybody, this is Lino, reporting live from sunny San Diego. Shantan has recruited me to post some music on here to increase the global presence of his Stolen Records empire. I’ll start by showcasing some tunes from the underrated beat scene around SD.

Freddie Joachim

Download: Q-Tip – For the Nasty (Freddie Joachim Remix)

Freddie has been releasing records since 2006 and djing since 96. He definitely shows a throwback jazz influence, and on the whole his songs are just pleasing to listen to. It’s like sitting in the park on a warm day with a wine festival in the background. Definitely cop his releases on iTunes, but also peep his remix work that he regularly releases for free.


Question – Kush

Question is definitely in the same realm of Joachim, displaying strong instrumental arrangements that stand up on their own without any vocals. He is also an OG in the DJ game, spinning records since the early 90’s, and regularly releases fine tunes on his bandcamp. His sound is like two stepping at a jazz club on five dollar gin and juice night.

Mike Gao X Ta-ku

Download: Mike Gao – Ausgangsta (Ta-ku Remix)

Last but not least, Mike is the mad genius behind using beat boxing as a midi controller and tetris shapes as a jazz chord generator. His compositions show a technical flair, in that I am often mystified as to how he gets his chops to sound how they sound and his drums to swing how they swing. Since I am in California posting on this Oz based blog, I figured it was only right to post Gao’s song remixed by beat maestro from Perth, Taku.