In 35 years of listening to Hip Hop I have never had the opportunity to see Jazzy Jeff live, so when I heard he was going to be in my town, I stood up and paid attention! Alongside the UKs finest cut & paster DJ Yoda and Huey Morgan from the Fun Lovin’ Criminals, with Boogie Storm on dance duties it was shaping up to be a belter of a night.
“May The Fourth Be With You” said Daffy Duck once (probably) and it stuck, so since a long time it’s been official Star Wars day around the world, so with Imperial Storm Trooper balloons adorning the stage, Wookies walking around in the crowd and DJ Yoda warming up the set, I was about ready to break out the blaster & bust some middle aged uncoordinated bloke dance steps…
Sadly I missed the first hour but as I entered I could hear some vibes coming from the main stage and could see Yoda was in full effect. On this particular day, we had all 4 seasons seemingly every 5 minutes it changed. There was a sea of people wrapped up to fend off the seemingly sub zero temperatures, but still all up for a good do!
Yoda played a good mix of party tunes, a few obscurities & some really well known tunes with is individual style of chops & screws. As a DJ myself I was interested in what was going on behind the wheels of steel. There were lots of mashups & party faves played in to the mix which went down a storm!
For the final 2 hours of the night, the magnificent Jazzy Jeff came on and did his thing. Now I first knew of him waaaaaaaay back in 1986 when Jeff was cutting up the classic Ultimate Breaks & Beats volume 3 (see below)
Many of you will know him from his days with Will Smith on the classic “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”. To me, I’ll always know him as a scratch DJ from this classic set. He is literally the reason why I wanted to become a scratch DJ! Flash, him, DJ Cheese and later DJ Aladdin, but with the transformer scratch like he performs here, it cemented the deal for me!
Over the years, Jeff has honed his skills and with the advancements in technology, with him changing with the times all the way, he has mastered the way to use the technology fully… and I’m not talking about just using the “Sync” button! With the introduction of the new “Phase” kit, which I know Jeff has adapted, there’s not even a worry about needles jumping any more!
But, you can have all the DJ tech in the world, but it’s what comes out the speakers that is important! And that’s where he shined last night. Constantly keeping it moving and playing across all genres…even though he is from the world of hip hop, you’ll hear tunes from Pop, rock, metal, funk, soul, hip hop, house, jungle, garage and all the genres between in a melting pot of tunage!
The only negative thing I have to say about his performance, is from time to time he would drop a blinding track which you could tell everyone wanted to hear, but he mixed out of it too quickly… but I understand why… if you let tunes roll too long it changes the paradigm and then it becomes a different thing. The MC hosting the event was nice and kept the crowd engaged throughout.
I did manage to grab a short interview with DJ Yoda while he was walking away from the stage, but on my recorder I didn’t have the wind proof covers for the mics and so all I got was a load of wind noise with us drowned out in the background! Anyway, a great night and I’m looking forward to more sets at the venue throughout the summer. Many thanks to Dreamland staff for taking care of business, especially Sinéad who arranged press access. Please arrange for warmer temperatures haha! Peace, Waxer.
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About 5 years ago I did a show with my son. He was about 13 roughly. I got him to play 3 tunes and I gave my opinions, then I played him 3 and he gave me mine (we played them alternately). I had a lot of great feedback about that show, as it’s about the passing of the mantle between generations. Now let me introduce you to my daughter…
She’s currently 13 and over the past year has got into trap/drill, but also in a wider sense, rap. And from that, Eminem, some of the other rappers that are more widely available (Drake, Kanye etc). But, she has also developed an ear for stuff that I like. There have been certain tracks that I have played that she has gotten into and one of those is played in the show tonight.
So we had a laugh for the first 40 minutes (this was recorded Sunday), then I was live to the world last night. Chatroom was in effect, views at 10 (and I went DEEP this week!), played some brand new cuts from the UK & US (special shout to B Line Recordings SPECIFIK with his new LP)
Then we had a couple of tracks, 1 including Haynesy, then went into the chatroom selection… Loving the fact I have now got the stream back to being reliable and this will be on the regular now! So, spread the word, leave a comment if you like this, or not, share, repost as you see fit, salute!
Get your stream/download on below, tracklist in comments…
Being as Blade is now on social media I replayed this interview as he is writing some great posts on FB at the moment. Between myself and a couple of others we will be helping Blade get a proper website up and running with all the great pictures, videos and stories. He was in the chat room when this show was played, so when I say it’s worth getting in the chat, it really is!
More guests to come soon and all the usual downloads below…
Last night the first Disco Scratch Radio of the year aired and featured all tracks released in 2018 (except one which is coming out in 2019, but created in 2018!), all selected by members of the ABU FaceBook group. 20 tracks in total, I won’t flap on too much in here, just get your listening gear round the file below. As usual, all links below.
I’m hoping to be working locally for at least the next 2 to 3 months so should be back to regular live shows on a Thursday night from now on! The full tracklist with the names of the ABU members that selected the cuts is in the comments at the bottom of the post. Thanks to all the contributors, see you next week!
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Streamed live on Thursday 20th December, accompanied by a couple of snifters of a little suttin’ suttin’, I sat with my elf hat on and partially open paisley dressing gown and got filled in with Christmas spirit courtesy the old boy Repo Claus… We always try to get as many people in the chatroom as possible… trying to get the balance right with a little bit of promo without tagging everyone and cramming it down your holiday road!
Repo & I like to think that if ABU! is your cup of tea, that you would seek it out yourself without us doing too much, however it’s always a little disappointing when we don’t get many live listeners… we have supported many people and websites, radio shows, music releases, events and so on over the years, yet for reasons unknown to us it doesn’t seem to be reciprocated.
Somehow, this post bringing you Christmas cheer has turned into a bit of an end of year moan! Oh well, take that brandy bottle by the neck, take a slug and sneak into your mum & dads room where you know they’ve hidden your Christmas present (like I did at Christmas, I think probably 1983 and completed the game and put it back in the box about a week before Crimbo, then had to look all surprised when I took the wrapping paper off!, shame on me!)
And so here is the actual show that went out live, it is hosted on Repo’s Hearthis page, so for the sake of statistics and keeping everything in one place, here’s the embedded Hearthis player. A download link is included within the player for you to grab it and throw it on your player of choice. Grab some eggnog, some Stölen and tune in… see ya next week for the Disco Scratch Radio end of year show… Tracklist in the comments.
This week I was stuck away working AGAIN with shitty Wifi. I knew I couldn’t broadcast live so I tried to upload this show 4 HOURS before 9pm and after 3 hours it was still only 50% done so I ended up abandoning it. I feel like a got damn stuck record with telling people I couldn’t do a show, however I’m job hunting at the moment and I won’t be working away from home then.
My work situation has in fact messed me up and now I can’t get to the NHS jam next week where I was meant to be DJing for Whirlwind D & Original One. This is a right shitter as it’s really the only jam I go to religiously every year, but real life shit gets in the way… what ya gonna do?
Anyway, hope you enjoy this rave from the grave show, it’ll keep ya going until I can get a live show again, which won’t happen next week as I’ll be driving down the fucking cunting bastarding M1 when I should be on air because of my work schedule, but something will be up on Friday…
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Bloody hell the knowledge this bloke has is super deep. So we split the interview into 2. Thanks to everyone who joined in live last week for the show. Unfortunately I had a bad problem that arose yesterday that threw everything out the window, so when I should have been streaming I was driving down the M1 trying to get to Margate!
So anyway, here’s the show, back to live next week…
As always you can stream/download the show below, head to the Mediafire site and grab the show (just click the image) and other shows (I am building the vault), or if you prefer stream from Mixcloud / Hearthis. There is also an internet archive page here if you fancy that… til next week.
A member of ABU! Asked me this past week about an interview that I did with No Sleep Nigel. He had found an obscure reference to it on a forum somewhere. After a bit of searching I realised that even though it was broadcast back in 2010 it wasn’t available for download anywhere. I was a bit tight for time last week and despite my best attempts I didn’t think a live show was possible, so I thought it was a good time to reflect on this interview.
Part 2 will be broadcast this week and back to live shows the week after. Download/stream below, or grab from the Internet archive here: https://archive.org/details/DiscoScratchRadio25NoSleepNigelPart1
Or if you want to be a completist, it’s also on mediafire along with several others, you can check that out here:
OK, OK, it’s 5 days after it was broadcast, I had a few things to deal with over the weekend, so here it is… What’s that weird frog? WTF is he going on about? All explained in the show…
Waxy woo brings some new tracks along, has a good rant about “internet speak” that is affecting our beloved English language. Chatroom stuff, “Record reviews”, Ageing B Boys Unite special talking about the best intros to Hip Hop tracks, the usual stuff that sounds like dog diarrhoea being sucked through a sock. Recorded in Wales, streamed from Petersfield…
Wanna stream from these services? Embedded below… Or if not just download from this post… or you can grab from the web archive: