You should know this one due to the big Pete Rock sample and because its appeared on a few compilations recently. I am completely unsure where the instrumental version came from (Ambassadors Theme) but its on the B Side of this reissue. Unofficial or legit is sounds pretty damn good. Maximum respect to the soul lovers down Austria’s Record Shack.

Mr Brown comes correct with his debut release. There are all sorts of vibes on here that cater for every day of the week, plus some. The one thing they all have in common is that golden era, dusty, boom bap instrumental sound. If your big on Kero One, Sound Providers or Pete Rock’s beats then this will definitely be up your alley. Limited to 200 hand numbered copies & out now on his very own label We Stay True.

I am buying less DnB these days purely as I find that its either a) production wank made soley by producers for producers; b) far to rough and tough for an old fella like myself; c) half ass liquid that has been done 1000x b4; d) wobble or minimal bullshit that in my opinion is unlistenable unless your completely off your head.

I initially skipped the above release because the hyped up tune on the A side was what I’d consider as a). I do believe what Rockwell is doing is outstanding, ever since I picked up the Noir EP on Critcal, but sometimes I feel he does get a little lost in the technical side of things rather than making a tune you can dance or groove out to. As you can see what the title of this post reads, I bagged this slice for Everything (& U). This tune is ultra chilled, on the atmospheric tip (like something Omni Trio were doing back in the 90’s), packed with lush harp sounds, glitchy drums and a delightful male vocal. Also I really appreciate that Darkestral go the distance with their vinyl only releases, with the  plastic anti static inner sleaves, crisp artwork, limited/deluxe 180g pressings and in this case vinyl that plays from the inside of the wax to the outside – spun out!! This 12″ is something I will cherish my entire life.

A bit off topic …. A response that left me thinking the other eve is when I questioned a good mate why he has switched to digital. He basically concluded that some of the really small digital labels are putting out quality stuff that the bigger more established UK labels won’t go near (thus no vinyl release), that 99% of the stuff dropping on wax is not representing how good DnB is atm, or the big cats like Bukem/Fabio unofficially sign tunes and sit on them until they are forgotten then the frustrated producers have no option but to put them out digitally. If your a big DnB fan then you have no real choice but to invest in Serato, Traktor or a CDJ!!!


Photek has apparently made his return after being inspired by the current state of electronic music, but I will not voice my opinion on this topic and just remember him for pushing DnB to the next level in the 90’s. The now LA based producer was in London a few weeks ago and dropped by Benji B’s to chat about his music career over the last 19 years. This is highly recommended if you want an insight into the man who made the sharpest beats you are ever going to hear. Some wise words & breakbeat science inside!!


A 5 year old rare groove mix from Kanzulu that just went to air on BTS Radio. Listen.

Eric Lau – Quadrivium

March 9, 2011

As I mentioned a few posts ago the next installment from Eric Lau is upon us. This one is on a similar vain to the Makin’ Sound release with a heap of chilled out instrumental tracks. Quadrivium represents the real hip hop, paying homeage to them Dilla beats. This won’t break your neck but your head will nod for sure…Eaaaasy.

After cleaning up at the HHV sale and making good use of my 15% off voucher at the checkout, my monthly record budget is almost officially blown. Oh well, it’s not everyday that the mighty Doom decides to release all the Special Herbs on vinyl. This 10 x 12″ box set has super nice packaging with silver inner sleaves, a bonus 45, poster and download card (my only gripe – whats the deal with 160kbps mp3s – why not 320s??). It wasn’t cheap but when you do your maths, you start to feel much better about owning something that is limited to 750 copies and has too many dope beats. Hours of listening pleasure here……….

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nevastopclip // smashclip

After the snow storms in the US apparently warped the entire 1st pressing, the yellow 7″ slice has finally found its way into my mailbox. Paul Nice has laced a beat for Phill Most Chill’s ode to record hunting. I remember hearing this beat a while back on Paul Nice’s mix, Journey To The Centre Of The Beats, where Masta Ace dropped a freestyle on it. The flip is a tribute to BDP’ classic South Bronx by Jorun Bombay. Maximum respect goes out to the dedicated hip hop lovers at DWG for going the extra mile to release what should have been…..