Bands a make her dance

I've been loving The Roots. I was wrong about them. From "Do You Want More?!!!??!" through to "Phrenology" that's an amazing four album run.

And I got to thinking about my prejudices towards the concept of Hip-hop with instruments. I've always thought it had to be 2 turntables and a microphone, or an MPC. Some deconstructive virtual shit.

And then I thought a bit deeper - back to the Sugarhill Gang and then further deep into the pre-history of Rap, and naturally of Reggae too. There's always been rapping with instruments. In fact pretty soon the "classic" version of Hip-Hop we know from sampling will seem a small island in time.

I've built this mix - which is a pretty dope history lesson -  in reverse chronological order for a change. To lead your ears out from the present.


Jay Z - Jigga
NERD - Lapdance
Timbaland and Magoo - Up Jumps The Boogie
The Roots - Double Trouble
Stetsasonic - Pen and Paper
Trouble Funk - Drop The Bomb
Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel - Step Off
Rammelzee and K Rob - Beat Bop
The Younger Generation - We Rap More Mellow
Soul Sonic Force - Zulu Nation Throwdown
Funky 4 + 1 - That’s the Joint
The Treacherous Three - The Body Rock
Xanadu and Sweet Lady - Rockers Choice
Derek Laro and Trinity - Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough
Welton Irie - Shake Your Body Down To The Ground
Fatback and King Tim III - Personality Jock
Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
The Last Poets - Related To What Chant/Related To What/Mean Machine Chant
Big Youth - Jim Squashy
Hustlers Convention - Sport
James Brown - Black President
U.Roy and Eric Donaldson - Festival Time
Pigmeat Markham - Here comes The Judge
Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley


I've got blisters on my fingers!

You know that line dear reader! I kept wandering into situations recently where people were playing The Beatles "Helter Skelter", it must have been at least thrice, and it always sounds as alien and terrifying.

Here's a really nice mix of this grungey, mutated R'n'B-derived sound which has caught my ear. Partly inspired by the new SchoolBoy Q "Blank Face" disc - by rediscovering the bruised sonix of Alex Chilton's lost years - by finally catching up with Tricky's "Pre-Milennial Tension" - by discovering the fucked-up Proto-Rock-Rap coming out of Sun Studios.

The mix starts focused and then descends into a maelstrom of re-imagined Afro-primitivism before riding the brittle linndrums of RSW into the recently discovered (by me) Robert Gordon mix of World Dom's LL Cool J homage.

I hope you can get with this dear readers.


Gomez - Get Miles
The Cramps - Human Fly
Howling Wolf - Moanin’ at Midnight
Tricky - Christiansands
Black Sheep - Similak Child
Captain Beefheart - Moody Liz
Joe Hill Louis - Gotta Let You Go
Alex Chilton - Bangkok
Jimi Hendrix - Stone Free
Miles Davis - Red China Blues
Schoolboy Q - That Part
Siouxsie and The Banshees - Tattoo
Sam Prekop - Practice Twice
Hype Williams - Untitled
Steel An’ Skin - Afro Punk Reggae Dub
Masikulu Rhythm - Mark Ernestus vs. Konono NÂș1
Renegade Soundwave - The Phantom (It’s In There)
World Domination Enterprises - I Can’t Live Without My Radio (Robert Gordon Total Mix)