This post is all about me getting a bit nostalgic about growing up and being a certified music nerd. I really just wanted an outlet to post some regular tunes that were significant to me back then, some embarrassing some not so much, non genre specific and i guess a little outlook into some of the stuff i have grown up on and what has maybe shaped some of the stuff i play out and vibe on now. I will try and give a little history on each of the tunes that were no doubt staples on my sisters walkman in primary school or my dodgy not so anti shock discman in high school. I never messed with that futuristic minidisc biz.I will try my best to hit up some friends and foes, other dj’s, producers and champion nerds to get involved on the concept and if all goes well hopefully we can make it a regular thing on the blog with guests breaking down a few of their primary or high school anthems.
Wow this popped up the other day and i lost my shit. Year 9 massive, me and a matey Gus who peeps now may know as Skryptcha used to trade C.D’s in high school and he put me onto Pun, Organized Konfusion, Atmosphere and so many other staples that shaped my tastes for years to come. The Ramon Morris horn line flip gives me shivers every time. This Tune still holds weight today more than 10 years later. Certified Boricua anthem and given the chance you will definitely hear me play this out.
MP3: Roger & Zapp- So Ruff, So Tuff
How is it possible not to freak of this tune, i remember being super young and hearing or seeing this on some strange movie i have no recollection of except this song. I waited till the credits rolled and they have all the songs from the movie, i wrote down every song getting my VCR pause game on. This was Pre Internet days so you couldn’t google shit, it took me a few more years to figure out what it actually was and i freaked when i did. Has been a staple in my crates ever since i started playing out. West coast whip anthem that never fails to get even the stiffest folks nodding their heads.
MP3: Cj Bolland- Suger Is Sweeter (Armand’s Drum And Bass Edit)
Seriously i can’t even remember how old i was when i heard this, maybe 10 or 11 but i remember it being on the wildfm 3 cd and just always having it on repeat because i vibed on it so much. Shameless cheese that I’m sure will turn the nose up of any true UK Garage heads. No doubt this track was big back then, and to see Jackmaster and Oneman on the boileroom live stream drop this to a full tent at the Notting Hill Carnival last year was both mind blowing and nostalgic. Check the footage for yourself. Here
Sydney continues to deliver with touring hip hop royalty pretty much every other week. In a way i am kind of glad i have been away for a while, because i would have rinsed my rent money one to many times. At least that’s what i keep telling myself to feel better.
The Legends at Way 2 Fonky and Joint Adventure have joined together to bring you one of the rap games finest Jeru The Damaja. Critically acclaimed albums, heavyweight collaborations and one of the most unique flows in the game at only 35 bones this is a no brainerrrr. Jeru is also supported by a mega list of local big wigs Dialectrix and Jackie Onassis, with Frenzie and Mathmatics on dj duties. The night is also hosted by Stolen Records mastermind Shantan Wantan Ichiban go buy him a juice.
It is a take over, when Imani and Bootie Brown of the Pharcyde accompanied by Computer Jay and DJ Vick One drop in to Stolen Records. Playing everything from Danny Brown to James Brown and telling tales about everyone from Rosie Perez to Russell Simmons.
Listen: Pharcyde – On The DL
Listen: Frank Friction (a.k.a. Bootie Brown) – Satisfied
Rick Ross, famous for saying things like “UH” and “BAWS”, recently released a very solid new album, God Forgives, I Don’t. I recommend it, if you like tracks with a lot of saxophone and sweeping strings, it will be right up your alley. The standout for me is the Neptunes produced “Presidential”, so I decided to some edits for it. Drop that transition edit when your done playing dance anthems and are ready to get into some 80 bpm grooves.
Earlier in the year I had the chance to venture to the amazing country that is Colombia. Due to our shoestring budget we decided to roll through both Cali and Medellínkind of briefly in the pursuit of both sun and coastal vibes in the north. So after a few overnight buses, which by the way were totally safe and free from any Guerrilla hijackings, we eventually made it to our final destination and a place i am 100% coming back to, the Caribbean Coastline in particular Santa Marta and Cartagena de Indias. Amazing cities, warm and friendly locals, white sand beaches, palm tress, turquoise water and plenty of fresh fish and cheap beers made bunking down in shitty hostels and enjoying a balanced diet of tuna and rice for 4 weeks all worthwhile.
The podcast is rooted in the tropical ritmos originating from the Carribbean coastline of Colombia. Some classic Cumbia, Palenque, and Salsa, with bits of hip hop and digital cumbia from some newer groups making moves throughout Colombia and Latin America . This is by no means anything in depth, just some tunes of Colombian origin i stumbled across during my travels and thought fitting to share. Saludos, Mike Who
Brenmar’s FACT mix has been on heavy rotation all week, keeping my hype while i pretend to count my non existent pesos. So for anyone that lives under a rock and isn’t onto the FACT mixes, you need this in your life! Brenmar’s production is always on point and consistently keeps me interested in club music , get learned here. His mixtapes are also super tight.This is a no brainer really, Download play loud and watch people loose their shit.
Brenmar FACT mix 335
Download: Rude Boi and Pretti Sly- Ocho Cinco Swag
As I have mentioned before, I do music workshops for a project called Heaps Decent. We do a program called Homebase each Monday at Redfern Community Centre. Here are some photos from last week’s studio tomfoolery.