Good Friday it is indeed. This mix is a beat/hip-hop/rhyme collection selected from the tight brief of what the duke instructed... tunes I have listening to recently(on repeat mainly). I won't talk you through every track, but there are a few bits of information that are important.
I did not set out to make a Stones Throw compilation, but on typing my track-listing it appears to have come out that way. Almost everything they put out, in my opinion is golden.
I travel to London each day by train, followed by a twenty minute walk and then again in reverse that evening. Music on the Move. So I grab what I can from the internet in the evenings, by way of mixes and radio shows, that people kindly record and put up. This blog has give me another dynamic this week, so thanks y'all. Matt I had a particularly pleasurable ride of Tuesday morning whilst listening to your mix. I think in you and Kev we may get an insight to an almighty record collection.
Anyway early in January, Jay Electronica's Exhibit C (featured in the mix) got me back on a hip hop tip that has been resting in me for some years. Since then I have been seeking out hip hop like I haven't done for some time. All things move in cycles. I think the new beats, modern production and new MC's combined with some old generals from the 90's scene has given me a new thirst. The time for hip hop the be great again is here. When I get back of an evening I buy the tracks I like if they are for sale, download if they are meant to be downloaded or wait for Sunday to come to my house and pop some nuggets on my desktop.
The first track in the mix is from a fantastic mash up by Bullion of the Beach Boys Pet Sounds in the Key of Dee. A tribute to the beats of Dilla, without actually using his beats, and rehashing what was, and is, regarded as a ground breaking record in music production the first time around, Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys. To me a new producer dissecting what was perfection, and seek to combine it with the style of another genius Dilla, is a massive feat. Needless to say anything by Bullion (from Acton Town, London) is worth checking. Pet Sounds in the Key of Dee put out to download freely, reveals a very positive side to music on the internet. Get it and listen to it, its from start to finish its great great (i.e not just great).
The mix also features some short beats from Oh No. This recent album, Dr No's Ethiopium is a must buy for any beat 'head. Much as in the same way as with Dilla, the guy is churning them out, and the only frustration of that album is that each track is over to quickly.
I have also included some big recent tracks from Stong Arm Steady, the second of which a bonus track called "follow me" feat Thurzday off Madlib and Strong Arm Steady "In search of Stoney Jackson", when ever this comes on and I am out and about it never fails to put a dance in my step.
Anyway, there are a couple of tracks to ease you back away from the beats and madness at the end, its worth looking up Wee (Norman Whiteside), Tom Waits and Aloe Blacc if you not familiar. There is a nice story to the Wee album, which apparently was funded by small time crime to get themselves time in the studio.
I hope you like it all, it did take most of my limited free time this week. I have endured the wrath of the wife to get this for you!
Enjoy and have a Good Friday.