Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Steinski - Red Bull Academy


Here's a video from 2003 featuring Steinski in conversation with some odd choice of guy ("Jeff “Chairman” Mao") who seems to always do these Red Bull interviews.

Steve 'Steinski' Stein is a personal hero of mine and so I will always make time to check out anything featuring the guy.
This talk is pretty in-depth and Stein always keeps the mood light and entertaining whilst giving up lots of interesting nuggets of knowledge about his catalogue of work.

Big shout to Irish Craig & Dayle for finding this.

Taken from the Red Bull Music Academy website which is here.

Monday, 13 March 2017

New York Graffiti Experience ©1976



 

Filmed in 1976 - a full 5 years before Stations of the Elevated - this brief documentary takes an unbiased look at the then burgeoning graffiti scene in New York City.
Some nice shots of the city and people as well as the pieces themselves are shown here with words from CLIFF of the Three Yard Boys (3YB)

I really love the song that plays throughout - 'Call Me French Fry 97' - which is a slice of pure 70s singer-songwriter, faux-funk which is told from a writer's point of view. Bizarrely brilliant.



N.b. If this is your bag then you need to check the films on this previous ABU post (all links still working there as of today).

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Sound of Song - BBC iPlayer....quick!



I happened to come across this tonight on BBC4.
A brief 60 minutes of recent music technology by way of 1970s' prog rock, disco and a neat bit of New York hip hop history (with Hank Shocklee - pictured). The programme host even goes to East River and stands at the famous Ampitheatre featured in Wild Style.

Check it out here but be quick about it as it will disappear in 29 days from today.

Composer and musician Neil Brand's series exploring the alchemy that creates great songs reaches the modern era, when a revolution in how they were made took place. From the synthesisers of symphonic rock to the mixes of disco and the samplings of hip hop, music was transformed by the arrival of digital technology and the computer, which gave some songwriters more power but others much less. Along the way Neil talks synths with Rick Wakeman from Yes, samples with Public Enemy's Hank Shocklee, uncovers the surprising lo-fi origins of Bruce Springsteen's stadium-busting Born in the USA, and finds out how Cher changed the sound of her voice on the smash hit Believe.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b050rbz8/sound-of-song-3-mix-it-up-and-start-again

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Car Boot Season


'Tis the season to be diggin'...!

Courtesy of Style Warrior.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Westwood Speaks About His Past





Here's a couple of videos from UK radio legend, Tim Westwood (forget the second one's Eminem title which is very misleading).
Filmed fairly recently he talks about his past and how he got to where he is today via his clubbing days.
The guy is nearly 60 years old and is doing well for his age. As for his music choices now, he plays strictly for the clubs and according to Westwood himself that has always been paramount regardless that he once was the go-to guy for those rap exclusives in the early 1990s and led the way rather than be told what to play.

Good to see that he acknowledges the UK pioneers but overall he comes across as odd in these clips - to me at least.
What is it about Westwood? My feelings for the guy change all the time. His attitude to the heyday of the UK sound are very much 'been there, done that, leave it in the past'.

I've long thought that someone of his stature could host a regular BBC Radio 2/BBC 6 Music show of classic hip hop in the evening. Imagine, two hours of all the sub-genres of hip hop where Westwood could play from three decades and drop some of the rarely-heard interviews, jingles and mixes from his old shows, the Marley Marl New York hook-ups as well as the Break To The Beat Version Excursions - remember them?

Aaah, it's all pie in the sky, rose-tinted specs stuff. But wouldn't it be great?

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

The Future Of Ageing B-Boys Unite


 So here we are, 2017. Another year older and if I'm honest, another year more disillusioned.

This is the ninth year that I have been blogging and as much as it would be a blast I don't see me making it to ten. No I haven't got some incurable disease or anything, it's just that I have been having a period of introspection lately.
For the past three weeks I've had a really nasty bout of flu which pretty much wiped me out all over Christmas (and my much-awaited NYC trip). This meant much bed-time and amongst the seriously-strange hallucinatory nights I began a time of thinking about stuff.

What does ABU mean to you?
I bet it means a lot less than it used to. It certainly does to me. These days it has become a place where I advertise my latest DJ-ing gig. Who really wants to visit the blog to be told that? No one living anywhere more than 20 miles of Norwich that's for sure.

I feel like I have nothing left to offer you any more. Blogs are dead. I'm surprised ABU has shuffled on this far into the millennium. Facebook (cough) and other social media sites seem to be where it's really at nowadays rather than some antiquated Blogging platform - sorry Blogger, but you really are looking old. I even dabbled with a few Wordpress templates which looked nice and fancy but that would've been starting again from the ground up. Hey, no probs I like a good challenge but at the end of the day again, what is it all for?
I need to think about whether I stop the Blog for good or do I just start something else?

Moving on to another point. The podcast.
I love making the ABU podcasts. Trust me, the little, iddy-biddy pieces of editing that I do that I know no one but me knows that I've done it is just the sort of geeky delight which floats my proverbial boat. In truth though the shows take a lot of time but that's mostly due to my perfectionist nature. I could bang out a show in a couple of days but I want each one to be as good as I can make it which usually means beginning the next as soon as the last is complete. Many late nights contribute to them and much focus is taken away from my family to do them.
When my youngest daughter once drew a picture of our family and I was shown as the figure in the corner hunched over my laptop then this was the wake-up call I needed.

Going through the figures on Hearthis.com tells me that I get listens from as low as 71 to as high as 131 for some shows giving an average of around 95 plays per show. Add the monthly live stream listeners from Disco Scratch which amounts to something like 20 and I suppose the results are okay. Not brilliant but again not some I'm-putting-my-head-in-the-oven statistics.

I missed the December podcast slot as I was away. This month's excuse is that I'm still not 100% back to normal health. I'm thinking about scrapping the regularity of the shows anyway and perhaps the surprise of one day seeing a teaser poster for an upcoming irregular ABU podcast may be the kick up the bottom it needs to send listeners into a frenzy. Maybe? Maybe not.

ABU was never a vanity project for me. If anything it was an outlet to pour out my scribblings of what I liked about hip hop at the time, sometimes uploading albums when I felt like it such as the Electro series and the odd Mike Allen cassette rip. The podcast came after doing one for a college project and enjoying it enough to do it for real.

Thank you to anyone that has ever been a part of ABU in any way. There have been many supporters over the years and I want to send heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you. Some of you have been there from the beginning and are still here now while some have drifted off along the way for whatever reason. One man, Ramses has supported from year zero and although just the occasional comment left on a post still means you're around. Thank you.
Of course it goes without saying that the mighty Disco Scratch and Style Warrior have been solid stalwarts in my corner and staunch supporters of all things ABU - Waxer & LG, thank you.

By the way whilst typing this I am listening to one of the greatest DJ mixes I have had the pleasure to hear - DJ Super JB's mix for The Hip Hop Sessions. An hour of electro funk mixed with the finesse of Mastermind on the GLI. He has remastered it especially with the goal of it appearing on the next ABU podcast. You will love it. The Chuckles won't.

Anyway, to paraphrase Public Enemy, the future of ABU is in doubt.

- Repo



UPDATE:

Since I initially typed this out at the weekend it has laid dormant for a few days whilst I have been thinking about hitting the 'Publish' button.
Since then however..... breaking news...... Both Disco Scratch AND Style Warrior have decided to shut up shop this week. Yep, these two mighty components of musical masterpieces in the UK scene are disbanding. No more Thursdays hunched around the radio at 9pm. No more interaction in the chatroom.
This is all a bit bizarre and actually has pretty much made my mind up for me now.

Here are their statements:

Disco Scratch: http://discoscratch.co.uk/2017/01/11/stick-a-fork-in-me-im-done/
Style Warrior: http://www.stylewarrior.co.uk/farewell/

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays



As Christmas Eve begins to draw to a close I thought it only right to wish you all a very Merry Xmas.
All the readers, supporters and listeners to ABU! who've been there throughout the year, from the bottom of my heart - and more importantly - the heart of my bottom, thank you all.

I'm having a bit of a break and flying off to NYC with Mrs Repo on Boxing Day but don't worry, I'll be sharing my holiday snaps soon enough with you asap - is that a threat or a promise? I'm high on Christmas booze so you decide.

Take care and have a good one,

Repo136


P.s.
As a special bonus here is a brief Christmas show from Waxer (Disco Scratch) that he put together yesterday.
It's a collection of all the festive voicemails received recently on the DS Hotline along with some superb Duck Alert beats.
You must check it out!




 P.s.s. while I'm still here, best to let you know that there will not be an ABU show this month. The Podcast returns to burn in 2017. Watch the riiiiiiiiide!














Saturday, 17 December 2016

The No Half Steppin' Xmas Jam 2016



Tonight is the The No Half Steppin' Xmas Jam 2016.
On the bill....Chrome and Illinspired (with DJ Super JB), Uncle Mic Nitro, Heavy Links, The Juice MCs, Sinista and Morph (POTF) with DJs Just-1, Repo and Palma. The night will be hosted by Illinspired.

Doors open at 7pm with free entry all night.
It will be dope. Be there!
 

Saturday, 10 December 2016

The ABU Polystylism Soundtrack Show



Originally broadcast on Thursday 8th December 2016 on Disco Scratch Radio (http://discoscratch.co.uk).

Polystylism is a monthly, hour long, open-genre music show where anyone can decide where the listening experience takes you with their own playlist.

As I'm a lifelong fan of music and film I decided to dedicate 60 minutes to television and movie soundtracks. The majority of my selection is focussed on my childhood viewing habits so there are a fair few themes from the late 1970s and early 80s.

Plug in some headphones and relax in the nostalgic glow of the ABU Polystylism experience.

The tracklisting is in the comments but I recommend not looking until the show has finished for maximum enjoyment.

Pip-pip!
Squadron Leader Reepz



Saturday, 26 November 2016

November Podcast DOWNLOAD (#64)




November's Podcast is now in the bag. If you didn't reach on Thursday night then you can check it out at your leisure - obviously it would be better if you got off your lazy arse and tuned in when it went out live, but I don't mind. Not at all.
Just be aware that I know where you live. I know your secrets. I know you still have Freddie - your childhood bear - in close proximity. Just tune in on the last Thursday of the month and we shall say no more.

Toodle-pip, gang!

Lovemaster Repo B




If you want to know what's coming up in the show instead of waiting for the surprise then here it is. Go nuts, dude.


01  The James Gang - Ashes, The Rain And I
02  Lex Horton - The Theme from Vice City
03  Freshco & Miz - We Dont Play
04  Jorun Bombay - Hip Hop Family Tree Pt 1
05  Divine Styler - Ain't Sayin Nothin
06  The Fabreeze Brothers - All Out War
07  Remark - The Remarkable 1 - Soul
08  Grandmaster Melle Mel And The Furious Five - Beat Street Breakdown
09  Sir Ibu Of Divine Force - I'm The Peacemaker
10  Vic's Club Singer Quiz!
11  A Tribe Called Quest - We The People (We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service)
12  Eric B And Rakim - My Melody
Ads
13  Ice T - Ya Don't Quit
14  ODB - Shimmy Shimmy Ya
15  Jan Hammer - Crockett's Theme (Extended 12'' Mix)

Dope Doubleness
16  Gang Starr -Take It Personal
17  Gang Starr -Jazz Thing (Video Mix)

18   Mister Jason Presents Frankensteez - Mister Jason Has A Posse (DJ Format´s A-Z Of Classic Breaks Remix)

The Funk Trunk
19  DJ Mark N  - Live 7" Throwdown Vol.1 (Breakbeats)

20  Rammellzee - Paint To Pave The Road (Sam Sever Remix)

Roots Of The Roots
21  Colonel Abrams - Trapped (

22  Public Enemy - Shut Em Down (LP Version & Pe-te Rock Mixx)
23  Flipout - Flippin' Bob Part 1
24  Diamond D - Check One, Two


Also check out:

https://theremarkable1.bandcamp.com/album/7-soul-being-human
https://soundcloud.com/k-delight/scratch-club-free-download
https://flipoutmusic.bandcamp.com/


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