RIP my old mate Bob Truman

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Bob Truman, 27.05.1961 – 07.07.2015

One of the nicest people I have ever had the fortune to know.  In the picture above is his daughter & grandson, one of 3 grandchildren he leaves behind.  Dionne, Lauren (his 2 children) and his soul mate of over 30 years Marti, will miss him forever… Today is a celebration of his life, not a sombre affair of him not being here anymore.

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Bob & daughter Lauren

I spent many great times with this man over the past 18 years that I know him.  Our immediate common interest was music… Bob was very passionate about his music and could love, rate & rant over music with all his heart!pinkfloyd

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A passionate West Ham fan, I fondly remember Saturday afternoons in Plaistow, East London either in his place in Beckton, mine in Wigston Road in Plaistow or Aide & Dionne’s place in Solent Rise… the roast beef joint would be put on my one of our lady folk about 10 in the morning… normally I’d be at work in the morning, then meet Bob & Aide in the pub for a few scoops then back to listen to West Ham on the radio while steaming into our Roast Beef sarnies!

Bob was a very quick witted, sarcastic, rude… SO RUDE haha!!! and funny bloke.. he couldn’t really be arsed with technology and I remember trying to set him up on FaceBook a couple of years ago which proved to be challenging (for me hehe!).

He will be sorely missed, big love to the whole family from me, Corrrina, Byron & Safire.

Lastly, this was his occupation, according to facebook… loadsa love mate, see you in the next life…

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Digging 4 Victory July 2015

So, me mate wiv the crate, ole’ LG, “King of tees”, just happens to knock up a podcast once a month.  So, once he’s done his thing, he records it to tape, seals it up in an envelope with a nice letter then puts it in the bureau.

While at dinner, he casually mentions to the family that he might take the dog for a walk.  I must state that I don’t know if he has a dog or not.  Well, after putting the dishes on the side with a parting shot of “I’ll do them in a bit”, LG grabs the envelope and heads for the door, leash in hand…

It’s a 15 minute walk to his nearest post box… sometimes he ventures across the moors, other times he jumps over old “Stumpy o’leg McNolegs” fence, runs amok with the chickens in his yard then bunks over the other side into the alley…

He then deposits said tape into the pillarbox & hopes for the best… he marks it “Wax, Margate”.

Somehow it ends up in my grubby hands… I play the tape… on my own, in the POV, paisley dressing gown slightly open… I might have Bullseye on in the background while I flip the tape over and over in my hand… I might have a snifter of brandy, who knows… eventually, after deciding I want to slip into a snazzy suit, I slip it on and discover a multitude of quite frankly, FUCKIN EXCELLENT MUSIC.

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Latest Polystylism show (July 2015) now available

Last night was taken over by the show that I do once a month called “Polystylism”… WTF is that I hear you cry… well, here’s our tagline… “Where music of various different styles past and present are juxtaposed in proximity” basically I, or whoever takes over the show plays anything they want (other than Hip Hop/Rap) that means something to them, even though they mainly listen to Hip Hop… it’s interesting as people bare their soul with their music and in some cases, exorcise their demons…

I have met people that are “hardcore hip hop”… but after many, many years… they might admit to liking 1 or 2 non hip hop tracks… well, maybe you need to come out the closet and show that you love other music also… maybe you can educate us?

I used to be a music snob… so proud of my hardcore hip hop attitude that I simply wouldn’t entertain anything else… I was terrible… you grow with age & experience… I am trying to grow… why not grow with me? e-mail me at audio@polystylism.co.uk or tweet http://twitter.com/polystylism1 to get in on the act and have a takeover show…

Last nights show is now available for download… head to the main site to cop it… mixcloud link coming up… http://polystylism.co.uk/ps4-opening-up-to-synthwave/

UK Fresh 86 Mega Post

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So, I was perusing the fantastic, OG site that is oldschoolhiphop.com.  This was the first community I became aware of online and joined back in 2001.  Just recently I have been going back through a load of old posts and found one where a rip of UK Fresh ’86 had been asked for.

Well, I uploaded the first 2 tapes about 5 years ago to Disco Scratch, but for some reason didn’t upload part 3.  Well, I’ve realised I had already ripped it years ago just not upped it.  When I went back to the tapes & listened again I got all nostalgic, the looked through posts about UK Fresh ’86 on various websites & thought I’d repost the links to the first 2 tapes & part 3 in this post.

I’d also like to bring your attention to the excellent site run by Simmo, where he has a great page just with info about UK Fresh ’86

There is also a Facebook group (doesn’t seem very active)

If you want to read the actual program from UK Fresh ’86, you can download a PDF HERE

Also, an excellent DJ mix has been done celebrating UK Fresh, by the UK’s K-Delight, stream it here:

And a nice vid off youtube:

Well, onto the music from the actual event, here’s the original post of tape 1 (of 3)

And here’s tape 2 (of 3)

The last tape is available as a download below, or if you subscribe in iTunes or elsewhere you’ll get an auto download.  Well, that about wraps up this mega post… I am hoping that in 2016, myself & Repo will be doing a 30th anniversary show featuring never before seen video footage from UK Fresh… stay locked…

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Disco Scratch Radio 02.07.2015

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Some new tunes, some old, the chat room selection, critical thoughts on new music, some discussion & debate… some serious moments, some surreal moments… laugh & cry with old Wax as I give you the views at 10, opinions, reviews, news & of course the 5 to 11 swear… all to a backdrop of dope Hip Hop…

Special respect to DJ Undercover for the birthday wishes!

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Disco Scratch Radio 25.06.2015 ABU! June takeover

abu_june_2015Reeps never sleeps… or so it seems! Now up to the 51st ABU podcast, I am always amazed that there is any room for improvement considering the amount of collar that goes into one of his shows… so a couple of days prior to the show airing, I was on the dog and bone to Monsieur .136 himself and the old boy said he’d done a bit extra on this one… if this show was a Sunday casserole, it would contain finest butchers meat, no veins, not fatty, the right colour… marinated for a couple of days, lovingly surface fried off with the best local produce, then gently placed into a slow cooker to gradually fill the house with aromas that make your mouth water…

Now imagine you’ve got up in the morning, been for your constitutionals, started on the red wine at about 2pm… you’ve had the smells of the ABU! podcast making you hungrier & hungrier throughout the day, then finally you sit down to eat, and fuck me it’s like Henry the 8th, chowing down on that muthafucker until you are absolutely stuffed….

So after this fine meal, what happens? Repo enters stage left, sidles up next to you and asks you if you would like a “waffer thin mint”… see you in the chat next week…

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Disco Scratch Radio 18.06.2015

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Technology… if this medium of the internet was not around, I would still be doing this… probably on pirate radio or maybe community radio with tapes of the show circulating like it was in the early 90s… the problem with the tech we have now is there’s so much to go wrong.  Repo & I are normally working furiously behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly on the night, but there are variables that are out of our hands…

On this night, after streaming without issue for 2 hours, I started the show & after just about an hour my internet connection just decided to pack it’s bags & tell me to fuck off in a lairy voice, laughing it’s way out the door.  Bastod.

Such is the way & I can only apologise, so this show is only around an hour and stops abruptly at the end… never mind!  Fingers crossed next week we’ll be live and direct without any problems, ABU! download up after this…

 

Disco Scratch Radio 18.06.2015 by Discoscratch on Mixcloud

Polystylism Latest show now up

Regular listeners/chatroom participants will know Death Hop from previous Disco Scratch Radio takeovers.  He said he had a show ready to go for PS, which was aired this past Thursday. Here’s a link to a previous Disco Scratch takeover show he did:

http://discoscratch.co.uk/2013/09/12/disco-scratch-radio-deathhop-takeover/

This was really interesting for me as it was the first show that a fellow ‘ip ‘op ‘ed had done for PS.  For those of you who don’t know what the show is all about, it’s a show that lets old schoolers play the music they love when they are not listening to rap… DH’s show was a mellow affair with many tracks that would go down nicely in a “play this only at night” session…

The download & stream is available on the Polystylism main site…

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I couldn’t get on air on Thursday, so tried to make up for it by doing an hour after Laz-E on Friday just gone.. if you haven’t tuned into him before, he hosts the Plastic Attack show on RTE2XM every Friday from 9pm to 10pm GMT, it’s the best show on air!

So I did an hour after this, did an 80s UK vs US show with about 10 to 12 tunes… thanks to the chatroom crew who stayed locked… next week back to Thursday 9pm to 11pm for Polystylism followed by Digging for Victory

 

Disco Scratch Radio 05.06.2015 by Discoscratch on Mixcloud

May 2015 ABU! Show. Dedicated to Raychelle Keane

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The 50th ABU! show!  Straight out the gate Repo is offering up some classic material… simply put, this 50th show was already lined up to be classic after classic, celebrating Hip Hop in all it’s glory… the fact this dropped a week after the sad news that Raychelle “Voodoo Ray” Keane died was maybe in the hands of the maker… just one of those things, however, Repo thought it a fitting tribute to remember her in the best way… with dope music…

The show is not a maudelin’ black armband experience, it’s a celebration of life and there’s not a whole lot of detail about Ray… it’s a dedication to an old schooler, funny, thoughtful, gorgeous human being…

Big respect to Repo for getting it exactly right, a fitting tribute, and besides that a dope show as always…

Peace out Ray, wherever you are…